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Brussels, 5 December 2012
Declaration on the Launch of the Global Alliance against child sexual abuse online
We, the Ministers of Justice and of Interior of countries worldwide participating in the Global Alliance against child sexual abuse online are:
AWARE that child sexual abuse online includes the distribution, trade, possession, and viewing of child pornography via the Internet, and the resulting, continuing harm to the victims depicted,
CONCERNED that child sexual abuse online, a substantial problem worldwide, is a crime that is ubiquitous and knows no borders; that child pornography images circulate easily across jurisdictions, and efforts to reduce such circulation have failed to produce satisfactory results to date; that child pornography offenders are increasingly operating in international online groups that use sophisticated technologies and security protocols to frustrate the efforts of law enforcement to investigate their crimes; and that different laws and policies across jurisdictions also have created law enforcement vulnerabilities that these international offenders are exploiting,
RECOGNISING that these crimes have a truly worldwide dimension, must be addressed as such, and require a genuinely global effort to combat them, prosecute offenders, protect victims and prevent new crimes; that these efforts require specific commitments from national authorities and need to be complementary and to support existing international initiatives,
ACKNOWLEDGING the Guiding Principles of the Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse online attached to the present Declaration,
1. Announce our commitment to pursue the shared policy targets of the Global Alliance:
2. In that spirit, we will aim to reach the following operational goals of the Global Alliance:
3: In order to achieve these shared policy targets and operational goals, we intend:
4. We call upon governments in other countries around the world to join the Global Alliance.
Declaration endorsed by Ministers of Justice and of Interior of the 27 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and 21 countries outside the EU: Albania, Australia, Cambodia, Croatia, Georgia, Ghana, Japan, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, the Philippines, Serbia, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America, and Vietnam.