Stakeholders: Apply to attend the Thematic Sessions and informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings of the UN General Assembly Preparatory Process for the 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 the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), are facilitating the participation of the multiple stakeholders in the informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings and the six informal thematic sessions.
I. Apply to attend the Thematic Sessions and informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings of the preparatory process

Individual representatives of: 1) relevant organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC, 2) organizations / institutions / 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 below.

The registration application form below is for NGOs, civil society organizations, diaspora organizations, migrant organizations, academic institutions, and private sector entities. National Human Rights Institutions should contact the Office of the High Commissoner for Human Rights.

* A process for such organizations / institutions / entities to apply for special accreditation to this process was open from 14 March - 17 April 2017. The list of those approved is available here:


1) Please set up a Save and Return account at the top of the form (see the blue bar below) so you can save your progress, edit the application you submit in the future, and change an applicant for a session if needed. All changes must be made before the session's application deadline (list below) to be considered for that session – no exceptions.

2) Capacity of meeting rooms at the UN, in particular in New York, is very limited. Meetings will be webcast at When possible, the UN will seek to arrange overflow room inside the UN premises.

3) In consideration of #2 above, organizations / entities may only submit applications for up to 2 representatives per Thematic Session or multi-stakeholder hearing, and will be asked to indicate their one priority representative for each session in the form below. If more than 2 representatives are entered per session, only the first two entered will be considered for that session. If you specify more than one priority representative for a session, the first one entered will be considered your priority.

Applications received via the form below can be viewed here:
Responses to form questions with # at the beginning will not be displayed publicly.

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 informal interactive multi-stakeholder dialogues

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

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

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 & assistance to migrants & 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.

Save & Return

PLEASE CREATE AN ACCOUNT FOR THIS FORM. This will enable you to save your progress, or edit any information later that you have submitted. Please create an account before starting the form.

I. Organization / Entity Accreditation Info

Is your organization / institution / entity in consultative status with UN ECOSOC? (Please follow instructions below to verify) *
To verify your organization's / institution's / entity's ECOSOC status:
  1. Visit
  2. Type your organization's name into the search field in the top right corner of the site.
  3. Hit the "Go" button or return key on your keyboard to see if your organization is listed AND shows "General," “Special,” or "Roster" in the column “Accreditation(s)/Affiliation(s)” - all three qualify as consultative status with ECOSOC.
  4. **If this search shows that your organization has a profile in, but it does NOT show “General,” “Special,” or “Roster,” your organization is NOT in consultative status with UN ECOSOC. It is not sufficient to have a profile in - it must specify a consultative status.**
To obtain the link to your CSOnet web page showing your ECOSOC status:
(1) Follow the instructions above for verifying your status
(2) After reaching the profile page for your organization, copy the link from the address bar at top of the browser tab.

(3) Paste that link in the cell above.
Was your organization / entity approved by the UN General Assembly for special accreditation to the preparatory process for a global compact on migration? Please check this list of approved organizations to verify: *
NGOs, civil society, diaspora, and migrant organizations, academic institutions and private sector entities: If your organization / entity is not in consultative status with ECOSOC, and was not approved by UN Member States for special accreditation to this preparatory process, unfortunately you cannot attend the Thematic Sessions or the informal interactive multistakeholder hearings. This decision was made by UN Member States in the modalities for the preparatory process agreed by the UN General Assembly. A process to apply for special accreditation was open through 17 April 2017. All submissions received through this form will be checked against the lists of organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC and those approved for special accreditation to this process. Only applications from organizations on one of these two lists will be considered. *