The International Conference for Families of Missing Persons is a unique forum that brings together families whose loved ones went missing due to conflicts, migration, or other situations of violence. It is the only event of its kind and provides a uniquely global opportunity for families to come together, share, and discuss their own experiences, as well as to inspire and be inspired by the experiences of others.
The conference was first held in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 2019. On that occasion, families from around the world asked the ICRC to create a regular opportunity for them to interact, exchange, compare experiences, and collaborate. Since then, the conference has been organized every two years.
Create a global platform for peer-to-peer exchange of experiences for families of missing persons around the world.
From 21 to-23 November 2023, approximately 700 families of missing persons from all over the world came together to share their experiences and gain inspiration.
Three days of multilingual sessions tackled the most critical challenges faced by families around the world (how to make the issue visible, and advocate for their needs, how to search for their loved ones and associated risks and how to live through the multifaceted needs families face when a loved one goes missing (emotional support needs, but also economic, administrative and memorialization needs).
Broadcasted live from 2 ICRC central studios in Geneva and Australia the conference agenda featured global and regional panels on various themes, peer-to-peer conversations about key challenges faced by families, pre-recorded personal stories, and opportunities to meet and exchange virtually with other families from all over the world.