This subcommittee was formed on 8 September 2016. Its focus has been to monitor and advocate for a just, rights-based implementation of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. One of the primary tasks has been to participate in the preparatory processes for the 2018 negotiations of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. UN Member States committed to the development of both of this compact as well as a Global Compact on Refugees in their adoption of the New York Declaration on 19 September 2016.
On behalf of the CoM, the Subcommittee, in consultation with the CoM Executive Committee, has prepared statements in response to the invitation by the UN SRSG for International Migration, Ms Louise Arbour, for civil society input into the each of the thematic consultations being held in 2017 in preparation for the adoption of the Global Compact on Migration in 2018. Each statement was written in response to an Issue Brief written by the SRSG prior to each thematic session. Each statement was then circulated to all UN Permanent Missions, to the SRSG, to numerous high-level UN officials through the office of the SRSG, and to the CoM’s civil society partners worldwide.
Links to each Issue Brief and CoM Response are below.
First Thematic Session: Human rights of all migrants, social inclusion, cohesion, and all forms of discrimination, including racism, xenophobia, and intolerance
8-9 May 2017, Geneva
Second Thematic Session: Drivers of migration, including poverty, climate change, and man-made crises
22-23 May 2017, New York
Third Thematic Session: International cooperation and governance of migration in all its dimensions, including at borders, on transit, entry, return, readmission, integration, and reintegration
19-20 June 2017, Geneva
Fourth Thematic Session: Contribution of migrants and diaspora to all dimensions of sustainable development, including remittances and portability of earned benefits
24-25 July 2017, New York
SRSG’s Issue Brief #4
Fifth Thematic Session: Smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons and contemporary forms of slavery, including appropriate identification, protection and assistance to migrants and trafficking victims
4-5 September 2017, Vienna
Issue Brief #5
Sixth Thematic Session: Migration and regular pathways, including decent work, labor mobility, recognition of skills and qualifications and other relevant measures
12-13 October 2017, Geneva
Issue Brief #6