On Tuesday November 20th, the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts held an event at the Palais des Nations, “Child Rights and the Global Compacts: A Call For Action,” to commemorate 29 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Keynote Speakers were:

  • H.E. Ambassador Socorro Flores Liera of the Permanent Mission of Mexico
  • H.E. Ambassador Eunice Kigenyi of the Permanent Mission of Uganda
  • Video Message from several Syrian and Afghani girls experiencing forced migration

A panel of experts discussed and defined concrete actions and initiatives, with a multi-stakeholder approach, that will contribute to putting children’s rights at the heart of the implementation of the Global Compacts. Panelists included:

  • Philip Jaffe, Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
  • Ellen Hansen, Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection
  • Michele Klein Solomon, Director, Global Compact for Migration, IOM
  • Peggy Hicks, Director of Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures & Treaty Bodies Division
  • Laurent Chapuis, Regional Advisor, Migration, UNICEF
  • Constanza Martinez, UN Representative, World Vision
  • Moderated by – Delphine Moralis, Secretary-General, Terre Des Hommes

The Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration were adopted the very next day.