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20th Anniversary of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale and sexual exploitation of children


23 March 2022


Virtual event (by zoom) 08:00 NYC, 13:00 Geneva, 21:00 Tokyo

In 2022, the Committee on the Rights of the Child celebrates the 20th anniversary of the coming into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC), which took place on 18 January 2002. The Committee, in collaboration with the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children, the Slavery Fund, Child Rights Connect and ECPAT, is convening a public online celebration that brings together children, members of the Committee, States, NGOs, National Human Rights Institutions, professionals working on children’s rights and other interested stakeholders, to reflect on the achievements of the OPSC in the past 20 years, and what is needed to secure its implementation within the current context, both with respect to digital advances, travel and tourism, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sale and sexual exploitation of children. 

The ninety-minute event will follow the format of:

  1. “Moving from ratification to implementation in the digital age” – Roundtable discussion (70 minutes).

    In a roundtable moderated by 2 co-facilitators, a conversation will take place between the speakers, alternating between adults and child advocates. Emphasizing concrete examples of good practices, the discussion will include emerging forms of exploitation due to the digital environment and within the context of travel and tourism, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on increasing children’s risk to sale and sexual exploitation, the heightened risk faced by particular groups of children, including migrant, refugee and displaced children, the gender dimensions of sexual offences against children, access to complaint mechanisms and remedy, including direct relief provided by the Slavery Fund, and the establishment of continuous child participation processes in the development of prevention, protection and rehabilitation measures.
  2. The screening of a video from the Voices of Survivors project
    (5 minutes).

    Showcasing the recommendations and powerful quotes of the survivors of online sexual exploitation.
  3. Interactive session with the audience (15 minutes).

List of speakers:

Concept notes and flyer

For further information on the event, please contact: [email protected]

On child safeguarding issues for the event, please contact: [email protected]

Simultaneous interpretation into English, French and Spanish, generously financed by the Government of Japan

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