In co-operation with the Council of Europe, Wilton Park is holding a conference on “Protecting children from violence: next steps for effective strategies” in Steyning (United Kingdom) from 9 to 11 November 2016. The conference will be attended by the UK Under Secretary of State for Internet Safety and Security, UN representatives, researchers and academics, civil society representatives and several PACE members who will chair sessions and make presentations:
- Stella Kyriakides (Cyprus, EPP/CD), Chairperson of the Committee on Social Affairs
- Sevinj Fataliyeva (Azerbaijan, EC), General Rapporteur on Children
- Michele Nicoletti (Italy, SOC), Chairperson of the Italian delegation
- Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo (Monaco, EPP/CD), rapporteur on female genital mutilation
- Valeriu Ghiletchi (Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD), rapporteur on the over-sexualisation of children
- members of the Network of Contact Parliamentarians to stop sexual violence against children: Ingebjørg Godskesen (Norway, EC), Annette Groth (Germany, UEL), Ögmundur Jónasson (Iceland, UEL) and Eleni Rapti (Greece, EPP/CD).
The aim of the conference is to encourage international, European and national political stakeholders to promote legislation and institutional reforms for the implementation of child protection standards; identify areas in which monitoring mechanisms need to be strengthened to ensure that children’s rights are upheld; and foster exchanges and share best practice between experts.
Wilton Park is an executive agency of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, set up in 1946. It organises some 60 conferences a year in the United Kingdom and overseas and focuses on issues such as the global economy, human rights and good governance, international security, conflict prevention and resolution and sustainable development and the environment.