This side meeting will provide a space for States and other stakeholders to exchange experiences on working to end child immigration detention, and to hear from others working on this issue, including an advocate with lived experience of immigration detention, a presentation by the International Detention Coalition (IDC) on the findings of its global mapping on progress on Objective 13 implementation, and by the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children. The side meeting will also provide an important opportunity for States to share progress made towards ending child immigration detention in different contexts, and how they have addressed and overcome challenges as well as their comments on how to construct a plan or guidelines for the progress to be made in implementing Objective 13 of the GCM. It will also highlight the ecosystem of guidance and support of stakeholders that are available to assist with such implementation underlining the importance of the whole-of-government and the whole-ofsociety approach.
The side meeting will build on the three recent global peer learning exchanges on alternatives to immigration detention, and continue the work towards building global, regional and national communities of practice, encouraging States and other stakeholders to pursue further peer learning opportunities at different levels and develop further the Community of Practice that has been built. It will focus on the importance of implementing pledges on working to end child immigration detention - and the support that is available to assist with such implementation – in order to maintain the momentum that has been created and work towards full implementation.