Στην έδρα της UNESCO στο Παρίσι μίλησε σήμερα το απόγευμα, ως τιμώμενος ομιλητής, ο Σεβασμιώτατος Μητροπολίτης Γαλλίας κ. Εμμανουήλ, όπου έγιναν τα εγκαίνια 15ημερης Έκθεσης που διοργανώνει ο οργανισμός «Διαθρησκειακή Συμμαχία για Ασφαλέστερες Κοινότητες» (International Alliance for Safer Communities).
Η Έκθεση τελεί υπό την αιγίδα των Ηνωμένων Αραβικών Εμιράτων με θέμα «Η αξιοπρέπεια και προστασία των παιδιών».
Τα Ηνωμένα Αραβικά Εμιράτα, με μια σειρά εκδηλώσεων από το 2018, προσπαθούν να ευαισθητοποιήσουν την κοινή γνώμη στο σημαντικό αυτό θέμα της προστασίας των παιδιών.
Η ομιλία του Σεβασμιωτάτου στην αγγλική γλώσσα:
TRAVELLING EXPOSITON LAUNCH
UNESCO PARIS (26th June 2019)
Metropolitan Emmanuel of France
Ladies and Gentlemen, Good after noon
On behalf of the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities, it is a true pleasure and an honor to welcome you to the opening of the travelling exposition on online child sexual abuse and exploitation.
Our respective communities are an integral part of the changing face of the world we live in. Advancements in science, health services, technologies, education and economies have been a positive product of globalization. But, with these advancements, came aninadvertent price that communities are paying (whether directly or indirectly). This price includes the spread of crimes that impact their safety and security, such as online child sexual abuse, radicalization and violent extremism, etc.
We believe that Faith leaders, their being the first line of defense and counsel in their communities, have to be able to keep up with this advancement, and their ability to be reinforced to stay relevant to the needs of their communities.
The Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities was launched in 2018, with a specific purpose, which is to empower faith leaders to take meaningful and sustainable steps; to move beyond dialogue towards action. The Alliance has adopted two themes so far, Child dignity in the digital world in its inaugural year, and hate crimes this year.
The first forum, titled “Child Dignity in the Digital World”, which was held in Abu Dhabi in 2018 and was attended by 450 participants representing faiths, NGOs, international organizations and civil society. During the forum, the travelling exposition was unveiled. The exposition aims to increase awareness of online child sexual abuse and exploitation in a visual and interactive manner.
As part of its world tour, the exposition has been displayed at the World Economic Forum in Davos at the UN Human Rights Council General Assembly in Geneva. After its stop in Paris, it is scheduled to visit other cities such as New York, Nairobi and Moscow.
On behalf of myself and the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities, I would like to express my gratitude to UNESCO as well as the Permanent Delegation of the United Arab Emirates to UNESCO for their support in organizing this exhibition.
I now invite you explore the exposition and see how our communities are impacted by online child sexual abuse and exploitation.