Get involved Vol 21, No. 09 - September 2017

Working towards safe, orderly and regular migration

At a recent high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants, held by the General Assembly on 19 September 2016, Member States decided to develop a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. The compact is expected to be adopted at an intergovernmental conference at the United Nations in New York in September 2018. The participation of civil society groups and other stakeholders will be essential to making the compact a success.

In preparation for negotiations in 2018 on the global compact, the General Assembly is convening six thematic meetings between April and November 2017 in Geneva, New York and Vienna to discuss the topic of international migration in all its dimensions.

In addition, the United Nations regional economic commissions, located in Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut, Geneva and Santiago, are organizing discussions to examine regional and sub-regional aspects of international migration.

The President of the General Assembly is also convening several informal interactive hearings with the civil society, the private sector, diaspora groups and migrant organizations between June 2017 and July 2018. Civil society consultations will also be held at the regional level. Lastly, Member States have been invited to hold national multi-stakeholder consultations as part of the preparatory process.

Many civil society and other stakeholders are already actively participating in these and other preparatory activities for the migration compact. To get involved in these global and regional events, please go to refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact. For information on national consultations, please consult the relevant national government or United Nations entity in your country.

You can also show your support for refugees and migrants by joining the TOGETHER campaign, launched by the UN in September 2016. TOGETHER is a global initiative to change negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants, and to strengthen the social contract between host countries and communities.

Whether you are a global citizen or a representative of a civil society organization, a government or a private company, there are many ways for you to get involved and #jointogether. For further details go to http://together.un.org/.

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