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During the conference, representatives from International institutions, local and national authorities and academics will discuss several important aspects of the situation of children in migration in Europe and before arriving in Europe.

In addition to that, grassroots will run workshops in smaller groups, addressing the challenges from the field and presenting promising practices developed.

20/02/2019 Registration
14.00 – 15.00
Aagje Ieven, Missing Children Europe
Ruth Farrugia, The President Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society
15.00 – 15.15
Opening remarks and keynote speeches
HE Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta
Maud de Boer Buquicchio, UN Special rapporteur on Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children and President of Missing Children Europe
15.15 – 15.35
High level Panel
Speakers (to be confirmed) will discuss the global strategies and (European) political commitments for all children in migration, taking stock of the European developments three years after the adoption of the Commission Communication on Protecting Children in migration, as well as the upcoming European Elections.
15.35 – 17.00
Play “Pizza Shop Heroes”, performed by the Phosphoros Theatre
The Phosphoros Theatre is a refugee theatre group based in London. They will be performing their new show called ‘Pizza Shop Heroes’. It’s a story of male and cultural identity, of migration stories shaped by Europe’s colonial past, of family and fatherhood.
17.00 – 18.30
Evening reception 18.30 – 19.30
21/02/2019 Registration
08.15 – 09.00
09.00 – 09.10
Voice of children and young adults - with focus on Africa and Mediterranean crossing 09.10 – 10.30
Coffee break
10.30 – 11.00
Panel debate
NGOs from the African continent and international NGOs will discuss what happens to children on the move on their way to Europe and the threats they face along the way. The speakers will look into the impact of those experiences on their wellbeing, vulnerability, and on their decisions when in Europe
11.00 – 12.30
12.30 – 13.30
13.45 – 15.15
Coffee break 15.15 – 15.45
Workshops 15.45 – 17.15
22/02/2019 Opening keynote and debate
Discussion between UN Special Rapporteurs Marta Santos Pais and Virginia Gamba, welcomed by Maud de Boer-Buquicchio
09.00 – 10.00
Panel discussion on the outcomes of the workshops 10.00 – 11.30
Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.00
Plenary discussion on the conference’s conclusions and recommendations
12.00 – 13.15
Closing remarks
Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, UN Special rapporteur on Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children and President of Missing Children Europe
13.15 – 13.30

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