Civil Society Representatives Prepare for the GFMD
The 2020 GFMD Civil Society Preparatory Meeting opened on 7 January 2020. As in previous years, the purpose of the meeting is to brief and prepare civil society delegates to engage in the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit, which this year takes place online. Across four days from 7-15 January, some 240 civil society representatives will develop a set of inputs and recommendations to guide their interventions in the Summit.
The meeting was opened by Stéphane Jaquemet, Director of Policy at the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) and head of the GFMD Civil Society Coordinating Office. Jaquemet reflected on the wide-ranging and ongoing consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the disproportionate price paid by migrants and global mobility. He called on civil society to be “a strong and principled voice, and also a partner” in ensuring that recovery measures are “inclusive, gender-sensitive and generate a climate of togetherness.”
Jaquemet noted the positive progress of civil society participation in the GFMD, resulting in the “full multi-stakeholder approach” of the 2021 Summit. “We no longer need Civil Society Days separate but unequal from the GFMD Summit,” he said. However, Jaquemet added: “We still need to meet first among ourselves to be better prepared collectively. This is the very raison d’être of our Civil Society Preparatory Meeting, starting today.”
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Pilot Testing of the Migration Network Hub
Greetings from the UN Network on Migration!
Please find here an invitation to register for the Migration Network Hub Pilot Testing which will be held online via Webex on 21 January between 3.00 and 4.30pm CET (in English only).
We invite you to register by 15 January through the Eventbrite link. If you are unable to join the event, we also provide the option of filling out the survey without attending the pilot testing webinar. To do so, please register on Eventbrite so that you can receive further instructions.
Questions can be addressed to GCMHub@iom.int.
Center for Migration Studies Survey Deadline Jan 29
The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) invites staff and volunteers of Catholic organizations, ministries, and programs that serve and work with immigrants and refugees in the United States to participate in a brief survey (10-15 minutes). The survey will help us better understand how public policies, crises, and more mundane challenges are affecting your work with immigrant communities. The survey seeks input on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, and immigration enforcement on Catholic institutions, as well as persistent operational challenges that preceded the pandemic.
Results will be published in aggregated form, and we will not identify any participating individuals or organizations.
Survey responses must be received by January 29, 2021. All participants who enter their name or their organization's name will be entered into a raffle for three (3) $100 Amazon gift cards. This information will be used solely to identify raffle winners.
Start survey here.
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback! If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to share this survey widely with your Catholic networks.
Deadline Extended: Contribute to efforts of the UN Network on Migration's thematic working group 3 on regular pathways
The United Nations Network on Migration was established to ensure effective, timely and coordinated system-wide support to States in their implementation, follow up and review of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
Thematic Working Group 3 on Pathways for Admission and Stay to Address and Reduce Vulnerabilities Faced by Migrants is one of six thematic working groups established under the Network, tasked with “Strengthening States’ capacities to expand regular migration pathways, including admission and stay, and to address and reduce vulnerabilities faced by migrants”. The Working Group is comprised of representatives of UN agencies, civil society organizations and technical experts from across the world, and is co-convened by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, ACT Alliance and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.
In order to support this work, the Network would be most grateful to receive relevant information from you via the attached questionnaire, which seeks to gauge the extent to which safe and regular pathways are currently available and accessible to migrants in situations of vulnerability, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Information provided in response to this questionnaire will be used by the Network to develop targeted guidance and tools, and to pilot this guidance, inter alia through the facilitation of peer-to-peer exchanges with Member States, UN partners, and other stakeholders, and will not be made public.
Additional details may be found here, and a link to the questionnaire may be found here. Please send all information by 11 January 2021 to email@example.com . Due to a limited capacity for translation, UN Network on Migration kindly requests that your submissions be in English.
Renew your CoM Membership & Join a Subcommittee!
We are continuing the process of collecting annual membership dues and convening subcommittees.
The NGO Committee on Migration organizes many of its activities through member participation in the following four subcommittees:
By formally joining a subcommittee, you will be able to receive a link to access the online subcommittee gatherings, which precede the general portion of each Member Meeting.
- Environment / Climate-Induced Displacement
- Migrant & Refugee Children
- Migrants in Situations of Vulnerability / Mixed Migration
- Xenophobia & Social Inclusion
Click here to renew your CoM membership and here to join one of the four subcommittees listed above!