Sharjah Conference on Refugee Children

This important gathering highlighted the need to strengthen existing partnerships between governments, civil society and international and regional agencies and to develop new ones. Participants were encouraged to share good practices, lessons learned and innovative approaches to addressing the protection risks and vulnerabilities of refugee children and young people.

Themes discussed included sexual and gender-based violence; children affected by armed conflict; birth registration and legal documentation; protecting children through education; public-private partnerships for protection; media and protection; and life skills and livelihoods.

There was also a special side event, gathering young people from the United Arab Emirates and featuring workshops and interactive exhibits. They learned about the dynamics and challenges of forced displacement and how humanitarian aid workers protect refugee children from abuse, violence and exploitation. One of the main outcomes of the conference was a set of principles related to the protection of refugee children in the region.