FORUM: Human Rights Sub-Commission 1THE QUESTION OF: Preventing child sexual exploitation in the age of information and communication technologiesSUBMITTED BY: Dominican RepublicTHE HUMAN RIGHTS SUB-COMMISSION 1,Expressing concern that increasingly rapid technological advances have created new possibilities for the criminal misuse of new information and communication technologies,Taking into account the fact that social spaces created using new information and communication technologies are heavily used by children for social interaction,Stressing that new information and communication technologies and applications are being misused to commit child sexual exploitation crimes and that technical developments have permitted the appearance of crimes such as the production, distribution or possession of child sexual abuse images, audio or video, the exposure of children to harmful content, the grooming, harassment and sexual abuse of children and cyberbullying,Expressing concern that new information and communications technologies have made it possible for criminals to contact children easily and in ways that were not previously possible,Calls upon all Member States to establish and implement public policies and practices aimed at protecting and defending the rights of the children, referring to security, privacy and intimacy in spaces created using new information andcommunications technologies including:Encourages Member States to involve ministries responsible for telecommunications, agencies responsible for data protection and representatives of the information and communications technology industry in intersectoral mechanisms for addressing the misuse of new information and communications technologies to abuse and/or exploit children, with a view to offering comprehensive solutions for such misuse and avoidingthe violation of the rights of children;Urges Member States to adopt measures, including, where appropriate, legislation, designed to criminalize all aspects of the misuse of technology to commit child sexual exploitation crimes and to consider, in accordance with national and international law, appropriate measures to detect and remove known child sexual abuse images from the Internet and to facilitate the identification of those responsible for the abuse and/or exploitation of children;Also urges Member States, consistent with their national legal frameworks, to cooperate closely with Internet service providers, mobile telephone companies and other key actors to establish appropriate and efficient mechanisms, possibly including legislation, for the reporting of child sexual abuse images and materials to the relevant authorities, to block websites with child sexual abuse images and to cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of the offenders responsible;Encourages Member States to incorporate in their national legislation, in conformity with their legal systems, measures for saving and ensuring rapid access to electronic data during criminal investigations relating to the use of new information and communications technologies to abuse and/or exploit children;Calls upon the Member States to put in place effective preventive and intervention programmes, including regular training programmes, for all officials, educators, parents’ associations and stakeholders who are in contact with children to better assess the risk of committing cUrges all Member States to implement appropriate measures such as public awareness raising, prevention campaigns, training and dedicated education programmes for the authorities, parents, teachers, children and minors – also in cooperation with parents’ associations playing an active role in the protection of children and minors, as well as with relevant civil society organisations – in order to promote media literacy, online safety and the importance of family values (e.g. mutual responsibility, respect and care), human dignity, self-esteem, non-violence, and, more generally, of children’s right to be protected against all forms of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation crimes;Fortifies the establishment of comprehensive legal frameworks by explicitly criminalising specific exploitative activities, including but not limited to:Further requests the enhancement of international cooperation to investigate and prosecute sexual exploitation and sale of children online by expanding and strengthening existing initiatives such as:the Virtual Global Taskforcethe #WePROTECT Children Online initiative the Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online;