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Interfaith Alliance

Promoting Digital Child Dignity

November 2019, Vatican

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Event Summary

On the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, The Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities collaborated with the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the Child Dignity Alliance to host an international high-level meeting on initiatives for the effective protection of child dignity in the digital world.

The meeting was attended by more than 150 delegates representing faiths, academia, government, technology, finance and civil society, to discuss and commit to the concrete action needed to protect children in the digital world. Click here for the official press release.

The meeting opened with an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis, who called for stronger action to protect the digital dignity of children. The audience was also addressed by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden and His Highness Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed AlNahyan, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the United Arab Emirates.

The event concluded with the adoption of a 6-point action plan to protect the digital dignity of children.

Speakers

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

Professor Hany Farid

Data Scientist, University of California, Berkeley USA

Ernie Allen

Chairman of WePROTECT Global Alliance

Event Details

Over the course of two days, participants discussed the actions that can be taken by various stakeholders to protect the digital dignity of children.

Event Agenda

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Action Plan

The Promoting Child Digital Dignity Event ended with the presentation of a 6-point action plan which was endorsed by participants at the event.

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Media Gallery

Attendees at the Vatican conference on child dignity

Attendees at the Vatican conference on child dignity

Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden addresses the Vatican conference on child dignity

Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, His Highness Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed AlNahyan (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the UAE) and Prof. Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayyeb (The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and the President of the Muslim Council of Elders) attend

His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel (Metropolitan of France and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate) delivers a message on behalf of His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew I (Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople of the Eastern Orthodox Church)

Bani Dugal (Principal Representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations) and His Eminence Sayyed Ali El Amine (Member of the Muslim Council of Elders) attending the Vatican conference on child dignity

Rabbi Joe Potasnik (Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis) and Prof. Ernesto Caffo (Child Psychiatrist; Founder, Il Telefono Azzurro; Member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors) at the Vatican conferrence on child

His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel (Metropolitan of France and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate) and Jim Gianopulos (CEO, Paramount Studies) at the Vatican conference on child dignity

Mariya Gabriel (European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society) addresses the Vatican conference on child dignity

Ernie Allen (Chair of WePROTECT and former CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) addresses the Vatican conference on child dignity

Her Excellency Prof Paola Pisano (Minister for Technological Innovation and Digitalization of Italy) addresses the Vatican conference on child dignity

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Founder, Art of Living Foundation) and Msgr. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo (Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences) at the Vatican conference on child dignity

Dr Najat Maalla M'jid (United Nations Special Representative on Violence Against Children) addresses the Vatican conference on child dignity

Pastor Stephen Gualberto at the Vatican conference on child dignity

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Founder, Art of Living Foundation) addresses the Vatican conference on child dignity