GSN Global Missing Children Alliance

Context

Staggering numbers of children go missing every year. They end up trafficked for sexual exploitation, as child labourers, child slaves and suffer the worst forms of exploitation and abuse.

According to national and federal estimates:

  • 1 child goes missing every 8 minutes in India. That means an average of 174 every day. 50% of the children who have gone missing until 2016 have stayed untraced

  • In Australia, an estimated 25,000 young people are reported missing every year

  • In Canada, there were 39.948 missing children reports in 2020

  • In Russia, an estimated 50,000 children were reported missing in 2019

  • In the United Kingdom, over 65,800 children went missing 2019/20

  • In 2020, there were 365,348 reports of missing children in the United States.

Objective

The Global Missing Children Alliance aims to bring together front-line organisations, experts, law-enforcement and technology companies on one platform to discuss the complex issue of Missing Children in order to:

  1. Create collaborative partnerships and dialogue between the most active voices working on the issue globally 1

  2. Ensure a holistic and multi-stakeholder approach to fill the identified gaps, which include multiple perspectives and experiences

  3. Share best practices across the globe 

  4. Highlight the most effective and efficient ways to utilise technology 

  5. Sustainably Implement the identified solutions and replicate them globally for large-scale impact