Who we are

WePROTECT Global Alliance has developed to become the only international public-private partnership dedicated to fighting child sexual exploitation and abuse online.

Board members

Board members include representatives from countries, international and civil society organisations, and the technology industry

Executive team

The dedicated team of professionals supporting the Alliance

Our Alliance

A unique global public-private partnership: governments, companies and civil society working together

View our timeline below or click above to find out more about our members and our people.

WPGA Board meeting dec 20

April 2020
Thanks to the support of a range of private philanthropic foundations, the Alliance relaunched and now advances its priorities alongside its impressive membership. As an independent organisation, the Alliance focuses its efforts on the following strategic priorities:

Ensuring senior decision-makers take action, including through empowering children and survivors; Acting as the definitive source of knowledge on the threat and response to this crime, including through research on the effectiveness of our Model National Response; Forging new networks and driving collaboration to deliver a global response, including through a significantly improved online presence.

WePROTECT Global Alliance launches as an independent organisation

April 2020
Thanks to the support of a range of private philanthropic foundations, the Alliance relaunched and now advances its priorities alongside its impressive membership. As an independent organisation, the Alliance focuses its efforts on the following strategic priorities:

Ensuring senior decision-makers take action, including through empowering children and survivors; Acting as the definitive source of knowledge on the threat and response to this crime, including through research on the effectiveness of our Model National Response; Forging new networks and driving collaboration to deliver a global response, including through a significantly improved online presence.

WPGA Summit 2019

December 2019
On 11-12 December 2019, the WePROTECT Global Alliance co-hosted a summit to tackle online child sexual exploitation, in partnership with the African Union and UK Government.

The summit was held at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and was attended by global leaders from across governments, industry and civil society.

Two landmark WPGA products were launched at the Summit:
The 2019 Global Threat Assessment, which included a strong focus on new data from the Global South, and the first ever Global Strategic Response framework.”

Global Summit to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation, Ethiopia

December 2019
On 11-12 December 2019, the WePROTECT Global Alliance co-hosted a summit to tackle online child sexual exploitation, in partnership with the African Union and UK Government.

The summit was held at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and was attended by global leaders from across governments, industry and civil society.

Two landmark WPGA products were launched at the Summit:
The 2019 Global Threat Assessment, which included a strong focus on new data from the Global South, and the first ever Global Strategic Response framework.”

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February 2018
In February 2018, more than 400 people from over 60 countries met in Stockholm, Sweden for the first-ever End Violence Solutions Summit.

The Summit, which aimed to share solutions for preventing and responding to violence against children, brought together governments, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, and members of academic institutions and civil society — along with children and young people themselves.

At the Summit, we launched the first ever Global Threat Assessment which set the baseline on the threat of online child sexual abuse across the world.

Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children’s Solutions Summit, Sweden

February 2018
In February 2018, more than 400 people from over 60 countries met in Stockholm, Sweden for the first-ever End Violence Solutions Summit.

The Summit, which aimed to share solutions for preventing and responding to violence against children, brought together governments, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, and members of academic institutions and civil society — along with children and young people themselves.

At the Summit, we launched the first ever Global Threat Assessment which set the baseline on the threat of online child sexual abuse across the world.

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May 2016
In May 2016 WePROTECT and the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online merged to create WePROTECT Global Alliance. 

This created, for the first time, a single initiative with the influence, expertise and resources to transform how online child sexual abuse was dealt with worldwide.

Merger of WePROTECT with the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online

May 2016
In May 2016 WePROTECT and the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online merged to create WePROTECT Global Alliance. 

This created, for the first time, a single initiative with the influence, expertise and resources to transform how online child sexual abuse was dealt with worldwide.

Summit 2015

2015
The summit’s purpose was to reflect the world’s confidence in its efforts in the field of child protection, and enhance the international community’s cooperation in the development of necessary plans and programs for this issue, expressing hope that the summit would achieve aspirations to unify global efforts for childhood care and protection.

More than 50 countries participated in the summit, in hopes to unify their efforts to discuss the development of mechanisms for joint action to ensure the identification and protection of victims, and prevent the misuse of the Internet as a means of exploitation of children.

Attendees signed Statements of Action affirming their commitments in the fight against online child sexual abuse

WePROTECT Summit, Abu Dhabi

2015
The summit’s purpose was to reflect the world’s confidence in its efforts in the field of child protection, and enhance the international community’s cooperation in the development of necessary plans and programs for this issue, expressing hope that the summit would achieve aspirations to unify global efforts for childhood care and protection.

More than 50 countries participated in the summit, in hopes to unify their efforts to discuss the development of mechanisms for joint action to ensure the identification and protection of victims, and prevent the misuse of the Internet as a means of exploitation of children.

Attendees signed Statements of Action affirming their commitments in the fight against online child sexual abuse

WP summit 2014

2014
WePROTECT was established in 2014 by the UK Government by the then UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Baroness Joanna Shields as a global multi-stakeholder response to combating online child sexual abuse.

The UK Prime Minister hosted the #WePROTECT Global Summit in December, 2014. The summit gathered countries, leading technology companies and civil society organizations in London to galvanize action to tackle online child sexual exploitation.

Alongside a raft of measures and technical innovations to tackle those who use the Internet to view and share indecent images, the Prime Minister announced that the UK will work with UNICEF to develop a new global Child Protection Fund and that the UK would be making a £50 million contribution to the fund, over five years.

WePROTECT Summit, London

2014
WePROTECT was established in 2014 by the UK Government by the then UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Baroness Joanna Shields as a global multi-stakeholder response to combating online child sexual abuse.

The UK Prime Minister hosted the #WePROTECT Global Summit in December, 2014. The summit gathered countries, leading technology companies and civil society organizations in London to galvanize action to tackle online child sexual exploitation.

Alongside a raft of measures and technical innovations to tackle those who use the Internet to view and share indecent images, the Prime Minister announced that the UK will work with UNICEF to develop a new global Child Protection Fund and that the UK would be making a £50 million contribution to the fund, over five years.

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December 2012
The Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online was launched on 5 December 2012  by the European Commission and US Department of Justice.  It aimed to raise standards worldwide and unite efforts around the world to more effectively combat online sexual crimes against children.

It gathered 54 countries, who committed to pursue concrete actions to enhance victim protection, identify and prosecute offenders, raise awareness, and reduce the availability of child pornography online and the re-victimisation of children.

Launch of the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online

December 2012
The Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online was launched on 5 December 2012  by the European Commission and US Department of Justice.  It aimed to raise standards worldwide and unite efforts around the world to more effectively combat online sexual crimes against children.

It gathered 54 countries, who committed to pursue concrete actions to enhance victim protection, identify and prosecute offenders, raise awareness, and reduce the availability of child pornography online and the re-victimisation of children.