UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing civil society and governments of 150 countries
Sending a signal of the importance of migrants and migration to human development and to the world, the UN Secretary-General will address all government, civil society, international agencies and other guests on the opening ceremony Wednesday 14 May. He will be welcomed by Crown Princess Victoria and the Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of Sweden. On the podium with the UN Secretary-General, Civil society Chair Michele LeVoy, director of the global network PICUM (Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants) will present the key messages and recommendations of the Civil Society Days to the full assembly.
After the opening ceremony, some 500 senior migration and development leaders from 150 countries and all of the civil society delegates will meet together for 5 hours in “Common Space”. The Common Space will focus in break-out sessions on partnerships around decent labour migration and decent employment; empowering migrants and communities for social inclusion; and national and post-2015 development agenda’s.
For the full Common Space agenda, and government programme click here.
Representatives of UN and other international and regional institutions will also participate in the GFMD, including the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Migration, Sir. Peter Sutherland and the Director-Generals of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), William Lacy Swing, and the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder.
Who are the Civil Society Delegates to the GFMD?
Selected by an international steering committee out of 800 applications, the almost 250 civil society delegates come from every region of the world. They represent non-governmental organizations (NGOs) active in human rights and development, migrant and diaspora associations, trade unions and workers organizations, academia and the private sector. Delegates include practitioners and advocates working at all levels: international, regional, national and grass roots. Many represent networks of organizations active on the ground, partnering every day with local and national actors, including city governments, health services, community development agencies and employers.
The provisional list of participants to the 2014 GFMD Civil Society Days can be downloaded here.
Here are some numbers on registered participants:
363 participants in total
242 civil society delegates:
- 29 from Africa, 62 from Americas, 32 from Asia Pacific, 87 from Europe (plus 21 from Sweden), 10 from the Middle East, 1 from Australia
- 127 female, 115 male
- 106 migrants themselves, provisional count 30 more diaspora
- 60 delegates also speakers in the Civil Society Days programme
38 observers from regional and international organizations
34 government representatives of 18 countries
14 special guests
5 media representatives
80 civil society delegates (1/3rd of the total) provided with funding assistance
Separately organized but linked movements: one civil society
The Peoples’ Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights. Often organized over the years in parallel to the Civil Society Days of the Global Forum, the PGA takes place this year on the Friday, Saturday andSunday immediately preceding the Global Forum. A substantial number of PGA participants, including organizers and speakers, are also delegates to the Civil Society Days, linking the two processes and civil society strategies closely. For further information click here.
National civil society organizing ahead of the Forum. As in prior years, civil society organizations around the world organized consultations among themselves and with national governments to prepare ahead of the Global Forum. In Sweden for example, a group of civil society organizations led by Caritas Sweden together with the Swedish Lutheran Church, the Swedish Red Cross, the TCO trade union and Concord-Sweden organized three consultations focused on diaspora entrepreneurship, labour mobility and rights, sustainable development. Notable among participants in these meetings of Swedish civil society were ministers and other senior government officials, representatives of the private sector and trade unions, and youth leaders.
The plenary sessions of the GFMD Civil Society Days will be streamed live through Youtube. The links to the live stream will be announced before the start of the conference on this webpage: GFMD Civil Society Days information
Organizers and donors of the 2014 GFMD Civil Society Days
The civil society activities of the GFMD are being organized by the GFMD Civil Society Coordinating Office, under the auspices of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) in partnership with an international steering committee, and a diversity of NGOs, labour organizations, migrants, and migrant associations, members of the academic community, and the private sector. Principal funding and resources for the 2014 GFMD Civil Society organizing are provided by the governments of Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden, the European Commission, the Bancomer Foundation, and the International Catholic Migration Commission.
ICMC’s Civil Society Coordinating Office
Global Forum on Migration and Development