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08.11.2010 - UNESCO Social and Human Sciences

UNESCO attends key international forum on migration and development in Mexico

UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, Pilar Alvarez Laso, will represent UNESCO at the 4th Global Forum on Migration and Development, organised by the government of Mexico. The Forum is a key international meeting held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, from 8 to 11 November 2010.

States will focus on “Partnerships for migration and human development: shared prosperity – shared responsibility.” Among a range of issues to be discussed at the Forum – which involves two days of NGO discussions followed by two days of inter-state discussions – will be migration and development, human rights of all migrants, and irregular migration.

Both the Global Forum (an annual intergovernmental forum with the participation of some 150 countries) and the Global Migration Group (an inter-agency body) were established in 2006, as part of a global effort to deal more effectively with the complex and wide-ranging issues relating to migration. The GMG consists of 14 UN agencies, plus the International Organization for Migration and the World Bank, and its purpose is to promote greater coherence in the international response to migration as well as the wider application of all relevant legal instruments.

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and current Chair of the 16-agency* Global Migration Group, representing the UN Secretary-General, will open a civil society event on 8 November to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. On 9 November, she will deliver the UN Secretary-General’s key message to the Global Forum in a ceremony with President of Mexico Felipe Calderón.

The High Commissioner will deliver a keynote speech as Chair of the GMG at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday 10 November, followed by a press conference with senior officials of the GMG agencies such as UNESCO Assistant Director-General Pilar Alvarez Laso and World Bank Vice President Otaviano Canuto at 10:00 a.m, at the press conference room in the International Convention Centre.

UNESCO's programme on International Migration promotes the respect for human rights of migrants, and contributes to peaceful integration of migrants in society. UNESCO advocates ratification of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers by all states. It also disseminates information about the convention and other legal instruments concerning migrants.

Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, will be the Chair of the Global Migration Group (GMG) from July to December 2011.

The GMG joint statement is available in English and in Spanish.

* The 16 Members of the Global Migration Group are:  International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) (part of UN Women), UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), UN Regional Commissions (ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA), World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO).

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