Impressions of #GFMD_CSD Day 1: Global Compact? You know nothing, Jon Snow!


CSD Brandenburg 1I will post brief first impressions after each GFMD Civil Society day – here comes Day 1: After a very fitting opening at the Brandenburg Gate on the evening before (Day 0, so to speak, see picture), the GFMD Civil Society Days went to work quickly on Thursday. Some disappointment was voiced over the opening ceremony speeches; without being unfair to the German representatives, but do we really need to be told again how many migrants are there worldwide and how high the amount of remittances is in relation to development aid? The Davos style panel debates that followed provided Continue reading

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#GFMD10 Civil Society Day opening – livestream online now / GFMD app #GFMD_CSD


CSD openingThe GFMD 2017 Civil Society Days have just been opened in Berlin by the Chair Wies Maas (pictured) and Co-Chair Berenice Valdez Rivera. As in previous years, some of the sessions will be streamed live, you can find the video here: http://www.madenetwork.org/gfmd There is also an app for that – well almost, since the GFMD app I downloaded from the Apple store seems to focus mostly on the government days, at least I could find no link to the civil society stream. Still a promising idea and you get reminders when and where the next government dinner will take place 😉.

As in previous years I will try to cover the upcoming events here, but for immediate feedback please also check my Twitter account @srother.

 

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#GFMD10 in Berlin has started – Deutsche Reports und Ressourcen


Aktuell59_Grenzenlose_Verantwortung-1Aus Anlass des heute in Berlin begonnenen zehnten Global Forums on Migration and Development, hier die Links zu einigen deutschen Hintergrundpapieren, Interviews und Themenportalen:

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From Dawn Till Dusk: Two migrant civil society events at the Brandenburg Gate #GFMD


IAMR 7 speak outWhile the GFMD government meeting will start tomorrow, migrant organisations will gather for two events at the Brandenburg gate – one of them taking place in the morning of Wednesday 28 June, a second one in the evening. The first one is organized by the International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA) and Migrante Europe, the second one a “Prelude” to the GFMD Civil Society Days. This is the planned program: Continue reading

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Registration for Peoples’ Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights #PGA ends today


PGA 2017 logo BerlinThings have changed… Not only will the Peoples’ Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights (PGA) for the first time take place after the GFMD – unlike previous meetings, there will also be no (guaranteed) opportunity for on-site registration. Today thus marks the final deadline for online registration for the event that will be held under the theme of “Power, People, Community: Building A Migrants Rights Movement” from 3-4 July at the conference facilities of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin. You can register here: Continue reading

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Today is International #DomesticWorkersDay – reports and demands from migrant domestic workers #IDWD2017


Domestic Worker Day 2017 bannerOn June 16 2011, the ILO adopted Convention 189 on decent work for domestic workers and its accompanying Recommendation 201. By now 24 countries have ratified the convention – 2 up from last year – , and a total of 70 countries have taken measures to adopt or reform law and policy. Still according to the ILO, 60 out of the estimated 67.1 million domestic workers do not enjoy effective social protections. Around 11.5 million are migrants and migrants’ rights organizations are particularly active in advocacy and celebrations on International Domestic Workers Day: Continue reading

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#PGA and #CWWM: More dates confirmed for civil society events surrounding Berlin #GFMD


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: Continue reading

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