ISS at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Agadir

From 21 to 22 June 2018, ISS Switzerland and the ISS/IRC participated in the GFMD Thematic Workshop on Children and Youth on the Move: Implementing Sustainable Solutions that was held in Agadir (Morocco).

The event was organised in partnership with UNICEF and reunited over 300 participants – representing governments, international organisations, NGOs, independent experts as well as young migrant adults who played an important role in the conception and realization of several workshops. The discussions were aimed at influencing the negotiations and outcomes of the Global Compact on Migration, which will be held jointly with the Global Compact on Refugees in Marrakesh at the end of 2018.

Discussions turned around: data collection and protection issues, cross-border child protection, African migration contexts, access to services, health and education as well as crucial partnerships. During a side event, a joint EU-UNICEF project Hijra wa Himaya was launched Promotion of migrant children's rights in Morocco, following Morocco's decision to legalise unaccompanied children's stay in Morocco.

ISS had the opportunity to promote its 8 steps approach to reach individualized sustainable durable solutions (ISS Manual on Children on the Move), and called for reinforced cross-border case management mechanisms based on child's rights standards. In this perspective, the experience of ISS WAN was highlighted as promising practice on several accounts, not solely for its regional recognition as ECOWAS guidelines.

Agadir Juin2018