Global Alliance for the Missing
The Global Alliance for the Missing was launched on 11 May 2021 on the margins of the 150th anniversary of the Central Tracing Agency by ICRC President Peter Maurer and Swiss Secretary of State Livia Leu.
Watch the video launch of the Alliance for the Missing at the 150th CTA Anniversary
The alliance aims to bring to bear the collective influence and diplomatic, political and financial capacities of states to improve the prevention of, and the response to, cases of separated and missing persons.
Collectively, the alliance will endeavour to:
- raise awareness on the question of missing persons globally and regionally, including in its humanitarian and human rights dimensions, and develop links with peacebuilding, conflict prevention and sustainable development agendas
- promote the implementation of global commitments relating to missing persons, such as UN Security Council Resolution 2474 (2019) on missing persons in armed conflict
- promote collaboration and share best practices, guidance and technical recommendations to improve the prevention of, and response to, cases of missing persons at the national, regional and global level
- ensure the Central Tracing Agency is sufficiently funded and equipped to develop guidance, research and innovative approaches, as well as to provide advice and support to states and other actors to prevent and respond to cases of missing persons.
Members of the alliance will achieve these goals by working together and making their case bilaterally to other governments and in multilateral forums.
The alliance's first high-level meeting will take place on 7 April 2022. It will be organized by the ICRC and Switzerland's Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
The Global Alliance for the Missing was launched on 11 May 2021 on the margins of the 150th anniversary of the Central Tracing Agency. Find out more on our event webpage.
Publications, Guidelines, Documents & Reports recently published by the Central Tracing Agency (CTA)
- Living with Absence Helping the Families of the Missing
- Guiding Principles for the Dignified Management of the dead in Humanitarian Emergencies and to Prevent them becoming Missing Persons
- Guidelines on information exchange and cooperation mechanisms for the search for missing migrants
- Guiding principles on the interaction with families of missing migrants
- Core data set to harmonize data collection for the search for missing migrants
- Missing persons: high cost of conflict and violence in Africa