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Among the multitude of challenges at the intersection of business and human rights, urgent action is needed to protect children from all forms of violence, in particular in the view of the restart of tourism after COVID-19 pandemic. As the world responds to the pandemic, push factors that facilitate or lead to violence in general, including the sexual exploitation of children both online and offline are intensifying, or are expected to increase. It’s time now, to rethink inclusive and sustainable development in the region that can be achieved only if key stakeholders act together to prevent, mitigate, and remediate risks to child protection.
To have key stakeholders representing governments, the travel & tourism and the ICT industry, as well as CSOs take stock of the key challenges, including implications of the pandemic, versus progress made up to date in respect to child protection; and to plan the recovery process for the travel and tourism sector in the Asia-Pacific region. The discussion will help to plan, coordinate and influence others about what steps to take to restart tourism in a sustainable way, with child protection in focus.
What are the key risks to children’s rights view the impact of COVID-19?
What solutions can companies implement to address these, now and during the phase of the recovery, considering the current “survival mode” for the travel and tourism sector itself?
What actions are there and need to be taken by governments and regional intergovernmental bodies to create an environment where businesses will be able to effectively protect children rights?