Business Encouraged to Work against Sexual Exploitation of Children
(New York, 28 November 2008) - The III World Congress Against the Sexual Exploitation of
Children and Adolescents, held from 25-28 November 2008 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, concluded
with a strong encouragement to companies “to join the UN Global Compact and communicate their
progress with regard to addressing the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents”.
In the “Rio de Janeiro Pact”, participants committed to use the UN Global Compact as a
platform to prevent sexual exploitation of children and adolescents. More than 3,000 people,
including representatives from 137 governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations
and children attended the four-day Congress.
One of the key aspects of the Rio Action Plan is taking a comprehensive approach to preventing
sexual exploitation of children and adolescents by addressing all of the various actors that must
work together to build and strengthen systems that protect children, including the private sector.
The plan lays out new strategies to counter evolving forms of sexual exploitation, such as
pornography and child trafficking around the world.
Outcome document, “
The Rio de Janeiro Declaration and Call for Action to Prevent and Stop Sexual Exploitation of
Children and Adolescents" is available in
UN Global Compact Office