Plan of Action on Unaccompanied and Trafficked Children in the Region of The Baltic Sea States

The Working Group for Co-operation on Children at Risk on the 17th of May 2004, adopted a Plan of Action on Unaccompanied and Trafficked Children in the Region of the Baltic Sea States. The plan deals with children within the region plus Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova and that originate from the region. The initial Plan of Action covers the period May 2004 until December 2005 and sets up a number of goals and actions. The Plan of Action was prolonged until July 2007 at the ministerial meeting in Oslo in May 2005.

Background:

At the meeting of Heads of Governments in the Baltic Sea Region, the situation for Unaccompanied Children in the region was highlighted as an area of concern to the countries. As a response to this, the Working Group for Co-operation on Children at Risk, (WGCC), in co-operation with the Swedish Foreign Ministry organised a meeting of Senior Officials on the issue of Unaccompanied Children in the Region of the Baltic Sea States. The neighbouring countries Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova where also invited to the meeting as they are important stakeholders.

The meeting of Senior Officials ended with a number of conclusions and recommendations from the Chair. One of these conclusions was to encourage the WGCC to decide upon a plan of action for the region on Unaccompanied and Trafficked children. The present Plan of Action is an effort from the WGCC to make the recommendations from the meeting operational.