Historical high-level events

Looking back ...

Here we highlight important milestones within the CBSS context in the field of children's rights and protection. 

2009 - The United Nations Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

A resolution ‘welcoming' the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children was adopted by UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 20 November 2009, a memorable day when the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child celebrated its 20th anniversary.

The United Nations Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children are intended to enhance the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child 1989, and other relevant provisions of international and regional human rights law, in matters of protection and well-being of children who are in need of alternative care, or who are at risk of so being. It therefore focuses on two main aspects:

  1. Ensure that children do not find themselves placed in alternative care unnecessarily; and
  2. that, where out-of-home care is provided, it is provided in appropriate conditions and of a type that responds to the child's rights, needs and best interests.

2006 - Statement following the Ministerial Roundtable Conference on the Social Aspects of Trafficking

The Statement following the Roundtable Conference on the Social Aspects of Trafficking held 31 October 2006. It was the first time where the Ministers for Social Affairs in the Nordic Countries had the opportunity to meet their colleagues from the Baltic Sea Countries to discuss the social impact of trafficking in human beings in the particular context of trafficking related to prostitution. In the meeting Ministers benefited from the experiences made by The Council of the Baltic States and The Nordic Dimension Partnership. 

2005 - Conclusions from the meeting of ministers responsible for children's issues within the Baltic Sea Region

Conclusions from the meeting of ministers in Oslo 10th of May

On May 9 - 10 2005, the ministers responsible for children's issues within the member countries of the Council of the Baltic Sea States met on the invitation of the Minister for Children and Family Affairs in Norway, Ms Laila Dåvöy.

The meeting was organised by the Ministry for Children and Family Affairs in Norway in cooperation with the Children's Unit at the secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. The whole cooperation on children at risk in the region was discussed and the participants listened to presentations related to the prioritised areas:

  • Sexual exploitation of children
  • The rights of children in institutions
  • Unaccompanied and trafficked children

The Council of Europe presented their recent recommendation 2005:05 on the rights of children in institutions and experts gave presentations on alternatives to institutional placements and on improving the quality of care in existing institutions.

The Baltic Sea Regional Study on Adolescent Sexuality presented some preliminary findings.

The programme on Unaccompanied and trafficked children in the region of the Baltic Sea States was presented.

The overall work of the cooperation on children at risk and the use of the IT-tool, the Childcentre was presented.

The meeting agreed on conclusions to guide the work in the future. 

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. 

                      

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:

2001 - New Children's Secretariat strengthens initiatives to combat the sexual exploitation of children in the Baltic Sea Region

Report, Press release - On Wednesday 31 October 2001, representatives from the countries that belong to the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) decided that a Children's Secretariat will be established to work on a regional basis with issues related to children at risk.

2001 - Report from the Meeting with High Officials on Children at Risk in the Baltic Sea Region

Report from Stockholm 30 - 31 October 2001.