Ladies and gentlemen,
• Good morning. It is a great pleasure and an honour to be with you here today to open this third Council Working Group meeting on Child Online Protection.
• On behalf of the Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary General, the director of TSB, the Director of BR and on my own behalf, I would like also to take the opportunity welcome Dr Sherif Hashem, Chairman of this Group, and all the participants, including those from around the world who, with great dedication, are attending this meeting virtually.
Ladies and gentlemen,
• A lot of important developments around COP took place since the previous meeting of this group in September last year.
• First, as many of you know, the Plenipotentiary Conference of ITU took place in October 2010 and issued a new resolution 179 related to “ITU’s role in Child Online Protection”.
• This resolution instructs ITU and its relevant sectors to continue their work on COP issues and, in particular, the BDT Director to “collaborate closely with this group, with the aim of avoiding duplication of efforts and maximizing outputs relevant to protecting children online”.
• I am therefore happy to share with you what initiatives and actions have been taken by ITU since this resolution.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
• You will be briefed in this meeting about the new phase of our COP activities, namely the COP Global Initiative launched in November last year by our Secretary General Dr. Hamadoun Touré with the patron of ITU’s COP Initiative, Her Excellency, President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica.
• With this new phase, the COP initiative is working to transform the ITU COP guidelines – published in October 2009 - into concrete activities which will deliver significant national benefits, such as the development of national strategy on COP, establishment of national hotlines, and development of interoperable standards to protect children online.
• Each of ITU Bureaus is also part of this initiative and working on those high level deliverables, for example:
At the end of last year, ITU Development bureau published the ‘Child Online Protection Statistical Framework and Indicators’, which is the world’s first attempt to provide the overall statistical framework related to the measurement of COP, with a particular emphasis on measures that are suitable for international comparison.
• BDT, which continues to support our Member States on this important issues, is working on “the National Strategy Guidance” in order to support a country to build its national stategy on child online protection. We expect to have this guide published before the end of this summer.
• ITU Standardization bureau is looking at the possibility of developing interoperable standards that would help to protect children from online threats. In particular, ITU-T Study Group 17, Security expert group started to exam security-related guidelines/standards on child online protection. They are focusing on identity management and building an international trust framework for digital identities – a fundamental building block to all cybersecurity, online commerce, and child online protection standards.
• Furthermore, to share information and our expertise about current trends in the field of child online protection in CIS and Europe, ITU held a regional seminar in Odessa, Ukraine last month. The seminar was devoted to important areas of child online protection, including strategic and legal aspects, technical and organizational aspects, capacity building and international aspects. Participants reaffirmed that child online protection is a global issue and as such it is necessary to deal with the issue using proactive approaches, not only in a national but also in an international framework, such as ITU.
Ladies and gentlemen,
• Child Online Protection is high on ITU's agenda and we are committed to work with all other interested stakeholders to ensure that children enjoy their childhood safely and peacefully in the cyberspace. To be effective, we need to have a global approach and we need to work together, building synergies, avoid duplication of work, and leveraging our respective expertise.
• I would like to conclude by reaffirming my personal commitment to work with all stakeholders and fully support your working group.
• I wish all success to this meeting.