GARA held its annual meeting on 7-9 November 2018 in la Antigüa, Guatemala. The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Ministries from Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Uruguay. ECPAT International and the Inter-American Children´s Institute (IIN-OAS) acted as Observers.
A video message was delivered from Mr. Jaime Alberto Cabal, Deputy-Secretary General (UNWTO) to the participants of the meeting to address the participants “With the future UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics the adoption of which at the UNWTO General Assembly is expected in 2019, the World Tourism Organization will offer a solid and binding tool to governments and the entire sector to incorporate the struggle for the protection of children as one of the priorities at the legislative and regulatory level. From here I would like to appeal to governments and society in general to join our forces in the fight to eradicate any type of child exploitation”.
GARA approved a monitoring plan for its Plan of Action 2018-2020 and resolved, among others, to: