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The WePROTECT Global Alliance Summit to Address Child Sexual Exploitation Online

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With the attendance and participation of representatives from 93 countries at the WePROTECT Global Alliance Summit and a number of experts and specialists representing law enforcement and police authorities and technical companies to address the sexual exploitation of children online was held in Addis Ababa in the presence of Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia during the period from 11 to 13 December 2019.

The summit was attended by a number of ministers from Australia - Moldova - El Salvador - Cambodia - Brazil - Ukraine - Uganda - Norway - Sri Lanka - Malaysia, and those involved in sexual exploitation issues from different countries of the world. The Summit discussed a number of topics related to the sexual exploitation of children online and current challenges, and threats that countries in this field face related to the safety of children in the digital age and the strengthening of measures to protect and support victims of crimes online.

The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Interior (UAE MOI) presented a working paper at the closing session of the first day on the magnitude of the global problem and efforts in eliminating the crime of sexual exploitation. The UAE MOI also presented a working paper on national efforts, to strengthen child protection measures through the digital world and initiatives in the field of addressing and eliminating the issue of sexual exploitation and procedures carried out to protect children from these crimes, including the most prominent achievements in this field.

In addition, in coordination and partnership with the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities, the traveling exposition was hosted at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa. This is the eighth station of the exhibition, which displays the extent of the problem and ways to deal with it interactively with the public.

It is noteworthy that the United Arab Emirates won a permanent seat on the Board of WePROTECT Global Alliance in 2015 alongside the United Kingdom, international technology institutions and international organizations, for its active efforts in combating sexual exploitation and eliminating this crime.