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Child protection in a digital environment: parliamentarians meet in Florence

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Network of contact parliamentarians to stop sexual violence against children will hold its 27th and final meeting on 1st December 2016 in Florence. More than 60 guests will be participating, including Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, UNICEF representatives, researchers, NGOs and PACE members.

Established in 2011, the Network has been successful in raising awareness of the importance of member States’ acceptance of the ‘Lanzarote Convention’, which has led to more than 30 ratifications. The meeting will not only mark the achievements of the Network, but will provide a road map for further action in upcoming years based on the knowledge gathered and dynamics generated by the ONE in FIVE Campaign to stop sexual violence against children (2011-2015).

The meeting will also aim to promote Council of Europe standards and activities in this field, with a special focus on protecting children in the digital environment, and to contribute to debates at international, European and national levels by providing a forum for exchange between parliamentarians and experts.

On the eve, the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development will hold its ordinary meeting, for which items on the agenda include child protection, social and economic rights such as collective labour rights as protected by the European Social Charter or the rights of the elderly, as well as public health issues.

Both events will take place at the UNICEF Office of Research Innocenti in Florence (Italy), in the historical setting of the Istituto degli Innocenti, an orphanage and hospital dating back to the 15th century.


The meeting on ‘Sexual violence against children in the digital environment’ on 1st December 2016 will be open to the press.

For further information, please contact PACE Communication Division, pace.com@coe.int or number: +33(0)6 62 27 65 23.