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Interfaith Alliance

Child Dignity in the Digital World Forum

November 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Event Summary

The Interfaith Alliance hosted the first global forum on child dignity in the digital world, held in Abu Dhabi in November 2018. The forum aimed 

  • to foster global faith-based dialogue regarding child protection and child dignity in the digital world, and to be a catalyst for faith-based action, and to 
  • mobilize faith communities worldwide to protect the dignity of every child - in every nation and every community, and to
  • empower faith leaders with knowledge, and mobilize them to promote child dignity in all contexts, in their own faith communities

The forum was attended by 450+ attendees including senior faith leaders and senior representatives from governments, law enforcement agencies, international organizations, NGOs, academia and the private sector, from across 50+ countries

Steering Commitee

Rabbi Diana S. Gerson

Associate Executive Vice President, New York Board of Rabbis (NYBR)

Professor Ernesto Caffo

Professor of Child Psychiatry; Founder, Il Telefono Azzurro; Member of the Pontifical Committee for the Protection of Minors at the Holy See

Dana Humaid

Executive Office, Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities

Speakers

Bhai Sahib Bhai Dr.Mohinder Singh Obe KSG

Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (UK)

Rt. Hon. Baroness Joanna Shields OBE

Founder, WePROTECT Global Alliance; CEO of Benevolent AI

Prof. Dr. Ahmed Mohammad Ahmed el-Tayeb

The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and the President of the Muslim Council of Elders.

Event Details

The event conducted of discussions between experts on topics including the risks to the children in the digital world, the impact of OCSE on children and the roles that policy makers and faith leaders need to play to combat OCSE. This was followed by calls to action by senior faith leaders from across the world.

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Abu Dhabi Declaration

The forum concluded with the adoption of the Abu Dhabi Declaration by faith leaders at a ceremony at the What Al Karama

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Media Gallery

Attendees at the Child Dignity Global Forum in Abu Dhabi

His Highness Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed AlNahyan (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the UAE) and His Eminence Cardinal Tagle (Archbishop of Manila) at the Child Dignity Global Forum in Abu Dhabi

His Eminence Cardinal Tagle (Archbishop of Manila) and Bishop Camillo Ballin (Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia)

His Holiness Samdech Tep Vong (Great Supreme Patriarch of the Kingdom of Cambodia) and His Eminence Sayyed Ali El Amine (Member of the Muslim Council of Elders) at the Child Dignity Global Forum in Abu Dhabi

Dr. Agnes Abuom (Moderator of the World Council of Churches), Patriarch His Beatitude Sebastián Camacho (Archbishop of The Old Catholic Church, Latin America), Nipur Bhasin (Comunidad Budista Zen, Mexico) and Bishop Camillo Ballin (Apostolic Vicar of Nort

Reverend Mitsuo Miyake (Chief Senior Minister of the Konko Church of Izuo and Director of Arigatou International) and Dr. Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi (Chief Imam of the All India Imam Organization) at the Child Dignity Global Forum in Abu Dhabi

His Highness Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed AlNahyan (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the UAE) welcoming attendees to the Child Dignity Global Forum in Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah (Chairman of the Emirates Fatwa Council) addressing the Child Dignity Global Forum in Abu Dhabi

His Eminence Cardinal Tagle (Archbishop of Manila) delivering the keynote address at the Child Dignity Global Forum in Abu Dhabi

Baroness Joanna Shields delivering the keynote address at the Child Dignity Global Forum in Abu Dhabi

Ani Choying Drolma (Buddhist Nun and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador) performing at the Child Dignity Global Forum in Abu Dhabi

Sonya Ryan (Founder and CEO, Carly Ryan Foundation) delivering a message from parents

Panel discussion on the risks to children in the digital age

Panel discussion on the impact of online sexual abuse and exploitation on children

Marta Santos Pais (Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children) addressing the Child Dignity Global Forum in Abu Dhabi

Panel discussion on the role of policy makers in combating online child sexual abuse and exploitation

Panel discussion on the role of faith leaders in combating online child sexual abuse and exploitation

Attendees gather to discuss actions that faith leaders can take to combat online child sexual abuse and exploitation in their communities, under the theme 'Respond'

Attendees gather to discuss actions that faith leaders can take to combat online child sexual abuse and exploitation in their communities, under the theme 'Partner''

Attendees gather to discuss actions that faith leaders can take to combat online child sexual abuse and exploitation in their communities, under the theme 'Prevent'

Senior faith leaders issue a call to action against online child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Senior faith leaders issue a call to action against online child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Senior faith leaders issue a call to action against online child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Reverend Keishi Miyamoto (Leader of Myochikai) addresses attendees at Wahat Al Karama in Abu Dhabi

His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel (Metropolitan of France and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate) addresses attendees at Wahat Al Karama in Abu Dhabi on behalf of His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew I

Prof. Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayyeb (The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and the President of the Muslim Council of Elders) addresses attendees at Wahat Al Karama in Abu Dhabi

Rabbi Michael Schudrich (Chief Rabbi of Poland) addresses attendees at Wahat Al Karama in Abu Dhabi

Bhai Sahib Bhai Dr. Mohinder Singh OBE KSG (Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha) addresses attendees at Wahat Al Karama in Abu Dhabi

Her Holiness Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Hindu Spiritual Leader) addresses attendees at Wahat Al Karama in Abu Dhabi

Attendees at the Child Dignity Global Forum in Abu Dhabi adopt the Abu Dhabi Declaration on child protection