Apply: Global Compact on Migration - May to December Thematic Sessions & Multi-stakeholder Hearings in NY, Geneva and Vienna

Stakeholders: Apply to attend the Thematic Sessions and informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings of the UN General Assembly preparatory process for a global compact for migration

May - December 2017 in New York, Geneva, and Vienna

For NGOs, civil society, diaspora and migrant organizations, academic institutions, and private sector entities

In accordance with United Nations General Assembly resolution 71/1, the "New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants," a preparatory process is underway for the intergovernmental negotiations of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, to be adopted at an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018. As part of this preparatory process, the President of the General Assembly is organizing a series of informal thematic sessions between April 2017 and November 2017, as well as four days of informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings between April 2017 and June 2018, in accordance with the organizational arrangements adopted by the UN General Assembly. An informational note about the preparatory process is available here.

At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN/NGLS), the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA), UN University and the UN Global Compact, with support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), are facilitating the stakeholder participation in the multi-stakeholder hearings and Thematic Sessions.

I. Apply to attend the Thematic Sessions and Multi-stakeholder Hearings
Individual representatives of: 1) relevant organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC, 2) NGOs, civil society, diaspora and migrant organizations, academic institutions and private sector entities approved for special accreditation* to this process, may apply to attend any of the 5 remaining Thematic Sessions and/or the 3 informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings taking place in 2017 using the form at this link:

Deadlines are listed below.

* A process for such organizations / institutions / entities to apply for special accreditation to this process was open from 14 March - 17 April 2017.

II. Apply to serve on the Stakeholder Steering Committee by 9 May 2017

Representatives of the multiple stakeholder organizations listed above may also apply to serve on a Stakeholder Steering Committee for the full preparatory process. More information, Terms of Reference, and the application form for the Steering Committee is available here.

III. Schedule of Thematic Sessions and Multi-stakeholder Hearings: 

22-23 May 2017 - New York - Addressing drivers of migration, including adverse effects of climate change, natural disasters and human-made crises, through protection and assistance, sustainable development, poverty eradication, conflict prevention and resolution

APPLY BY 15 MAY 2017

19-20 June 2017 - Geneva - International cooperation and governance of migration in all its dimensions, including at borders, on transit, entry, return, readmission, integration and reintegration

APPLY BY 30 MAY 2017

24-25 July 2017 - New York - Contributions of migrants and diasporas to all dimensions of sustainable development, including remittances and portability of earned benefits


26 July 2017 - New York - Informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearing (full day) 


4-5 September 2017 - Vienna - Smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons and contemporary forms of slavery, including appropriate identification, protection and assistance to migrants and trafficking victims


2-3 October 2017 - Geneva - Irregular migration and regular pathways, including decent work, labour mobility, recognition of skills and qualifications and other relevant measures


4 October 2017 - Geneva (TBC) - Informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearing (full day)


18 December 2017 - New York - Informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearing (half day)


Thank you for your interest in this process.

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