This special event to mark the observance of World Social Justice Day – 20 February 2018, under the theme: Workers on the move: the quest for social justice, will bring together concrete stories and testimonies about the challenges of social justice and labour migration and possible policy responses to address these challenges.

The story tellers include journalists, winners of the ILO global media competition on labour migration for highlighting the positive contribution of migrant workers to countries of origin, transit, and destination as well as the key aspects such as their fair recruitment.

The stories will be followed by an interactive exchange with policy makers, UN delegates negotiating the Global Compact on Migration, representatives of business, trade unions and civil society. 

This event will contribute to the UN TOGETHER campaign ( ) which has the purpose of encouraging global action in promoting non-discrimination and addressing the problem of rising xenophobia against refugees and migrants.

Preliminary Program

1:15 Welcome remarks by H.E. Ms. Mirgul Moldoisaeva, Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to the UN and sponsor of the World Social Justice Day UN resolution

1:20 Video message by Mr. Guy Ryder, ILO Director General

1:23 Key note intervention by Ms. Louise Arbour, UN Secretary General Special Representative for International Migration: Migration and the Quest for Social Justice

1:30 Story-telling, testimonies

  • Migration and separation: Stories of the barrel children in the Caribbean, by Melissa Noel, award winning, independent multimedia journalist contributor to NBCNews, Huffpost and Caribbean Beat Magazine
  • Mr. Ince and the Hope of Being Needed: A year and a half with a tireless Turkish day laborer in Berlin, by Mario Kaiser, writer and independent journalist, former reporter and editor for Die Zeit and Der Spiegel
  • The Hand that Feeds: Undocumented immigrant workers struggling for labour rights in the food sector, by Rachel Lears, Director, filmmaker and producer of award winning documentary The Hand that Feeds.

2:00 Interactive exchange facilitated by Mrs Michelle Leighton, Chief of the ILO Labour Migration Branch

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