It is not the beginning of the end – just the end of the beginning…The old saying seems particularly fitting in the case of the 2013 UN High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development. It has been an extremely busy week and I have a lot of catching up to do with my blog – but it is worth looking at the shape of things to come nonetheless. The next Major Event – and according to Carol Barton from United Methodist Women (pictured) “maybe the most important of them all” – is
the WTO ministerial Meeting in Bali December 3-6 2014. While migration is not on the agenda per se (except maybe for deliberations in Connection with GATS Mode 4), many Migrant organisations hold the neoliberal Agenda favored by the WTO responsible for many of the root causes of migration. They plan to participate in parallel and counter events – among them a Tribunal organised by the peasant grassroots Meeting La via Campesina.
For the next year, the main two Meetings will be the GFMD in Sweden 12-16 May 2014 and the World Social Forum on Migration (WSFM) in Johannesburg, South Africa. For some reason, my blogpost where I announced the next WSFM meeting is among the most visited Posts on this site and several People contacted me to ask for the precise date. This has not yet been decided, though, but plans are that it will be in late October/November.
There is also the follow-up to the landmark 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)’. As I understand it, “ICPD Beyond 2014” is not an actual conference but a Review process – check out the Website:
For more upcoming events, see the Foto above.