2003

  • Children in the street - Report from an expert meeting in Moscow
  • Report - In April 2003 the Working Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk in co-operation with the Ministry of Education of the Russian federation, organised a meeting on the topic of children in the street.

  • 2003 Conference: Stop Child Trafficking - Modern Day Slavery
  • Pictured: H.E. President Vaira Vike-Freiberga of Latvia, H.E. Prime Minister Anneli Jäätteenmäki of Finland, H.E. U.S. Ambassador to Finland Bonnie McElveen-Hunter. 

    On 1-3 June, in Helsinki, the US, Canadian and Swedish Embassies to Finland, the Finnish Government and the Council of the Baltic Sea States gathered some 150 delegates to share and improve practices, programmes and policies aimed at stopping trafficking in children. 

    The Conference "Stop Child Trafficking - Modern Day Slavery" enjoyed the presence of several dignitairies like H.E. President Tarja Halonen of Finland (presentation), H.E. President Vaira Vike-Freiberga of Latvia, H.E. Prime Minister Anneli Jäätteenmäki of Finland (presentation), H.E. Deputy Prime Minister Winberg of Sweden (presentation), Paula J. Dobriansky, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs (presentation), H.E. Ambassador Ulf Hjertonsson of Sweden, and H.E. Ambassador Adele Dion of Canada. "The Children's Senator" Chris Smith of the United States gave videotaped remarks. Her Highness, Queen Silvia of Sweden sent her videotaped greeting to the conference.

    H.E. Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter was the driving force behind the conference. 

    This instructive and forceful conference gave clear political support from the entire Baltic Sea region as well as from the United States and Canada that the fight against trafficking in children is as important and neccessary as ever. 

                          

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  • Report from the NGO Conference on Separated and Trafficked Children in the Baltic Sea Region - Best Practice and Cooperation. Vilnius 14 - 16 September 2003
  • Report - The conference was a response from the NGO community to one of the commitments made at a governmental conference in Stockholm in February 2003, regarding the importance of involving NGOs in the struggle against trafficking in children and ... More

  • 2003 - Senior Officials Meeting on Unaccompanied Children from the Region of the Baltic Sea States
  • Outcome document and Meeting report

    This meeting including senior officials from Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Sweden and Ukraine  representatives from the European Commission, IOM and from UNHCR have, together with representatives from the NGO sector.

    On February 10th to 11th 2003s in Stockholm they discussed the issue of Interministerial and Interagency Co-operation for Improved Assessment, Care and Reintegration of Unaccompanied Children within and from the region.

    The report includes chairman's conclusions in English and Russian, all background documents, address list of participants, welcoming speeches, keynote speeches,  and concluding speech. Many documents in the report are in both English and Russian.

    The following commitments have been agreed upon:

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  • The First Conference of the Nordic and Baltic Ombudsmen and Legal Chancellors
  • The Legal Chancellor of the Republic of Estonia in association with the Office of the Nordic Council of Ministers organised the First Conference of the Nordic and Baltic Ombudsmen and Legal Chancellors, dedicated to 65th anniversary of establishing and 10th ... More