The dates for two major civil society events have been confirmed which are – quite literally – surrounding this years’ Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Berlin: The 8th International Consultation of the “Churches Witnessing with Migrants” (CWWM8) will be held from 25-27 June 2017. And the Peoples’ Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights (PGA) will take place from 3-4 July 2017. This means one can now spend a full 10 days in Berlin attending migration-related events with the following schedule:
25-27. June: CWWM8
28 June –1 July: GFMD Government days, Civil Society Days, Common Space and Business Mechanism (for more info see here: https://gfmd2010.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/berlin-gfmd-is-taking-shape-agenda-scheduling-application-process/#more-1901 )
3-4 July: PGA
Not enough going on? There will be also the 4th Global Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development from 26-27 June at the Berlin Town Hall which I look very much forward to attend. The theme will be ““Mayors as Humanitarian and Development Actors: Preparing, Welcoming and Integrating.”
Back to the CWWM8, the goal of the event is to “provide a space to reflect on the plight of the people who were forced to migrate as well as their struggle for survival, recognition and stay in Europe.” Also on the agenda are “discussions on the current myths on migration that is prevalent in mainstream media”. Furthermore, the CWWM8 will take on a subject that is absent from this years’ GFMD (but might be on the agenda next year in morocco): migration and climate change. CWWM 8 wants to provide an “occasion to amplify the experiences and lessons of local communities and institutions in Germany and Europe in accepting and providing support to the refugees including those affected by climate induced migration”.
I still have to consult with the organizers on the registration modalities, so I will update this Blogpost accordingly. In any case, a public event is planned for June 27, at 5.30 pm.
Likewise, the program for the PGA has not yet been finalized, so I will update this post accordingly. Expect more information on the program and registration possibilities from May 5 onwards.