Leaving No Child Unprotected: WHS Event
Governments, donors, humanitarian and development practitioners will meet on 23 May in Isbanbul to agree on a multi-stakeholder approach to ending violence against children. The side event “Leaving No Child Unprotected: Child Protection across the Humanitarian and Development Divide” brings together influential speakers from diverse areas of child protection and child rights work. Local child protection workers, governments, NGOs and UN agencies will showcase solutions, grounded in evidence and research. The event will map a compelling agenda to meet Core Responsibilities 3 and 4, as outlined in the Secretary-General’s report, An Agenda for Humanity, by reinforcing national/local systems and transcending the humanitarian/development divide. Monday 23rd May 2016, 11:00am–12:30pm | Room Rumeli Hall 8 Lutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Center, Istanbul, Turkey
The Governments of Canada, Estonia, the Netherlands and Switzerland, in collaboration with the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, ChildFund Alliance, Global March Against Child Labour, Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages International, Terre des Hommes, UNICEF, War Child UK and World Vision International.
In 2014, nearly a billion children lived in countries affected by conflict and currently make up more than half of all refugees and nearly half of the world’s displaced population. However, children are often unseen, unheard and unaccounted for; their specific needs left unaddressed. Humanitarian crises can affect a significant proportion of a child’s formative years, impacting their safety, survival, growth and development. When lives are uprooted, the systems working to keep children safe – in their homes, schools and communities – may be undermined or damaged, increasing a child’s vulnerability to all forms of violence and exploitation. Child protection and education interventions continue to be underfunded, even though they are frequently identified by children, parents and caregivers as top priorities in humanitarian crises. This side-event will bring together child rights advocates, child protection actors and supporters who will present solutions, based on evidence and research, and promote innovative partnerships to ensure adequate funding and galvanize support for lifesaving child protection interventions, including interventions to address the worst forms of child labour in humanitarian response mechanisms.