Today, our campaign has evolved into the world’s biggest influencing network solely focused on ending the sexual exploitation of children, with a membership of 122 civil society organisations in 104 countries.
Our global campaign to end child sexual exploitation was launched when a small group of concerned individuals gathered in Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand in May 1990, and organisations from across the globe started listening to their call and supporting their actions. Since then, ECPAT has worked to better understand the problem of child sexual exploitation through research and push for the critical systemic and social changes necessary to end this problem with governments, intergovernmental institutions, the private sector, civil society and the general public, including children themselves. ECPAT has organized and co-sponsored three Global Congresses (Stockholm 1996, Yokohama 2001 and Rio De Janeiro 2008) which has firmly placed the issue of child sexual exploitation on the agendas of global leaders and decision makers.
ECPAT is supported by an international secretariat to develop new knowledge on the ever evolving issue of child sexual exploitation, provide a platform for exchange and knowledge transfer amongst the membership, facilitate the development of joint strategies, coordinate our collective effort, and maximize our impact.
The ECPAT Secretariat is based in Bangkok and we are grateful and proud to have some of the most experienced experts in the field of child protection, research, programming, communications and network coordination as part of our Secretariat team.
This strategic framework outlines this context and what needs to be done to make progress towards a world where all children are free from sexual exploitation.
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