Maria Pia Belloni Mignatti

Maria Pia Belloni Mignatti

ECPC: 
Advisory Board Member
Title: 
UN Representative, World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP), NGO Committee on Migration

Dr. Belloni holds a Master’s degree in Political Science, cum laude, from the University of Pavia (Italy) and a Diploma of Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium. She is a retired Professor of European Union Law, Faculty of Political Science, at the University of Pavia (Italy).

Positions held by Dr. Mignatti include: Chair, NGO Committee on MigrationUN Representative, World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP)Member of the Steering Committee “Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts”, Geneva, Switzerland; and Member of the Advisory Group of the Early Childhood Development Peace Consortium (ECPC).

Dr. Mignatti has published books and articles on different aspects of the European Union integration, mainly about migration policy. Her current interests are:

  1. Refuge and migrant children’s right to education, mainly Early Childhood Development
  2. Refugee and migrant children’s rights protection
  3. Alternatives to administrative detention of migrant and refugee children.

Position Papers:

(Permission to host position papers is granted by the Committee on MigrationOMEP and UNHCR.)

  1. An Overlooked Emergency. The Poverty of Forced Migrant Children.
  2. Providing Education and Care for Syria’s Littlest Refugees
  3. Giving Childhood Back to Children in Refugee Camps
  4. Positive Effects of Innovative Early Childhood Development Programs on Refugee Youth Resilience

Relevant Presentations:

  1. Early Childhood Education and Care for Migrant and Refugee Children, OMEP World Conference, Prague, Check Republic, 25 June 2018
  2. Global ECD/ECE Policy and Practice to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: OMEP’s Work at the United Nations and UNESCO, OMEP World Conference, Prague, Check Republic, 29 June 2018
  3. Presentation of the booklet: “I am a child! Four steps for protecting children’s rights in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and in the Global Compact on Refugees. Examples of good policies and practices by Governments, in multi-stakeholder partnership “in occasion of the event: “Leaving no child behind. How the Global Compact for Migration can contribute to SDGs trough sustainable solutions for children on the move”, United Nations, May 15 2018
  4. The Poverty of migrant and refugee children is not a destiny. The Role of Early Childhood Education, Panel Discussion organized by NGO CELL, 29 March 2018, United Nations, Church Center
  5. The contribution of Intergenerational Relationships to the Enjoyment of the Human Rights of Older Persons. The role of ECD side event in the occasion of the International day of Human Rights, 11 December 2017, United Nations  
  6. Conference on Child Rights in the Global Compacts, Berlin (Germany) 12-13 June 2017, Facilitator- Session on Right to Education
  7. The transformative role of Early Childhood Education in a migration and refugee context, OMEP World Conference, Opatija (Slovania) 24-29 June 2017
  8. “Children and Youth’s Mental Health for the realization of the sustainable Development Goals”, Baha’i International Community, 18 May 18 2017
  9. Global compact on migration: An opportunity to synergize the efforts of the international community. International Dialogue on Migration, IOM, 19 April 2017, UN Headquarters
  10. No more excuses: The need to implement ECD programs in a migration and refugee context. Armenian Relief Society, March 15, 2017, Armenian Auditorium, New York
  11. Children on the move: Their dreams, our dreams. International Migrants Day, UN, CR 6, December 15, 2016, New York
  12. European union migration crisis: Dreams down into the sea. New York Institute of Technology, 28 November 2016, New York
  13. Positive effects of innovative early childhood development programs on refugee youth resilience. UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs, Geneva, 15-17 June 2016
  14. Empowering Syrian refugee women and children for a better future: Challenges and innovative solutions in early childhood development. (SDG 4.2), Organizer of the event, Commission of Status of Women, March 24, 2016, New York
  15. Exploring the challenges of refugee women and children: Innovative solutions in early childhood education. CSW60, Consultation Day Breakout, March 13, 2016, New York
  16. Children of the Syrian conflict. Virtual presentation, Whittier College, California, March 17, 2015
  17. The children’s rights to education in refugee camps.(Jordan),(Kenya), Side event, NGO Committee on the Status of Women, International Church Center, February 19, 2015, New York
  18. Giving childhood back to children in refugee camps. Side event during the 53rd Session of the Commission of Social Development, UN HQ, February 4, 2015
  19. The special social protection of unaccompanied migrant children. Permanent Mission of Switzerland to UN, October 14, 2014, New York
  20. Recovering stolen childhood through education utilizing the tools of the digital age. Examples from Jordan, Jamaica and Ghana, Moderator, UN DPI/NGO Annual Conference, August 27, 2014, New York
  21. Refugee children: Mental wellbeing education in the Za’atari Refugee Camp (Jordan). UN DPI/NGO Annual Conference, August 29, 2014, New York
  22. Migrant children in detention in the European Union: Problems and solutions. Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 3, 2014 (virtual presentation)
  23. Migrant children in detention in the European Union: Problems and solutions. Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen, Denmark, April 29, 2014 (virtual presentation)
  24. Children in refugee camps: Voices crying out in the desert (Vox clamantis in deserto). Za’atari – Dadaab – Kakuma, Whittier College, Whittier California, April 16, 2014
  25. Send girls and boys to school: A promise the global community must keep, “Promoting Education for Girls around the World”, Fordham University, March 15, 2014, New York
  26. Refugee children and the right to early childhood education: A humanitarian and sustainable development issue. Side event during the 52nd Session of the Commission of Social Development, UN HQ, February 13, 2014
  27. Refugee children and the right to early childhood development. NGO Committee on Status of Women, “Educating Migrant Women and Girls in Crisis Situations: in Transit, in Camps, in Detention”, January 23, 2014, New York
  28. The protection of migrant youth in transit by land and sea. NGO Committee on Migration, December 12, 2013
  29. Za’atari Intervention Project (ZIP) Kenya Intervention Project (KIP), Voices crying out in the desert (Vox clamantis in deserto). NAEYC Annual Conference, Washington D.C., November 22, 2013
  30. Migrant children in detention in the European Union: Problems and Solutions, Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 30, 2013 (virtual presentation)
  31. Migrant Children in Detention in the European Union. Problems and solutions. Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen, Denmark, June, 5 2013
  32. Vulnerabilities of children in international migration: Human rights and psychosocial perspectives. Side event, 46th Meeting of the Commission on Population and Development, UN HQ, April 23, 2013
  33. I am a child trapped in the worst migration web: The detention. Where is my right to education? Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 13, 2013
  34. Presentation of Za’atari Early Childhood Intervention Project. (Maria Pia Belloni & Jerry Aldridge, University of Birmingham, Alabama), to support care and development for Syrian children in the Za’atri refugee camp (Jordan), UN NGO Committee on Migration, February 13, 2013, New York
  35. I am a migrant child. Where is my right to education? Side event – 51st Commission for Social Development, February 13, 2013, United Nations Headquarters, New York
  36. Basic rights of migrants to access education and health services, Seminar on Social Inclusion of Migrants: Access to Education and Health Services, August 22, 2012 United Nations Headquarters, New York
  37. The right to family reunification of TCNs: In search of a new approach? UN-NGO Committee on the Family, April 26, 2012
  38. The European Union Legislation on Third Countries Nationals’ Right to Family Reunification. NGO Committee on Migration, UN, April 12, 2012
  39. Increasing visibility of children, adolescents and youth in the context of migration. Bahia International Community, November 8, 2012, New York
  40. Where are the children? Where are the women? A critical analysis of the directive 2003/86 on the Third Country Nationals’ Rights to Family Reunification, UNICEF Working Group on Education, New York, May 10, 2010
  41. Migration and young children issues and information: EU policy for protection of the rights of children. UNICEF Working Group on Education, New York, October 27, 2009
  42. Third country nationals’ immigration into the European Union: Rules and contradictions. Continuing Legal Education, Global Legal Studies Center, Madison University, WI, May 5, 2009
  43. In search of a gendered approach to European Union immigration policy. Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, Madison University, WI, May 6, 2009

Organizer, UN Side Events:

  1. Early childhood development as a strategy to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities in a migration and refugee context. 9 February, 2017 UN Headquarters, Conference Room E
  2. Economic empowerment of women in migration: Impact on their children’s educational outcomes and resilience. 13 March 2017, Salvation Army Auditorium, New York
  3. Empowering Syrian refugee women and children for a better future: Challenges and innovative solutions in early childhood development (SDG 4.2). Organizer of the event, Commission of Status of Women, March 24, 2016
  4. The children’s rights to education in refugee camps. Za’atari (Jordan), Dadaab, Kakuma (Kenya), Side event, NGO Committee on the Status of Women, International Church Center, February 19, 2015
  5. Recovering stolen childhood through education utilizing the tools of the digital age. Examples from Jordan, Jamaica and Ghana, Moderator, UN DPI/NGO Annual Conference, August 27, 2014
  6. Refugee children: Mental wellbeing education in the Za’atari Refugee Camp (Jordan). UN DPI/NGO Annual Conference, August 29, 2014
  7. Refugee children and the right to early childhood education: A humanitarian and sustainable development issue. Side event during the 52nd Session of the Commission of Social Development, UN HQ, February 13, 2014
  8. Vulnerabilities of children in international migration: Human rights and psychosocial perspectives. Side event, 46th Meeting of the Commission on Population and Development, UN HQ, April 23, 2013
  9. I am a migrant child: Where is my right to education? Side event – 51st Commission for Social Development, February 13, 2013, United Nations Headquarters, New York
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