At a meeting of Heads of Governments in the Baltic Sea Region, the situation for Unaccompanied Children in the region was highlighted as an area of concern to the countries.
In response to this, the CBSS Expert Group on Children at Risk in co-operation with the Swedish Foreign Ministry organised a meeting of Senior Officials on the issue of Unaccompanied Children in the Region of the Baltic Sea States in 2003. Neighbouring countries Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova also participated.
The meeting conclusions and Chair recommendations included the development of a plan of action for the region on Unaccompanied and Trafficked children.
This plan of action for the CBSS programme on unaccompanied children includes a commitment to bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation, notably in the area of competence building; the establishment of contact points and a focal point to direct the work, while ensuring inclusion of a broad range of actors including NGOs, the private sector, governmental agencies and governments.