In 2000, the General Assembly, named 18 December, International Migrants Day. The theme for 2017 is Safe Migration in a World on the Move.
Earlier this year, Ulla Madsen, Past President of Soroptimist International of Europe, made a presentation as a panellist at the side event ‘Safeguarding unaccompanied migrant minors from going missing’. Held at the 26th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), UN, Vienna, the event was organized by SI UN representatives and Zonta International.
In this video, Ulla discusses the drivers of migration, and the many dangers faced by unaccompanied children on route to a destination country; asking the question – who is attending to the best interest of the child?
View previous SI coverage of the event May 2017
On September 19, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of commitments known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (NY Declaration) representing a commitment by Member States to help protect people on the move; paving the way for the adoption of two new global compacts in 2018: the global compact on refugees and the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.
Actions and Social media
IOM Campaign “A Day without Migrants”
Use hash tags #iamamigrant, #missingmigrants, and #formigration to join the global observance of the international day.