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The conference will be facilitated by Ms Helen Burrows, human rights lawyer and international justice reform practitioner.

Kindly note that translation services will be available in the main conference room only. For information on translation services during workshops please check the workshop list above.

20/02/2019 Registration
14.00 – 15.00
Conference opening
Ruth Farrugia, The President Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society
Aagje Ieven, Missing Children Europe
15.00 – 15.15
Keynote speech
HE Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta
15.15 – 15.30
The future of children in migration in Europe
Caterina Chinnici, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats at the European Parliament
Mina Tolu, the European Green Party
Federico Soda, Director of the IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean
Jamil Addou, EASO Executive Director a.i.

The discussion will be moderated by HE Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and Aagje Ieven

Speakers 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.
15.30 – 17.00
Family photo
17.00 – 17.30
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.
17.30 – 19.00
Evening reception 19.00 – 20.00
21/02/2019 Registration
08.15 – 09.00
09.00 – 09.10
Voices of young adults
With the participation of:
Amadou Janha (Gambia), Peer operator in Italy
'Md Dilal Hossen (Bangladesh), Peer operator in Italy
Rania Ali (Syria), social media journalist
Syed Hasnain (Afghanistan), from the Network for Refugee Voices
09.10 – 10.45
Coffee break
10.45 – 11.15
Panel debate
Children on the move towards Europe: What are the dangers to which children are increasingly exposed in third countries, and how does this impact their care needs in Europe? - Panel debate facilitated by Jana Hainsworth, Eurochild
Victor Aihawu, Centre for Youth Integrated Development, Nigeria
Lazhar Jouili, Defence for Children Tunisia
Sophia Majhoub, Child Focus, Belgium
Sara Granath, Save the Children Sweden

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
11.15 – 12.45
12.45 – 13.45
> Accounting for the Missing is an investment in Peace: Efforts in Europe to Account for Missing Children (ICMP and Missing People UK)
Colour Code (Blue) – Location: Aula Magna
> Vulnerabilities and Resilience of Teenage Boys on the Move to Europe (ICMPD)
Colour Code (Green) – Location: Lecture Room 2
> How to design a programme to meet evidence-based criteria (RAND Europe)
Colour Code (Red) – Location: Lecture Room 3
> The importance of comprehensive and sustainable service provision to support immediate protection and long-term inclusion of children on the move (Terre des Hommes)
Colour Code (Yellow) – Location: Lecture Room 4
> Covering the gaps and offering real solutions for children on the move towards Europe on a local level: best practices in medical and psychosocial intervention, as well as mental health services (The Smile of the Child and ECPAT UK)
Colour Code (Florescent Orange) – Lecture Room 5
13.45 – 15.15
Coffee break 15.15 – 15.45
> Sharing good practices: children’s rights helpdesks in Europe (Defence for Children International)
Colour Code (Blue) – Lecture Room 1
> Education – Key to protect children all along the Migration Route (Don Bosco International)
Colour Code (Green) – Lecture Room 2
>Together for young migrants (DKJS, Faros Association and Dedalus Social Cooperative)
Colour Code (Red) – Lecture Room 3
> Unaccompanied Minors in Greece (Network for Children’s Rights and Terre des Hommes)
Colour Code (Yellow) – Lecture Room 4
> From arrival to transition: An interaction exploration of young migrants’ experiences of the transition to adulthood (VYRE)
Colour Code (Florescent Orange) – Aula Magna
> Children forced to move across borders: working together to prevent and protect children at risk of trafficking and understand their experiences (NSPCC and the County Administrative Board of Stockholm)
Colour Code (Florescent Green) – Lecture Room 6
15.45 – 17.15
The Play ‘Pizza Shop Heroes’ by the Phosphoros theatre group will take place at Spazju Kreattiv, Castille Place, Valletta.
22/02/2019 Registration
Refreshments will be available as self-service until 11.30
08.30 – 09.00
Opening debate
Facilitated by Delphine Moralis, Terre des Hommes
Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Valeria Setti, European Commission Coordinator on the Rights of the Child
Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, European Parliament Coordinator for Children’s rights
09.00 – 10.00
Working groups on the conference’s conclusions and recommendations
Participants will be asked to discuss what they have heard and learned in the workshops and to work together on a set of operational and policy recommendations to be presented to key decision makers after the event, also in view of the European Elections 2019. A specific methodology will be presented, to make sure that the outcome is truly shared by all those who attend the event.
10.00 – 11.30
Plenary discussion on the conference’s conclusions and recommendations
Facilitated by Ruth Farrugia, The President's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society
11.30 – 12.45
Closing remarks
Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta
12.45 – 13.00

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