Global Summit 2022 Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some answers to frequently asked questions; these will be updated and added to in the lead-up to the event.

The Summit will bring together high-level representatives of all members of the Alliance including governments, private sector, civil society organisations, regional mechanisms/entities, and agencies of the United Nations.      Participation from governments will be at the level of Ministers responsible for home affairs/interior, justice, law enforcement, technology, women and children, education and/or media. Participation from the private sector and civil society will be at CEO/Executive Director level where possible.   

Given the limited availability of in-person spaces and the need to allow for Ministerial delegations, it will not be possible for all members of the Alliance to attend the summit in person.  Instead, as determined by the Summit Steering Group, in-person participation will be limited to one representative for each Alliance member from the private sector and civil society.  Who can attend the virtual Global Summit?
Virtual participation will be restricted to WeProtect Global Alliance members, with each member permitted up to three virtual spaces in addition to their in-person representative. 

Participation from governments will be at the level of Ministers responsible for home affairs/interior, justice, law enforcement, technology, women and children, education and/or media. Participation from the private sector and civil society will be at CEO/Executive Director level where possible.   

We are constantly reviewing our approach to the event in relation to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions. We will be working closely with the local authorities and co-hosts to ensure that the event is compliant with the regulations at the time and the risk of Covid-19 transmission is greatly reduced. We will be contacting attendees closer to the event with information about testing, mask-wearing and other measures.

Should the situation develop to the point where an in-person Summit is not possible, we will contact participants as soon as we are able to.

Due to the ongoing and evolving situation in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions, we advise that you wait until at least April to book your travel and accommodation or to ensure that your bookings are fully flexible and refundable. You should also not arrange any travel before your in-person application has been approved as places are limited. 

If you are an Alliance member wishing to present, speak or exhibit at the Global Summit, you can email the details of your proposal to info@weprotectga.org. However, please be aware there is limited room for additional sessions in the agenda, and decisions about key-note addresses and panels will be made by the organisers and Summit Steering Group. 

The Summit Steering Group has been established to assist with preparations. The objectives of the group are to:  

  • Provide expertise and guidance in decision making processes 
  • Provide oversight to the development of the Global Summit  
  • Provide input into Summit objectives, programming and themes 
  • Provide support in securing participants and in promoting the Summit 
  • Provide a forum for wider collaboration, including identifying opportunities for engagement with other Alliance constituencies.

The objectives of the 2022 Global Summit are to:

  • Build an understanding of the threat from child sexual abuse and secure commitments to take action, taking forward the recommendations of the 2021 Global Threat Assessment. 
  • Obtain new commitments from all members to intensify their actions towards bringing an end to child sexual abuse. This will be underpinned by the findings of a survey of members carried out throughout 2021. 
  • Showcase prevention solutions, including, but not limited to, promoting online safety, safety by design, and deterrence of potential offenders including through implementation of effective prevention programmes. 
  • Highlight regulation in different regions and share how it contributes to supporting the fight against child sexual abuse and exploitation, including the upcoming EU legislation to prevent and combat child sexual abuse 
  • Exchange knowledge and good practice between members and provide opportunities for collaboration on responding to child sexual abuse. This will be informed by the Model National Response Review, which will highlight examples of implementation, good practice case studies and common gaps and challenges. 
  • Deepen engagement with and among the Alliance’s broad and diverse membership and welcome new members into the fold.  
  • Provide an opportunity for survivors of child sexual exploitation and abuse to issue a call to action and provide input to and shape the policy response.  

The group is chaired by the European Commission and comprises of representatives from the following governments and organisations: 

  • Government of France 
  • Government of Brazil  
  • INTERPOL  
  • UNICEF  
  • African Union Commission  
  • US Department of Justice  
  • Young Indians  
  • INHOPE 
  • Technology Coalition  
  • Together for Girls 
  • Point de Contact 
  • Benevolent AI