Have your say: Stand up for migrants!
This February, the international community will intensify its efforts preparing for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The Compact, expected to be adopted in December this year, will cover all aspects of international migration in the spirit of human solidarity to ensure that no one is left behind. There are many ways to get involved and have a say to ensure that people on the move around the world are protected.
The Global Compact, which is now entering a phase of negotiations, is expected to be adopted at the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which will be held in Morocco on 10 and 11 December 2018.
For those wishing to have a say in what the Global Compact should feature, there is still time to get involved. One such opportunity is on 21 February 2018, when there will be a multi-stakeholder hearing at UN headquarters in New York. Registration for this event is open until 7 February and can be done here.
Ahead of this hearing, UN DESA’s Population Division is organizing the sixteenth annual coordination meeting on international migration on 15-16 February 2018 with a view to informing the preparations of the Global Compact. The meeting will bring together Member States, the UN system, civil society and the private sector. It will focus on strengthening the evidence base on migration, measuring the migration-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promoting collaboration and coordination on migration-related activities.
Another opportunity to get involved is through the United Nations Join Together campaign, that promotes respect, safety and dignity for refugees and other migrants. It is a growing coalition of international actors committed to change negative narratives on migration and to counter the rise in xenophobia and discrimination.
Staying active in local communities and bringing awareness to migrant issues and the SDGs is key to reach a universal understanding of the concerns that people who migrate face around the world. Want to join together and be part of these efforts? Find six ways to get involved here.
Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM)
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