Webinar on Child Rights in the UN Global Compacts

Apr

20

Time: 15:00 CET
Location: Online

The Destination Unknown Campaign and Terre des Hommes are organising a webinar on child rights within the UN Global Compacts at 3pm CET on Thursday 20 April 2017.

After the 2016 UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, the UN General Assembly adopted the ‘New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants’ – setting the agenda around protecting and sharing responsibility for these vulnerable people on a global scale. Over the next 18 months, the international community will be called upon to make the commitments made a reality, by developing the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

For this reason, a number of agencies have come together to lead the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts. This initiative brings together UN agencies, civil society, human rights institutions, donors and the private sector and is co-convened by Save the Children and Terre des Hommes. The initiative is to create a constituency of actors that can support the translation of the commitments in the New York Declaration into action that genuinely protects children.

Despite some cause for optimism, the New York Declaration marked a step backwards in child refugee and migrant protection, as it stated that detention for children can be used as a measure of last resort – allowing governments to continue to detain them.

This is extremely disappointing, and Destination Unknown campaign and Terre des Hommes are advocating with  partners for an end to child detention and the protection of the rights of children on the move. These children must be considered children first and foremost, before their migration status is taken into account.

The upcoming webinar will provide a closer look on the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, and the negative impact it can have on children on the move. The webinar will also provide more information on the Destination Unknown campaign and the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts.

You need to login in to ChildHub before you can join this webinar. If you don’t yet have an account, please register here.

About the speakers:

Vincent Tournecuillert is a manager of European migration programme at Terre des hommes Foundation. Over the years at Terre des Hommes, Mr. Tournecuiller worked as Global Campaign Coordinator for the International Secretariat of the International Federation of Terre Des Hommes and Regional Child Protection Advisor for the Middle East and North Africa working in four areas (Project cycle management, capacity building, research & development and communication & advocacy). In 2006, Mr. Tournecuiller created the Regional Office of Tdh for Central and South-Eastern Europe and worked for the past twelve years in transnational child protection issues within Europe and with neighboring countries. He also worked as a journalist and international free-lance reporter in countries in crisis (Balkans, Central Africa).

Amy Hong is working closely with the Secretary General to ensure the fulfilment of Terre des Hommes’ commitments to the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts. Amy is contributing to the working document “Child Rights in the Global Compacts,” to the organization of the Global Conference on Children on the Move, and to a global advocacy strategy on the importance of a common, harmonized approach to children on the move and other children affected by migration.