Today, at the official Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) meeting in Seoul Korea, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) began their tenure as the Chair of the VGT. The VGT is an international alliance of law enforcement, industry, government, and private sector agencies dedicated to combating online child sexual exploitation and transnational child sexual offences. The Korean National Police, as a member of the VGT, is pleased to be hosting the biannual board of management meeting from August 28-31 in Seoul.
The United Arab Emirates, represented by the Ministry of the Interior (MOI), has led the taskforce as Chair of the VGT for the past three years. “The VGT is pleased that the RCMP has accepted the position as Chair for the next three year term and we are confident that the interests of child protection globally will continue to be advanced through the collaborative efforts of the VGT” said General/Dr. Nasser Salem Al Nuaimi. The RCMP will be the new chair of the VGT for 3 years starting in August 2018.
The MOI had the honour of chairing the VGT for the past three years. During their term, VGT membership has increased with additional members from law enforcement, and from the private and public sectors. The VGT recognizes that international online child sexual exploitation response strategies to protect children require the active involvement of all sectors including industry.
“On behalf of all the VGT members, I would like to thank the MOI for their dedication and commitment to advancing child protection as VGT Chair. As the new Chair of the VGT, I look forward to working with all VGT members our continuing efforts to protect children globally from online child sexual exploitation” stated Chief Superintendent Marie-Claude Arsenault. The RCMP is extremely proud of this leadership opportunity and anticipates a busy but productive term ahead as the online environment continually changes and new child protection challenges emerge.