International Summit on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism

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International Summit on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism

June 6-7, 2018 Bogotá DC, Colombia



The International Summit to address the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism (SECTT) will be convened on June 6-7 2018 in Bogotá, Colombia. The Summit will be hosted by the Government of Colombia, which has taken a number of innovative child protection measures in the travel and tourism sector. The event will bring together worldwide leaders representing governments, international and regional multilateral organisations, the private sector, law enforcement agencies, child rights experts and non-governmental organisations to raise international attention to SECTT and provide an opportunity to exchange good practices and experiences. It will explore accelerated actions for implementation of the recommendations of the Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism, which are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provide a roadmap to address this worldwide challenge.


The Global Study on SECTT, which was an outcome of the inputs of 67 partners from around the world, documented the continued growth of sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism, the increasing numbers of child victims, and the global nature of the problem. It concluded that no region is untouched, and no country is immune. The launch of the Study in May 2016, followed by a series of global, regional and national presentations and workshops, brought the findings to the attention of a wide range of decision-makers and stakeholders.

In July 2017, a high-level meeting was convened with key partners to develop a strategy to support the implementation of the 46 recommendations of the Global Study. The ‘Transition Meeting’, hosted in Madrid by the UNWTO, engaged leaders and experts from the private sector, law enforcement agencies, international organisations, regional entities, and NGOs. Together they define the next steps to coordinate and intensify global efforts to address SECTT.  Among these steps is an International Summit on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism.


The overall goal of the International Summit is to expand and strengthen actions by a broad range of partners worldwide and to protect children in travel and tourism based on the recommendations of the Global Study on SECTT, and as a contribution to 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals, a number of which relate to child protection and sustainable tourism.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Prioritise actions to increase commitments to child protection in travel and tourism.
  • Promote integrated multisectoral actions and align the agendas of the various segments of travel and tourism sector and other to protect children from exploitation in travel and tourism.
  • Share good practices to increase the involvement of a broadened range of stakeholders and build strategic and synergistic alliances as part of the process of promoting child protection in travel and tourism.
  • Call for committed actions to move forward with the implementation of the recommendations of the Global Study through concrete actions towards ending SECTT.


The organisation of the Summit will be led by the Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism in cooperation with the Tourism Authority of the Capital District of Bogota (IDT), the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Colombian Child Protection Authority (ICBF) and ECPAT Colombia – Fundación Renacer. Among the co-organisers of the Summit are the High-Level Task Force on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism, ECPAT and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).  Discussions are underway with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) about their possible roles in the Summit.

Participants will be invited as key representatives of relevant global, regional and national bodies, law enforcement agencies, the private sector actors and civil society organisations. In addition to plenary sessions, the Summit structure will ensure active involvement of all participants through panel discussions and workshops, leading to increased and stronger global, regional, national and inter-sectoral commitments to take actions towards ending SECTT.


Comments, suggestions and specific proposals for agenda and related events of the Global Summit are invited.

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