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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Global conference in Abu Dhabi to help combat online child abuse  

Representatives from the UN and Unicef will speak at the first ever Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities

An international conference in Abu Dhabi will raise concerns about children being targeted by cyber criminals. Getty
An international conference in Abu Dhabi will raise concerns about children being targeted by cyber criminals. Getty

A major international conference is being launched in Abu Dhabi to help combat the threat of online child abuse and exploitation.

The first ever Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities, held under the authority of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, will take over Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre this Monday and Tuesday, with hundreds of campaigners, spanning religions and nationalities, coming together 'in solidarity" to tackle the worldwide issue.

The event will feature more than 450 religious leaders and child protection champions - including representatives from the United Nations and Unicef - to discuss how to safeguard children from cyber crime.

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Brigadier general Mohammed Humaid bin Dalmuj Al Dhaheri, secretary-general of the office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, said the event will champion the rights of children across the globe.

“Together we stand in solidarity, along with leaders of faith, distinguished academic experts, and industry leaders, to protect every child’s right to dignity and safety online,”said brigadier general Mohammed Al Dhaheri.

He said that the event will provide faith leaders with the knowledge and tools they require to provide advice, comfort and support for children and their families.

The forum is being organised by the UAE Government in partnership with a number of organisations, including the Child Dignity Alliance, Religions for Peace, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the Global Network of Religions for Children and Unicef.