UNESCO represents the Global Migration Group at Civil Society Days 2011
Civil Society Days 2011 (CSD) is the primary venue for both civil society input to the Global Forum on Migration and Development activities and dialogue between governments and civil society. This two-day event aims to enhance coherence in policy-making and institution-building at the national, regional and international levels, where civil society actors are considered as contributors and partners.
The central theme for this year’s Civil Society programme is “Taking Action on Labour Migration, Development, and the Protection of Migrant Workers and their Families.” Within that theme civil society delegates and observers will be considering problems, practices and partnerships—concretely, for follow-up action—under four subthemes: rights-based policy-making for the benefit of migrant workers and their families, improving protection of migrants moving or working in irregular circumstances, re-imagining labour mobility, and investing in development alternatives to migration.
As Chair of the Global Migration Group (GMG) in the second half of 2011, UNESCO organizes, with the cooperation of other GMG members, a Side Event on Migration and Climate Change on 30 November. During her opening speech, GMG representative Ms Pilar Alvarez-Laso, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO, will present a wide range of UNESCO and GMG joint activities in the field. Focus will be placed on the GMG Joint Statement on the Impact of Climate Change on Migration – the first UN-wide approach to this subject – which was adopted at the GMG Principals’ Meeting on 15 November at UNESCO Headquarters.
This statement is nourishing the work of COP17, the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is taking place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December. The GMG will also present the statement to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development that will be held in Rio, Brazil (Rio+20).
The statement is available in the six official UN languages via the Global Migration Group website: http://www.globalmigrationgroup.org/en/gmg-documents.
The side event will also include presentations by Ms Susan Martin, Associate Professor at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA; and Ms Sandy Thomas, Head of Foresight, UK Government Office for Science.