National Consultation on Advancing Responsible Business Practices for Child Protection from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism (SECTT)

National Consultation on Advancing Responsible Business Practices for Child Protection from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism (SECTT), organized by Protecting Environment and Children Everywhere (PEaCE), was successfully conducted on December 12, 2017 at Hotel Galadari with highly productive outcomes.

PEaCE organized this Consultation in partnership with ECPAT International and in association with Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC), International Labour Organization, SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI), The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Sri Lankan Airlines.
 

The objective of the consultation was to discuss responsible and ethical business practices as well as administrative and regulatory practices for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism while promoting the idea of ‘sustainable tourism’ that ensures the protection of children. Over 60 representatives of key stakeholders attended the event. It was a full day consultation and a number of way forward actions were discussed and accepted.
The consultation commenced with opening remarks by Mr. Mohammed Mahuruf, Executive Director, PEaCE with a brief overview of the organization’s commitment to combat sexual exploitation of children.

Some key panelists made insightful presentations on various aspects of the protection of children in travel and tourism discourse included Ms. Hina Saeed, Secretary General, SAARC CCI, Ms. Junita Upadhyay, Deputy Executive Director, ECPAT International and Prof. Savitri Goonesekere, Ms. Sumnima Tuladhar, General Secretary CWIN Nepal, Ms. Lakmali Karunanayake, Senior State Counsel, Attorney General Department of Sri Lanka. Participants from a variety of fields in both public and private sectors and in the NGO sector were very much keen in discussing and developing actions that might in their opinion, would be important to protect children in travel and tourism.
 
Ms. Hina Saeed, Secretary General, SAARC CCI addressing the delegates during the event.

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