7-8 November 2024

Bogotá Colombia

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Information about the Ministerial Conference can be found on the official website: https://endviolenceagainstchildrenconference.org/ In addition, regular online Townhall meetings are being held whereby updates are shared with all who are interested in contributing to and participating in the Ministerial Conference. Contact scheurerc@who.int to be added to the Townhall mailing list.

The intended outcomes of the Ministerial Conference are:

  • revitalization of country commitments to ending violence against children;
  • launch a renewed collective initiative led by Member States to accelerate the prevention of violence against children (“Pathfinders 2.0”);
  • initiation of a child and youth-led advocacy movement to end violence against children;
  • agreement on a political declaration/outcome document; and
  • establishment of a clear role for children, youth and survivors of violence as active champions for change.

The Ministerial Conference is first and foremost a meeting of ministers and their delegations, although every effort is being made to involve civil society representatives, children, youth and survivors of violence. It is expected that approximately 1000 delegates will convene. Attendance at the Ministerial Conference is based on invitation.

Official invitations have been sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of each Member State. The invitation is transferable, ideally to a Minister leading on the prevention of violence against children agenda. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in each Member State is responsible for identifying the most appropriate Ministry to coordinate the government delegation to the Conference. Government delegations can include a maximum of six people. Those wishing to attend as part of an official government delegation can explore securing a position with their relevant Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The registration portal is available on the website: Logistics – First Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Violence Against Children (endviolenceagainstchildrenconference.org) The deadline for registration has been extended to 31 July. Invitation letters may be used to support requests for visas if needed. If there are any issues or concerns related to the invitation process for governments, contact herbertb@who.int and lauraa.castillo@cancilleria.gov.co.

The success of the Ministerial Conference depends, in large part, on the strong representation of Member State representatives. Financial support is therefore available to facilitate the participation of one official delegate from each low-income country. This includes travel and per diem to cover the costs of accommodation and meals. As per the World Bank, the list of low-income countries may be found here: Low income | Data (worldbank.org) For government representatives from these low-income countries, email sabinev@who.int for more information about accessing travel support funding. Due to limitations in funding, the travel fund cannot cover the costs of delegations from other countries.

The co-hosts are committed to the participation of civil society representatives. There will be approximately one space per country available to national civil society organizations. Ideally, this would be taken by a representative of a national coordinating body of organisations working to end violence against children. To register interest in attending as a representative of a national civil society organization, complete the online registration form: Logistics – First Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Violence Against Children (endviolenceagainstchildrenconference.org). Expressions of interest will be vetted by the organizers, and an invitation will be issued if deemed appropriate. Invitation letters may be used to support requests for visas if needed. Note, an expression of interest does not guarantee attendance. Please do not make travel arrangements until attendance has been officially confirmed and an invitation issued.

The Ministerial Conference co-hosts are committed to ensuring that children, young people and survivors of violence in childhood be well represented. In this regard, the co-hosts have been actively engaging with child focused and youth led agencies, among them the Civil Society Forum to End Violence against Children, Joining Forces, Restless Development and the BRAVE movement. Guidance notes which set out their expectations and hopes in terms of child, youth and survivor participation have been developed.

Regular online Townhall meetings are being held. These are open to all who are interested in contributing to and participating in the Ministerial Conference and ensuring its success. During these Townhall meetings, updates on various aspects of the preparations are shared and participants are invited to reflect on and respond to these. Contact scheurerc@who.int to be added to the Townhall mailing list.

The programme is currently being developed by the five co-hosts. It is hoped that a preliminary version will be shared in July on the Conference website: https://endviolenceagainstchildrenconference.org/

Satellite events will be held in the days prior to the Ministerial Conference. These events will be organized by governments, civil society organizations and others wishing to host them. The organizers of these satellite events will be responsible for covering the associated costs. They will also issue invitations, book meeting rooms, procure translation services, etc. Two venue options have been reserved for satellite events – the Hilton Bogota Corferias and the Ágora Bogotá.  Should you wish to host and organize a satellite event, please reach out to these venues directly to book the most appropriate venue for the expected date/time. Once your booking has been confirmed, please submit a one-page description of the event to be posted on the Ministerial Conference website. Please feel free to include information about the event such as its objectives, who should attend and what the intended outcomes are as well as if it’s an open or closed event. Be sure also to include a contact for more information. The list of satellite events and their descriptions will be posted on the website as they come in, so that participants can begin planning their travels.  You can find more information about satellite events here:

Satellite events – First Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Violence Against Children (endviolenceagainstchildrenconference.org)

The Ministerial Conference takes place at the Agora Convention Center in Bogotá. For information, visit: Ágora Bogotá: Centro de Convenciones (agora-bogota.com)

Yes, a list of recommended hotels near the Agora Convention Center in Bogotá may be found here: Logistics – First Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Violence Against Children (endviolenceagainstchildrenconference.org) The Hilton Bogota Corferias is especially recommended in terms of the ease of access to the venue where the Ministerial Conference takes place. All delegates, including ministers and their delegations, are responsible for booking and covering the costs of their hotel accommodation. Booking.com and Airbnb.com may provide additional options to those hotels listed on the Ministerial Conference web site.   

No meals are included as part of the organization of the event, however, several cafeterias and restaurants are located in or near the Agora Convention Center.

The dress code is business casual.

For individuals who are unable to attend in person, but who are interested in following the proceedings remotely, a livestream will be made available. This will be posted on the website closer to date.