First regional inter-faith conference to focus on situation of refugee and migrant children in Europe & Central Asia
WHAT: UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECARO) will host an online inter-religious conference, “From Faith to Action: Protecting the rights of children affected by migration,” 10-11 December, 2020.
The conference, the first of its kind in the Region, and will focus on key topics including:
- Providing assistance for children on the move along safe and unsafe migration routes.
- Facilitating integration and social inclusion through enhancing access to social services (particularly education).
- Offering spiritual and psychosocial support that can enhance children and their families’ resilience.
- Fostering social cohesion and combating xenophobia and discrimination.
- Advocating for and influencing policy-makers towards more inclusive approaches in response to the displacement of children and their families.
WHO: The event is being co-organized with the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLI) and The European Council of Religious Leaders (ECRL), in collaboration with Islamic Relief Worldwide, A World of Neighbors, the Lutheran World Federation and World Vision International.
WHY: By the end of this year, more than 89,000 refugee and migrant children will be in need of humanitarian assistance and social support across Greece, Italy and the Western Balkans. More than one quarter of the children arrived in Europe unaccompanied by parents or adult caregivers. The COVID-19 pandemic has further deepened their vulnerability.
Religious communities are an important partner for UNICEF’s work to advance children’s rights and enhance their well-being with a focus on reaching the poorest and hardest-to-reach children and families.
The two-day conference provides an opportunity for senior representatives of religious, inter-religious and faith-based organizations, networks and alliances, NGOs and UN agencies to meet, strengthen existing partnerships in the region, and agree on the future steps and a way forward to improve and protect the lives of children on the move.
Participation in the online conference is being organized by invitation only.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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