UN HLD on Migration: Informal Interactive Hearings taking place today


While most eyes have been on the UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development this upcoming October, the more crucial event from a Civil Society perspective might actually take place today: The Informal Interactive Hearings on International Migration and Development provides space for non-government organisations to “share their concerns and ideas with UN Member States on migration and development matters”. If, like me, you are not able to participate, there is a webstream covering the proceedings which can be found here:

http://webtv.un.org/

All organisations in consultative status with the UN are able to attend, all others had to apply beforehand and member states reserved the right to reject them (from what I have heard, there were only few cases, would be interesting to find out who was rejected…)

My organisation, the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute for socio-cultural Research, was accepted, but because I was away from my Office  attending various Workshops/conferences, I missed the very narrow timeframe for registration – only 4 days!

Having said that, a lack of time and funding would have made it hard for me to attend the even if I had been able to register in time… But I remain very determined to report from the new metting in October!

Also, I was able to attend two pre-events leading up to the meeting. As a preparation for the Event and in order to provide input, 600 civil society actors have been organizing and meeting in past Six months. There were several regional and national as well as thematic Meetings. I took part in one of the latter, the Diaspora & Development Roundtable, organized by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and CIM/GIZ Germany. 20 recommendations were gathered in 4 Workshops (I was moderator for the one on

Diaspora, Migration and Integration Policies for Development

) and a delegate was selected to participate in today’s hearing. Leading up to that, I took part in a workshop organized by GIZ/CIM  bringing together German migrant organisations and discussing with them ways to participate in global processes – for the first time, to my knowledge! So, even if the outcome of the UN Hearing/dialogue may be limited, the process leading up to it has certainly increased the Networking and awareness of Migrant organisations.

This post has been mostly about the more formal aspects, I will Report more about the proceedings – and the agenda! –  in a later post;  until then, the program of the Hearing can be found here:

http://hldcivilsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Provisional-Program-Interactive-Hearings-_2-July__FIN.pdf

And here is the concept note:

http://hldcivilsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/PGA_draft-concept-note_hearings_FIN.pdf

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About Stefan Rother

Lecturer and Researcher at the Department of Political Science, University of Freiburg -- Freelance journalist -- You can find my CV at the links below:
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