Delegation of the European Union to the

UN and other international organisations in Geneva

EVENT: HRC 37 - Promoting quality alternative care in humanitarian situations

26/02/2018 - 08:00

Supported by the Permanent Missions of the European Union, France, Italy and Uruguay, a number of international organisations are organising a side-event to complement the annual day on the rights of the child focusing on humanitarian settings.

The side event’s objectives are to use international standards, in particular the UN Guidelines on alternative care of children to build bridges between the humanitarian sector, alternative care workers and others to improve responses in order to:

  • Identify main problems children face, challenges in preventing the need for care and providing appropriate care within existing frameworks;
  • Promote prevention mechanisms and family re-integration to avoid unnecessary separation;
  • Promote “appropriate” protection and care, by planning for family and community based options;
  • Promote inclusion of children in planning and implementation of responses, to the extent possible.

The side event seeks to present promising practices from various regions as follows:

  • Welcome speech and promising practices in Italy, Permanent Mission of Italy to the International Organisations in Geneva, His Excellency, Ambassador Maurizio Enrico Luigi Serra
  • Keeping families together in Europe, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, Vlada Sahovic and Bogdan Krasic
  • Innovative alternative care responses for older children in Southern Africa, UNHCR
  • Building capacities of front-line workers in South Asia, IFRC, Gurvinder Singh, Advisor, Child Protection, Planning, Strategy and Knowledge Department
  • Limiting recourse to intercountry adoptions in humanitarian situations - learning from Haiti and other countries, international child protection consultant, Nigel Cantwell


Palais des Nations, Room VIII
Avenue de la Paix 8-14

1211 Geneva