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: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08/global-compact-for-safe-orderly-and-regular-migration-the-list-of-NGOs.pdf
> IMPORTANT NOTES:
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 http://webtv.un.org. 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
APPLY BY 15 MAY
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
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
26 July 2017 – New York – Informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearing (full day)
APPLY BY 20 JUNE
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
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
Thank you for your interest in this process.