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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR EDITORS-IN-CHIEF: Reminder – Conference on “The Role of International Cooperation in Combating Sexual Violence against Children” (Foreign Ministry, Rome, 30 November 2012)

On Friday 30 November 2012, at 09.00, Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi will address the international Conference being held at the Farnesina on The Role of International Cooperation in Combating Sexual Violence against Children. The conference is being promoted by Italian Development Cooperation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, the Equal Opportunities Department, the Council of Europe and the Istituto degli Innocenti in Florence. Minister Terzi’s address will be followed by a speech by the Minister for Employment and Social Policies, Elsa Fornero.

The Conference brings together representatives of the Council of Europe (member and observer states), Italian and foreign experts, and representatives of the United Nations, the European Union, non-governmental organisations and independent institutions. It will provide an important opportunity to reiterate the importance of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention) and the role of international cooperation in combating these grave situations (art. 38 of the Convention).

The event will be a valuable opportunity for debate on the “lessons learned” in the sector and for comparing the results of the initiatives and projects implemented thus far. The aim here is to identify new approaches and strategies to combat these violations, at both the national and international levels.

Journalists, photographers and TV crews interested in following the event are asked to apply for specific accreditation using the online accreditation system. Please complete the interactive form available at to which all required documentation not already submitted must be attached in digital format (a letter from their media organisation and, for foreign journalists in Italy, a note verbale issued by the Embassy in Rome of their media organisation).

If it is not possible to complete the online accreditation procedure, applications should be sent by fax to the Foreign Ministry’s Press and Institutional Communication Service (fax 06/3691.2122–tel. 06/3691.3432)

Accredited journalists/photographers should enter the Foreign Ministry by the main entrance (Guest Reception side), which will be open from 8.00 onwards.