Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts

About the Initiative on Child Rights in the Global Compacts

Today, nearly 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced.

Every day and in every region, these children face a variety of rights violations, from exploitation and violence to being separated from their families, detained because of their migration status and deprived of essential protections and services. These abuses constitute a grave human rights crisis.


Within this context, the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts is working to ensure that the rights of children who are on the move or impacted by migration are respected and fulfilled. The Initiative is driven by a civil society-led steering committee, which is co-convened by Save the Children and Terre des Hommes and includes non-governmental and philanthropic organisations, multilateral institutions and experts.

The Initiative builds on six key areas of child rights outlined in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which was adopted at the high-level Summit for Refugees and Migrants in September 2016. These areas are: 

  1. non-discrimination and integration;
  2. best interests of the child;
  3. children’s access to services;
  4. ending child immigration detention;
  5. durable solutions;
  6. child protection.


Since the adoption of the New York Declaration in late 2016, the Initiative has organised a Global Conference on Children on the Move (12-13 June 2017, Berlin) and its members are now actively engaged in the intergovernmental negotiations and formal consultations around the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees.

Members of the Initiative’s steering committee are:

  • Caritas Internationalis
  • Child Fund Alliance
  • Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW)
  • Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
  • Cross-Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants
  • Defence for Children International (DCI)
  • Destination Unknown Campaign
  • Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
  • International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)
  • International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)
  • International Detention Coalition (IDC)
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • International Social Service (ISS)
  • Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children
  • Mercy Corps
  • Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA)
  • Mixed Migration Platform (MMP)
  • NGO Committee on Migration
  • Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Plan International
  • Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
  • Public Services International (PSI)
  • Save the Children
  • SOS Children’s Villages
  • Terre des Hommes
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • World Vision

**A one-page handout about the Initiative is available in EnglishFrench and Spanish.**

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