Protect Children Campaign Partner: IATA

Mission Statement
IATA (International Air Transport Association) is the trade association of the world's international airline industry. Originally founded in 1919, it now groups together nearly 270 airlines, including the world's largest. These airlines fly over 95 percent of all international scheduled air traffic.

IATA has the mission to "represent and serve the airline industry". Continual efforts through IATA ensure that people, freight and mail can move around the vast global airline network as easily as if they were on a single airline in a single country - and that Members' aircraft can operate safely, securely, efficiently and economically - under clearly defined and understood rules.

Policy document

Geneva, 4 November 1996 WHEREAS the World Congress on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, meeting in Stockholm in August 1996, drew urgent attention to the growing number of children so exploited;

  • WHEREAS the Congress also urged a global partnership which would mobilize the business sector, including the tourism industry, against the use of its networks and establishments for illegal purposes;
  • The 52nd Annual General Meeting
  • SUPPORTS measures by governments to combat such exploitation of children;
  • ENDORSES the practical measures being taken by the industry to educate staff, inform passengers, cooperate with government agencies, and establish guidelines covering advertising and doing business with tour operators and hotels;
  • APPLAUDS the actions taken by airlines and other international travel partners and organizations to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

IATA's focal point
Mr. Richard Smithies
Director, Policy Analysis
Governement and Industry Affairs
Route de l'Aéroport 33
P.O. Box 416
CH-1215 Geneva 15 Airport
Tel: +44-22-799 2870
Fax: +44-22-799 2684


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