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Side Event - Rethinking the Restart of Tourism in the Asia-Pacific Region while Managing Adverse Impacts on Child Rights

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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?

Dr. Rinchen Chophel

Dr. Rinchen Chophel is well known in the Region and enjoys high regards as an expert on Gender, Human Rights and in particular as a key Champion of Ending Violence Against Children, nationally, regionally and globally.

Ms. Marie-Laure Lemineur

Marie-Laure Lemineur is legally trained and has a professional background in internet governance, child online safety, children’s rights and the domain name industry.

Ms. Lucia Soleti

Lucia Soleti brings over 12 years’ working experience in the area of child protection. Since mid-2019, she has been the Chief of Child Protection for UNICEF Cambodia.

Mr. Roi Ariel

Roi Ariel has been focusing on responsible travel and sustainable tourism over the past decade, and is currently the General Manager of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the leading global authority in setting and managing standards for sustainable travel and tourism.

Ms. Gabriela Kühn

Gabriela is in charge of ECPAT International’s program strategy on child protection in travel and tourism since 2017.

Mr. Bertie Alexander Lawson

Bertie Alexander Lawson is the Managing Director of Sampan Travel, a boutique tour operator based in Yangon organising tailor-made journeys through Myanmar.

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