UN High-Level Political Forum Side Event: Protecting the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents

Never in recorded history have so many children and adolescents been out of school due to coronavirus, depriving them of in-person education – an enormous setback to achieving the SDGs. Efforts underway to mitigate this education void through online education are an important step, but this increased presence on the internet escalates already prevalent dangers for young people by exposing them to targeting by traffickers.

This side event takes place during the annual meeting of the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) where progress toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is reviewed. The event will focus on protecting children and youth, with special emphasis on SDGs 4 (Education) and SDG 16 (Justice) which includes ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against children.

This virtual round table will bring together experts in child sex trafficking and exploitation, child protection, and internet safety, for an important conversation outlining what to watch for, and showcasing tools and tips so families, educators and children themselves can enjoy the internet for learning and socializing, without becoming victims of unscrupulous predators.

Mánus de Barra, Child Protection Officer at the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children
John Carr, ECPAT International
Dr. Gail Dines, Culture Reframed (culturereframed.org)
Kyra Wooden, Youth Outreach Manager ECPAT-USA
Shanifa Bennett, Survivors’ Council, ECPAT-USA
Moderator: Lori L. Cohen, Executive Director of ECPAT-USA