OMEP organized a Side session in the framework of the 59th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD59) of the United Nations in its Headquarters in New York, on February 17, 2021. It was coordinated by our Main Representative, Dr. María Pía Belloni.
Forced migration is an increasing global challenge. Many of the uprooted children are very young. Information Communication Technologies (ICT) can provide invaluable support, and play an important role in solving problems in humanitarian crises. However, multiple questions remain unanswered about how to use ITC in ways that are ethical and equitable, while balancing effectiveness, efficiency, security, and privacy considerations.
The event was directed to Member States, UN agencies and civil society to show the urgent need:
- to invest in the youngest refugee and migrant children and their families with effective ECD/ECCE programs.
- to raise awareness of the importance of developing tools and new technologies
- to gather qualitative and disaggregated data about access to digital programs on migrant and refugee children’s well-being,
- to disseminate information about the life-long benefits for children.
Speakers: Danielle De La Fuente, Founder and Executive Director of Amal Alliance; Niels Peter Rygaard, Co-founder and CEO Fairstart Foundation; Isabel Cristina Granada Garces, Senior Sector Specialist, Migration Initiative, Inter-American Development Bank; and Aaron Meyerson, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Broadband, New York City Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer.
Moderator: Charlotte Jenner, UNHCR Communications and Reporting Officer.