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ASEAN Regional Conference on Child Online Protection

February 25 - February 27

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as the Philippines’ focal point for the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (AMMSWD), together with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as co-conveners, are organizing the ASEAN Regional Conference on Child Online Protection on 25-27 February 2020 in Manila, the Philippines.​

Following the adoption of the Declaration on the Protection of Children from Online Abuse and Exploitation in ASEAN at the 35th  ASEAN Summit, the Conference aims to: ​​​inspire ​accelerated action to enhance child online protection in the region; sensitize the high-level participants on the new Declaration on the Protection of Children from Online Abuse and Exploitation in ASEAN and other key ASEAN initiatives on child online protection; provide a platform for multi-sectoral delegations to identify the actions needed to translate the Declaration on the Protection of Children from Online Abuse and Exploitation into action, along with industry and NGO representatives.​​

This three-day conference would provide an opportunity for governments and organizations from the region (including with regional and global experts) to learn about the latest research and initiatives related to child online protection; facilitate exchanges of ideas between global, regional, and national thought leaders on best practices for child online protection across different sectors: technology; justice; education; financial; and social welfare; encourage future-looking legal, policy, educational, and technological responses for children that can adapt to rapidly changing fields of technology such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things;  provide a platform to consider cross-regional and inter-regional collaboration; and provide a channel to share experiences and recommendations from under-18s in the region. Please see the provisional agenda of the conference in the document section of this page for details. 

To register for the above-mentioned training, participants are kindly requested to complete the online registration form available hereby Tuesday 14 January 2020 at the latest. In case of issues with the online registration, delegates are requested to send their completed Registration Form available in the document section of this page.​​

Under the Child Online Protection Project, supported by the Department of Communications and the Arts (DoCA), Government of Australia, fellowships may be available for LDC, LLDC and SIDs from ASEAN Member States and Solomon Islands and Republic of the Marshall Islands who can deliver a country presentation related to the topic subject to available funds. Completed Fellowship Forms and Registration Forms must be submitted to ITU no later than 14 January 2020.​ Fellowship request form is available in the document section of this page.​​


Manila, Philippines