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    International Seminar on Child Protection to Be Held in Cairo

    Date published: 5 January 2009

    The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) is holding a seminar in Cairo on February 19, 2009 to discuss means of protecting vulnerable children through carrying out effective prevention strategies.

    Entitled "Crossing Borders to Protect the Children of the World," the seminar will be held on the occasion of the Honorary Board meeting of the ICMEC, the leading global service agency working to protect world’s children from exploitation and abduction.

    ICMEC's honorary members are: Queen Silvia of Sweden, Wife of the President of the European Commission Mrs. Margarida Sousa Uva Barroso, First Lady of the United States Mrs. Laura Bush, Former First Lady of France Mrs. Bernadette Chirac, Governor of Saint Petersburg Mrs. Valentina Matvienko and former First Lady of the Russian Federation Mrs. Lyudmila Putin.

    The Honorary Board of ICMEC is scheduled to meet at a morning closed session on February 19. The board members are expected to review progress made since their last meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris in 2007, termed by Le Figaro as "the G-8 for Children." During the meeting, the Honorary Board reviewed the worldwide problem of missing and sexually exploited children, including the global epidemic of internet child pornography.

    The Honorary Board members were invited to Cairo for their next meeting. The Egyptian bodies underlined that "the problem of abused and exploited children…has remained in the shadows for too long…this issue is a global phenomenon – if not attended to, it may reach epidemic proportions."

    The international seminar will feature remarks by selected Honorary Board members and four presentations by experts on: Cyber Safety, Model Legislation, Different Legal Systems/Shared Commitment to the Interests of Children and the Financial Coalition against Child Pornography.
    The event will conclude with a declaration on behalf of all Honorary Board members, calling on everybody to reach across borders and work together to protect children of the world.  

    In September 2007, Egypt's Internet Safety Project was launched during the International Youth Forum held in Sharm El-Sheikh. The project's first executive board meeting was held in Cairo in December 2007. The meeting was attended by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel. Since then, the Internet Safety Project has proved active presence in the international arena.

    Internet Safety Project aims to utilize Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in spreading a culture of peace, tolerance and dialogue among youth as well as protecting children from the misuse of the internet.

    In March 2008, "Young People in the Internet and Mobile Age: Safe and Empowered!" conference was organized by the Internet Safety Project.

    The conference provided an opportunity for Egypt to get first-hand knowledge and experience about the world’s best practices in internet safety for the youngsters and children. The event brought together stakeholders from all over the world to exchange experiences, identify risks and share responsibilities in this domain.

    In November 2008, Egypt's Internet Safety Project was selected to be represented in the committee of "e-Leaders of Tomorrow for ICT and Youth," a body under the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (UN GAID).

    About The Internet Safety Project
    First of its kind in the region, the Internet Safety Project was launched in 2007 at the International Youth Forum in Sharm el Sheik. The project utilizes ICTs and internet-based tools with the chief aim of spreading a culture of peace, tolerance and dialogue among youth through facilitating intercultural communication and understanding, empathy creation, skill development and internet safety awareness and knowledge among young people and other stakeholders.

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