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The 2006 UNSCHR conference will unite 60 youth from around the world at UNIS and the UN Headquarters in New York for discussion, collaboration, and action related to the rights of migrants. Each co-sponsor will bring up to 10 student representatives to New York to participate. Many other students from countries around the globe will join through videoconferencing and web-casting.

The interactive forums are only open to middle (intermediate) or secondary students. In order to participate, teachers can register their students or students can register themselves. Registration for the forums is now open. Please note it may take up to 24 hours for a registration to be approved after it has been submitted.

Sub-themes for Conference Working Groups

Below are five sub-themes and related topics that are important in considering the theme of “Migration and Development: Challenges for Human Rights.” Each of these sub-themes will be topics for the working groups established at the conference, where participants draft the Plan of Action. Participants should therefore explore and research each theme thoroughly in preparation.

  1. Human rights of regular vs, irregular migrants
    • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
    • International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
  2. Integration/assimilation (Right to non-discrimination)

    • Racism/xenophobia
    • Language
    • Cultural and religious practices (public vs. private)        


  3. Gender dimension

    • “Double Marginalization” because of being 1) alien 2) female
    • Forced labor, sexual exploitation and other abuse (especially hard to detect when work is done in homes)

  4. Voluntary vs. involuntary migration (Freedom of movement)

    • Voluntary: migrant workers and students
    • Involuntary: victims of human trafficking, smuggling, refugees, victims of natural disasters

  5. Labor issues

    • Health and Safety of workers
    • Right to join/form unions (if regular)

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Tips for writing a Plan of Action

  1. Preamble – The introduction to a formal document that explains its purpose which may include reference to the U.N. charter, citations or statements made by the U.N. body or agency on the issue, recognition of achievements of the work or efforts of regional organizations in dealing with the issue, general statements on the topic, its significance, its effects and its challenges.

    Suggested Preambulatory Phrases:

    Acknowledging...
    Affirming...
    Alarmed ...
    Anxious ...
    Approving ...
    Aware …
    Bearing in mind ...
    Being convinced ...
    Believing ...
    Cognizant ...
    Concerned ...
    Confident ...
    Conscious ...
    Considering ...
    Contemplating ...
    Convinced ...
    Declaring ...
    Deeply disturbed…
    Desiring…
    Determined …
    Emphasizing...
    Encouraged...
    Endorsing...
    Expressing...
    ...appreciation...
    ...deep appreciation...
    Expecting ...
    Fulfilling...
    Fully …
    ...aware...
    ...believing...
    ...bearing in mind...
    Grieved…
    Guided by...
    Having…
    ...adopted...
    ...approved...
    ...considered...
    ...examined further…
    ...received...
    ...reviewed...
    Keeping in mind...
    Mindful…
    Noting...
    ...further...
    ...with approval...
    ...with concern...
    ...with deep concern…
    ...with grave concern…
    ...with regret...
    ...with satisfaction...
    Observing... Reaffirming...
    Realizing...
    Recalling...
    Recognizing...
    Referring...
    Regretting...
    Reiterating...
    Seeking...
    Stressing...
    Welcoming...
  1. Operative Clauses – Clauses that are set out to achieve the main goals of the issue. Operative clauses should be organized in a logical progression, and each clause should contain a single idea or policy proposal. This may also include strategies on achieving a goal.

    Suggested Operative Phrases:

    Accepts...
    Adopts...
    Affirms…
    Appeals...
    Appreciates...
    Approves...
    Authorizes...
    Calls upon...
    Commends...
    Concurs...
    Condemns...
    Confirms...
    Congratulates...
    Considers...
    Decides...
    ...accordingly...
    Declares...
    Deplores...
    Designates...
    Directs...
    Emphasizes...
    Encourages...
    Endorses...
    Expresses...
    ...its appreciation...
    ...its conviction...
    ...its regret...
    ...its sympathy...
    ...its thanks...
    ...the belief...
    ...the hope...
    Further...
    …concurs…
    …invites
    ...proclaims...
    ...reminds...
    ...recommends...
    ...requests...
    ...resolves...
    Instructs...
    Invites...
    Notes...
    ...with appreciation
    ...with approval...
    ...with interest...
    ...with satisfaction...
    Reaffirms...
    ...its belief...
    Recognizes...
    Recommends...
    Regrets...
    Reiterates…
    Renews its appeal
    Repeats...
    Suggests...
    Strongly...
    Supports...
    Takes note of...
    Transmits...
    Urges...
    Welcomes...
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29 November - 1 December, 2006


United Nations
Headquarters, NY


Intermediate and
Secondary Students
(grades 7-12)


Migration and Development: Challenges for Human Rights

 



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