Millions of children are on the move, both within and between countries, with or without their parents. Children have become an important part of large-scale population movements currently involving millions of people and are likely to be increasingly affected in the next decades as a result of globalisation, socio-economic shifts and climate change. Yet, in debates on both child protection and migration, children who move are largely invisible. As a result, policy responses to support these vulnerable children are fragmented and inconsistent.
The Global Movement for Children, with support from the Catalan Government, are convening an international conference as a first step in the process of re-examining policy and programmatic responses to the protection and support of children on the move.
Dates and location
Barcelona, June 21- 23rd 2010.
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Main objectives of the Conference
As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, there is a need to reconsider current approaches and responses to these challenges in a context of a difficult and rapidly changing economic dynamic. The Convention was drafted before mass population movements were accelerated by the impact of globalisation and at a time when far fewer children were on the move. How does the Convention help us develop an appropriate response to this 21st century phenomenon? How can we develop a specific and comprehensive approach to the issue of children on the move?
- Promote an inclusive/comprehensive understanding of Children on the Move
- Present latest critical analyses of the situation of children on the move, and government, civil society and children responses to it;
- Influence global debates and ensure that the protection of children on the move becomes a key priority in international, regional and national policies;
- Share knowledge and learning experiences from initiatives to support and protect children on the move;
- Stimulate South-South and North-South joint initiatives to improve the protection of children on the move.
The Conference will be limited to 80 participants. These will be coming from:
- Local and National Governments from both North and South
- International organisations and Regional bodies
- Private Sector
- Civil Society Organisations
- Key independent experts and researchers
- Children engaged
Defining Children on the move
Those children moving for a variety of reasons, voluntarily or involuntarily, within or between countries, with or without their parents or other primary caregivers, and whose movement might place them at risk (or at an increased risk), particularly of economic or sexual exploitation, abuse, neglect and violence.
Leaving Home Report
Before the conference, the GMC, with the support of Save the Children UK, will launch a report on children on the move to provide a better understanding of children's movements, the reasons behind them, the challenges they pose, current reactions, identify misconceptions and myths around it, etc. It will put an emphasis on raising the voices of children to help people and policy-makers understand children engaged in movements. It will introduce some positive and inspiring experiences e.g. child-led movements, policies, programmes in countries and propose policy changes and higher level of attention and visibility on the issues.
- Bill Bell, Save the Children UK, Chair
- Ann Whitehead,
- , Globalisation and Poverty Development Research Centre, Sussex University
- Araceli Lázaro, Child Rights Observatory, Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia)
- Daniela Reale, Save the Children UK
- Lena Karlsson, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre
- Miquel de Paladella, Global Movement for Children
- Mirela Shuteriqi, Terres des Hommes
- Najat M'jid, UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
- Rosa María Cuestas, Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia)
- Sven Coppers, Plan Internacional.
More information on the programme, contents, speakers, etc. will be made available on this web in the course of the coming weeks.