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:
Please see section III below for the schedule of the Thematic Sessions and Multi-stakeholder Hearings, along with application deadlines.
* 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
APPLY BY 20 JUNE 2017
26 July 2017 - New York - Informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearing (full day)
APPLY BY 20 JUNE 2017
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
JULY DEADLINE TBD
2-3 October 2017 - Geneva - Irregular migration and regular pathways, including decent work, labour mobility, recognition of skills and qualifications and other relevant measures
AUGUST DEADLINE TBD
4 October 2017 - Geneva (TBC) - Informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearing (full day)
AUGUST DEADLINE TBD
18 December 2017 - New York - Informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearing (half day)
OCTOBER DEADLINE TBD
IV. Stakeholders could apply to attend the 8-9 May 2017 Thematic Session on "Human rights of all migrants" taking place at the UN Office at Geneva through 2 May 2017
Individual representatives of relevant NGOs, civil society organizations, diaspora organizations, migrant organizations, academic institutions, private sector entities that: 1) are in consultative status with ECOSOC, or 2) applied for special accreditation*, as well as National Human Rights Institutions, could apply to attend the first Thematic Session of the preparatory process through 2 May 2017.
*Confirmation of attendance for representatives of organizations / institutions / entities had to await UN Member States review of the list of organizations applying for special accreditation on a non-objection basis, which was completed on 4 May 2017.
V. A special accreditation application process was open 14 March - 17 April for organizations / institutions / entities NOT in consultative status with ECOSOC
More information about this process, including the list of organizations approved by UN Member States, is available here.
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