On Sunday 17 July, civil society, led by the self-organized civil society Action Committee held a civil society preparatory meeting attended by about 100 representatives of civil society organizations, in the morning plenary joined by Ambassador Donoghue of the Permanent Mission of Ireland, and representatives from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The participants represented every region of the world, with expertise on a host of issues relating to refugees, migrants, human rights and development.
The civil society starting point document A new deal for refugees, migrants and societies, formed the basis of the discussion. The meeting provided an informal space for civil society to meet and strategize together on priority messages to bring into the 18 July interactive hearing, as well as towards the governmental outcome document negotiations. The meeting also looked at civil society organizing towards the Summit and beyond to ensure follow-up, implementation and accountability of governments.
See the program with details of the themes here. A summary report of the meeting will also be shared soon.