WeProtect is a global multi-stakeholder response to combating online child abuse and exploitation. Created by the UK government under the leadership of Baroness Joanna Shields and officially launched in December 2014 by Prime Minister David Cameron. Participants are signatories to a global statement of action. 63 countries, 30 NGOs and 20 leading technology companies committed in a global alliance to stop this horrific crime.
We have made great strides in eliminating illegal sexual abuse imagery and videos, law enforcement have prosecuted thousands of cases but it's still not enough.
The global nature of the Internet means that we need global infrastructure to stop the abuse, to ensure victims receive support and care and to bring criminals to justice. To achieve this, all countries need to build up their national response to this crime. WeProtect helps participant countries to develop an effective "Model National Response" in partnership with law enforcement, NGOs and technology companies.
The second summit, aimed at developing a "Model National Response" was held on November 16/17, hosted by HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan and Deputy Prime Minister Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi. WeProtect Abu Dhabi marks the official launch of the WeProtect UNICEF Fund. The fund is aimed at capacity building for countries to ensure there is an adequate national response to this problem.
The WeProtect fund, managed by UNICEF was announced last December and is now ready for fund-raising. (Investment Prospectus). The UK has already committed £10M. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal includes eradicating this crime by 2025. WeProtect reaffirms this goal with the support of the UNICEF fund and the multi-stakeholders committed to the Global Statement of Action I & II.