The tenth Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit is happening in Berlin on 28-30 June 2017 with the main theme: “Towards a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development”.  During the Summit, discussions will take place around the need to address and balance the interests of migrants and countries of origin, transit and destination; as well as aiming to develop an understanding at different government levels.

Children rights in the Global Compacts will be discussed in the context of the GFMD Summit, during the Civil Society days and the Common Space, where special focus will be placed on children on the move. Ignacio Packer, Secretary General of Terre des Hommes, in a speaking role, will be presenting the Working Document “Child Rights in the Global Compacts”, product of the Initiative on Child Rights in the Global Compacts.

During the Forum, outcomes of discussions and sessions which took place during the recent Global Conference on Children on the Move, will form a part of the contribution of Terre des Hommes and Destination Unknown Campaign members. You can follow the discussion here:

Also in Berlin, on 12th and 13th June, the Global Conference brought together a large group of people, our goal to gather together actors from different backgrounds and affiliations was achieved. Of the 320 participants there were UN representatives, 10 government representatives, the private sector, 10 philanthropic foundations, academics, migrant and diaspora organisations and other civil society.


One of the strengths of the Conference was the participation of the youth delegation, made up of youths from all over the world who have experienced migration and who are actors of change within organisations they belong to or they themselves have created. Their perspective and participation was an essential part to the success of the conference as it allowed for possible solutions based on experience and fresh ideas on how to ensure better protection for children on the move.

Listen to them.
Understand what they want, what their destination is and the future they want.
Help their development. (Joshua Hofert, Youth  Member of the Presidential Board, Terre des Hommes Germany)

During the conference, besides thematic sessions which explored key areas the Initiative is built on, six interactive sessions with practitioners, experts and researchers gave space for sharing evidence from research, pilots, models of interventions, programmes to build on innovative solutions involving other actors and making new allies, particularly the private sector, for the protection of children on the move.

The Global Conference was an essential part to the Initiative as it acted as a space for consultations relating to the Working Document entitled “Child Rights in the Global Compacts” which lays out goals, targets and indicators through which the key commitments to child rights outlined in the New York Declaration can become a reality in both Global Compacts.

To consult the conference pack:

  1. Agenda of the Conference
  2. Biographies of Speakers
  3. Concept Note of the Conference

After this conference we can confidently assert we are all together on the same page, ready to influence the decision-making around the negotiations for the adoption of the Global Compacts in 2018.

Children, whoever and wherever, should have access to the same services, education, social services, health . This is the way we should build a peaceful and harmonious society. (Ignacio Packer, Secretary General of Terre des Hommes)

To know more about the Initiative on Child Rights in the Global Compacts go to : www.childrenonthemove.org 

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