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Protecting children from sexual exploitation online: Expert commentary available

NEW YORK, 12 November 2015 - Information and communication technologies have brought benefits to millions of children by revolutionizing access to information, education and social networks. At the same time children face growing risks - from 2012 to 2014 the number of webpages that contained child abuse materials increased by nearly 150 percent.

UNICEF works to protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse in every region of the world. With the support of a 10 million GBP grant from the UK Government, UNICEF has recently established a ground-breaking Global Programme to tackle online sexual exploitation of children in 17 countries and 6 regions. 

What: UNICEF experts will be available for media interviews from the #WeProtect Children Online Global Summit. Commentary available on the growing risks children face online; strategies to prevent and protect girls and boys from online sexual exploitation; and the critical role young people must play in protecting themselves while using information and communication technologies.

The Summit brings together leaders from government, the private sector, law enforcement and civil society to establish a coordinated national response to protect children from online sexual exploitation.

Who: Fatoumata Ndiaye, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director
          Cornelius Williams, UNICEF Associate Director Child Protection 
          Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Representative Philippines       

When: #WeProtect Children Online Global Summit will be held on 16 &17 November, 2015
             in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Where: Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
             Phone and skype interviews can be arranged.            
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

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For further information and interview requests, please contact: 
Melanie Sharpe, UNICEF +1 917-251-7670, msharpe@unicef.org





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