Third multi-stakeholder hearing in New York - “We need to focus on a whole-of-society approach”
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On 18 December 2017, International Migrants’ Day, a third multi-stakeholder hearing took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The hearing comes as part of the preparatory process leading to the intergovernmental conference for the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration in December 2018. Civil society, academia and Member States gathered to discuss in depth the local and national perspectives on the “whole-of-society approach” to migration.
The President of the General Assembly H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák opened the hearing defining and underlining the importance of a whole-of-society approach: “A whole-of-society approach means that this global compact must be adaptable to every country of the world. For this to happen, we have to understand the different contexts and circumstances in each country. [...] We are here to make sure that our outcome can have an impact on all of society – not just part of it. And we are here to make sure that we listen to as many voices and ideas as possible on how we can make this happen.”
The Special Representative on International Migration Ms. Louise Arbour added that: “the compact will require the expertise and participation of non-governmental organizations, civil society, academic institutions, parliaments, diaspora communities, the private sector, national human rights institutions, migrant organizations and migrants themselves. [...] Civil society is best placed to target gaps and shortcomings in Member States discussions and frame issues where real progress can be made. Civil society are uniquely positioned to attest that migration has an overwhelmingly positive social, economic and cultural impact on countries of origin and destination and presents an empowering experience for millions of migrants.”