Isssue 2:  8 June 2016

  1. Reminder to complete High-Level Meeting civil society survey: What action do you want the UN and governments to take? – **Extended deadline 14 June**
  2. High-Level Meeting state Co-facilitators issue “non-paper” on possible elements for the outcome document
  3. 1st meeting of High-level Meeting civil society Action Committee held
  4. UN selects civil society organizations for Steering Committee
  5. Reminder to apply to participate and speak at the 18 July informal interactive hearing and/or the 19 September Meeting – Deadline 11 June
  6. Key dates and deadlines

 

  1. Reminder to complete High-Level Meeting civil society survey: What action do you want the UN and governments to take? – extended deadline 14 June

As one step towards mapping top priorities and common key messages of civil society organisations around the world towards the 19 September Meeting, we invite you to complete this survey by 14 June. Specifically, what key actions and implementation mechanisms do you want governments and the UN to include in the outcome? We will share the results of the survey with you soon.

  1. High-Level Meeting state Co-facilitators issue “non-paper” on possible elements for the outcome document

On 31 May the Permanent Representatives of Ireland and Jordan to the United Nations, Co-facilitators of the High-Level Meeting, issued a “non-paper” listing possible elements to be included in the 19 September outcome document.

The paper suggests that the Global Compact on responsibility sharing for refugees (“Pillar 2” that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon proposed in his report for the High-Level Meeting) be agreed as part of the negotiations on the outcome document, with the completed Compact attached as an annex. For the Global Compact for safe regular and orderly migration (“Pillar 3”), “views are invited on the proposal made by the Secretary General”, which includes holding an inter-governmental conference on international migration in 2018 to adopt this Global Compact.

The modalities resolution for the 19 September High-Level Meeting has not yet been adopted, but UN member states have agreed to begin discussing the outcome document, already meeting informally on 2 June to discuss the non-paper. Member states are expected to meet in New York once a week this month to work on a “zero draft” of the outcome document, tentatively scheduled to be completed by 30 June. After that, they are expecting to meet more formally and frequently to negotiate the final outcome, which the Co-facilitators want to finalize by the end of July. More updates will follow on civil society’s participation in this process. Read the full non-paper here.

  1. 1st meeting of the self-organized High-level Meeting civil society Action Committee held

The first meeting of the High-level Meeting civil society Action Committee (AC) was held on 3 June, convened by ICMC, ICVA and the NGO Committee on Migration-New York, with participation from a wide range of civil society organisations working on migration and refugee issues. See the full member list here. Unlike the Steering Committee, which the UN itself is organizing (see next item) to prepare civil society’s participation in the Hearings in July and High-level Meeting in September, the principal purpose of the self-organized Action Committee is to help mobilize civil society worldwide on key messages and collective advocacy towards UN member states in their negotiation and follow-up to the High-Level Meeting outcome.

During the meeting, it was agreed that the Action Committee will provide a platform to coordinate, and where possible collectively organize key civil society messages to go into: (1) the outcome document; (2) commitments by governments; and (3) implementation mechanisms, in four thematic areas of messages and advocacy:

  • An Action Plan to uphold “the dignity and safety in large movements of both refugees and migrants”
  • A “Global Compact for Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees”
  • A “Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration”
  • An Action plan for social inclusion and against xenophobia and discrimination

Other civil society organisations are invited to participate through open calls, meetings and consultations, such as this survey, and engagement in working groups.

  1. UN selects civil society organizations for Steering Committee

A Steering Committee has been created by the UN to prepare civil society’s participation in the Hearings in July and High-level Meeting in September (see next item). 155 applications were received by the UN, and on Friday 3 June the selected organizations were notified. The first meeting of the Steering Committee will be held on Thursday 9 June. Read the Terms of Reference for the Steering Committee here

  1. Reminder to register/apply to participate and speak at the 18 July informal interactive hearing and/or the 19 September Meeting

 

The UN has opened an application process for civil society organisations who wish to attend or speak at either or both the 18th July Interactive Hearings and the 19th September high-level meeting.

Click here for further information and to go to the UN civil society application form

These are the application/registration deadlines:

11 June: Apply for the 18 July informal hearings

31 July: Apply for the 19 September high-level meeting

As far as we know, there has been no limit set to the number of representatives who can apply and participate in both events. We do understand from the UN that every representative of your organization who may want to participate needs to submit an individual application form, in view of security regulations.

 

  1. Key dates and deadlines

 

June

11 Deadline for CS to register to attend/speak at the 18 July informal hearing

14 Deadline to complete civil society survey in preparation for High-Level Meeting Outcome Document

15   Official launch of MICIC guidelines, IOM in New York

14-17 NGO Annual Consultation, UNHCR in Geneva

20 GMG organized expert prep series: strengthening responsibility-sharing for refugees, UNHCR in New York

21-23 66th Meeting of the UNHCR Standing Committee, UNHCR in Geneva

29 Berlin Summer Dialogue on Displacement and Forced Migration

30 Humanitarian NGO consultations, IOM in Geneva

 

July

6 Conference “Rethinking the Global Refugee Protection System”, Centre for Migration Studies in New York

11-20 ECOSOC High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York

17 Civil Society self-organized preparatory meeting for the High Level Meeting in New York

18 2nd Meeting of the GFMD Business Mechanism in New York

18 Informal multi-stakeholder interactive hearing in preparation for the High-Level Meeting on 19 September

19 Third GFMD 2016 Thematic Workshop on Migration for Peace, Stability and Growth in New York

31 Deadline for CS to register to attend/speak at the 19 September High-Level Meeting

 

September

19 High Level Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants

19 United Nations Prive Sector Forum 2016

20 US hosted Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis (Obama Summit)

 

With solidarity and shared ambition,

Ms. Wies MAAS in New York (maas@icmc.net) and

Ms. Emer GROARKE in Brussels (groarke@icmc.net)

Ms. Melissa PITOTTI in Geneva

Ms. Eva SANDIS in New York