The dates have been announced for this year’s People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights (PGA). The event will take place in Stockholm, Sweden,
on 9-11 May (Friday-Sunday) – and thus right before the 2014 Global Forum on Migration and Development (#GFMD). A good choice in my opinion, because this way delegates to the GFMD do not have to hop between the 2 events. The planned activities during the PGA will include “plenaries by civil society leaders alongside notable dignitaries and government leaders, strategy meetings of international campaigns, self-organized workshops, cultural events, visits to local communities, public actions, and numerous other side Meetings”.
For a while it seemed unsure, if there would actually be a PGA in 2014. For once, Sweden is not exactly the cheapest place for a grassroots activist gathering. But the tradition will be upheld and the 7th GFMD will be accompanied by the 8th PGA. The Event thus predates the informal GFMD since it was started at the 2006 United Nations High-Level Dialogue on Migration and development (albeit under a slightly different name) – while the state-led, non-binding GFMD started a year later as a direct result of the gridlock at the UN regarding the inclusion of Migration issues in the global organisation.
The PGA is an independent event but is officially recognized by the GFMD since the 2010 gathering in Mexico. It certainly helps that the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), which has been affiliated with the PGA since the beginning, serves as the organizing body of the “official” Civil Society Days (CSD) component of the GFMD.
The Swedish chair has ambitious plans for this years’ GFMD (and had plenty of time to prepare…) The Country has traditionally a liberal view on Immigration and is supportive of NGOs – not the worst conditions for an open exchange with Civil Society… More on this in an upcoming separate post.
Here are some formalities regarding the PGA:
Stadsmissionens folkhögskola (City Mission School), Lövholmsvägen 18, Stockholm
9 May (Friday); 5:00pm (17:00) – 9:00pm (21:00)
– 10 May (Saturday); 9:00am (09:00) – 9:00pm (21:00) (finishes just in time to watch the Eurovision Song Contest that is Held in neighboring Denmark 😉
– 11 May (Sunday); 9:00am (09:00) – 9:00pm (21:00)
The deadline to submit workshop applications is 21 March 2014.
Submissions can be made here: http://www.peoplesglobalaction.org/workshops/