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ABOUT THE INITIATIVE FOR CHILD RIGHTS IN THE GLOBAL COMPACTS
All children on the move are children with rights that must be protected and fulfilled.
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.
What we do
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.
We see the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees as important frameworks to help make a positive difference in children’s lives so long as children are at the heart of their implementation. We advocate for and support child-sensitive and child-focused implementation of the compacts.
The Initiative supports the child-sensitive approach in the guiding principles of the compacts and commitments relating to child protection, access to services for children and their families, sustainable solutions and cross-border cooperation which can have a direct or indirect impact on children.
Who we are
The Initiative is a multi-stakeholder partnership which brings together over 30 Civil Society Organisations, UN Agencies, Special Procedures, Philanthropy Foundations, Trade Unions, and individual experts with the common aim to ensure that children’s rights are at the very heart of the two global compacts on migration and refugees. It is co-chaired by Save the Children and Terre des Hommes.
The Initiative was launched in a global conference about children on the move in 2017, by like-minded organisations committed to ensuring child rights in the global compacts. We were actively involved in the process leading to the drafting and finalisation of the texts of the two compacts, by contributing our wide-ranging expertise and by providing concrete recommendations on the protection of and support for migrant and refugee children. The Initiative continues to use our multi-stakeholder approach to support the implementation, follow-up and review of the compacts.
MEMBERS OF THE INITIATIVE:
- 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 Rescue Committee (IRC)
- International Social Service (ISS)
- Mercy Corps
- The MHPSS Collaborative for Children and Families in Adversity
- 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
- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children
- Terre des Hommes
- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
- World Vision
Download a two-page handout about the Initiative in English.
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Watch this space for an upcoming virtual roundtable on child rights in the Global Compact on Refugees in December