11 October Multi-stakeholder hearing

Informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearing (full day)

Room XIX, UN Office in Geneva, 11 October, 2017 

Background documents

Organization of work

Morning Meeting
Time Session
10:00 

Opening of the Informal Interactive Multi-stakeholder Hearing

Opening remarks by the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák

Remarks by Ms. Louise Arbour, Secretary-General of the intergovernmental conference on international migration

10.15 - 11:35 

Panel 1: Smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons and contemporary forms of slavery

Smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons and contemporary forms of slavery, including appropriate identification, protection and assistance to migrants and trafficking victims.

Suggested topics to be addressed:

  • What are the challenges and opportunities of a framework seeking to both combat the smuggling of migrants and protect the rights of smuggled migrants?
  • How can national and cross-border coordination and cooperation be strengthened, including between State and non-State actors, to combat trafficking in persons and target the criminal networks involved,
  • What could be some initiatives to address exploitative labour practices within supply chains, or consumer-based action against products or services resulting from trafficked labour?

Panellists:

  • Ms. Claire Falconer, Legal Director, Focus on Labour Exploitation
  • Ms. Kate Sheill, International Advocacy Officer, Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women
  • Ms. Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Moderator: Mr. Ilias Chatzis, Chief of Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section of United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime

Interactive discussion with interventions from the floor

11.40 - 13.00

Panel 2: Irregular migration and regular pathways, including decent work, labour mobility and recognition of skills and qualifications

Irregular migration and regular pathways, including decent work, labour mobility and recognition of skills and qualifications and other relevant measures

Suggested topics to be addressed:

  • How can migration policies address both the needs of the existing migrants in an irregular situation as well as deter the flow of future irregular migrants?
  • What is the role of the informal economy in driving irregular migration and how can this be addressed?
  • How can we ensure that labour migration policies ensure a greater mobility of labour at all skill levels and what about the possible trade-off between number of immigrants admitted and rights accorded to them or “does equality mean less immigration?”

Panellists:

  • Mr. Jeroen Beirnaert, Human and Trade Union Rights Coordinator, International Trade Union Confederation
  • Mr. John Bingham, Head of Policy, International Catholic Migration Commission
  • Mr. Jochem de Boer, Global Public Affairs Manager, World Employment Confederation

Moderator: Ms. Michelle Leighton, Chief of the Labour Migration Branch of the International Labour Organization

Interactive discussion with interventions from the floor

Afternoon Meeting
Time Session
15.00

Opening of the afternoon meeting by Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Director General of International Organization for Migration

15.10 - 17.50

Panel 3: Regional perspectives on migration

The afternoon session of the hearing will bring forth regional perspectives and expertise on migration, including data, analysis and best practices that could inform the preparation of the global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration. It also provides an opportunity to share and discuss conclusions from regional and national consultations.

15.10 - 16.00 North, South and Central America

Panellists:

  • Ms. Shannon Lederer, Director of Immigration Policy, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • Ms. Lizeth Lema, Regional Advocacy Coordinator, Asylum Access Latin America
16.05 - 16.55 Africa and Europe

Panellists:

  • Ms. Milka Isinta, Pan-African Network in Defence of Migrant Rights
  • Ms. Michele LeVoy, Director, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants
  • Mr. John Murray, Marine Director, International Chamber of Shipping
17.00 - 17.50 Asia and Middle East

Panellists:

  • Mr. Rafeek Azeez, Executive Director, Migrant Forum in Asia
  • Ms. Roula Hamati, Head of Research and Advocacy, Insan Association
  • Mr. Murtaza Khan, Partner, Fragomen LLC
 

Moderator: Mr. Colin Rajah, Civil Society Liaison on the Global Compact on Migration of the International Organization for Migration

Interactive discussion with interventions from the floor

17.50 - 18.00

Closing of the Informal Interactive Multi-stakeholder Hearing

Concluding remarks by H.E. Mr. Jürg Lauber, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, and H.E. Mr. Juan José Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations, co-facilitators of the intergovernmental consultations and negotiations of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration

Closing of the informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearing by the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák