Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts

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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 aims to ensure that the rights of children who are on the move or impacted by migration are respected and fulfilled. This initiative is being driven by a civil society-led steering committee, which is co-convened by Save the Children and Terre des Hommes and which comprises experts, multilateral institutions, and non-governmental and philanthropic organisations.

The initiative builds on six key areas of child rights outlined in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrantsadopted at the high-level Summit for Refugees and Migrants in September 2016, namely:

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

The Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts is led by a steering committee co-convened by Terre des Hommes and Save the Children. The members of the 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 on Child Rights in the Global Compacts is available in EnglishFrench and Spanish.**