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UNODC, UNICEF, and ICMEC Organize the Regional Conference against Abuse and Sexual Exploitation Online of Children and Adolescents

San Salvador, March 8 th, 2016 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in collaboration with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) and UNICEF, developed on March, 7 th - 8 th, the Regional Conference Against Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Online of Children and Adolescents, "Together for a Protected Childhood, Combating Technology-Facilitated Child Sexual Abuse" aimed at general public in order to coordinate efforts on countering these crimes.

Opening remarks were given by Mr. Carlos Mauricio Canjura Linares, Minister of Education of the Republic of El Salvador, Mr. Bernhard Garside, Ambassador of United Kingdom in El Salvador, Mr. Neil Walsh, Chief of the Global Programme on Cybercrime of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Ms. Nadine Perrault, Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF​​) in El Salvador and Ms. Pilar Ramirez, Legal Adviser and Project Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean of the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC).

In the Conference different topics related to the interaction between children and adolescents with Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) were developed; as well as the risks that internet poses to this group. Additionally, experiences of different states and organizations in the fight against computer-related crimes that put in danger children and adolescents were developed.

The conference had the remarkable participation of organisms and institutions such as ICMEC, U.S. Marshals Services, ITU, Child Focus, Chicos.Net, RedNATIC, IIN-OAS, ICE, INTERPOL, UNODC and ECPAT. Mr. Neil Walsh, UNODC Chief of the Global Programme on Cybercrime delivered the presentation "UNODC Mandate on Cybercrime and Childhood".

This conference had the financial support of the initiative #WePROTECT of the United Kingdom.