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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 English, French, and Spanish.


Ursula Wynhoven
UN Global Compact Office