Human rights of all migrants

Thematic session one: Human rights of all migrants, social inclusion, cohesion and all forms of discrimination, including racism, xenophobia and intolerance

Geneva, 8-9 May 2017

Background documents

 

Side events

 

Organization of work

Monday, 8 May 2017
Time Session
10:00 - 10:15

Opening Segment

Welcoming remarks by the co-facilitators

  • H.E. Mr. Juan José Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations
  • H.E. Mr. Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations

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

10:15 - 13:00

Panel 1. Human rights of all migrants

This panel will address issues related to the human rights of all migrants with a focus on practical implementation of international norms, as well as identifying and analysing specific challenges at all stages of migration, including the needs of migrants in vulnerable situations.

  • Ms. Monami Maulik, Advocacy Coordinator, Global Coalition on Migration
  • Mr. Benjamin Lewis, Advocacy Coordinator, International Detention Coalition
  • Ms. Paola Cyment, Project Officer, Comisiόn de Apoyo a Refugiados y Migrantes (CAREF)

Moderator: H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations

13:00 - 15:00  Lunch / Space for side-events
15:00 - 17:50

Panel 2. Social inclusion and cohesion

This panel will explore ways and means to promote social cohesion in destination societies. The panel would focus in particular on the promotion and protection of economic, social, political, and cultural rights, including in respect of health, education, and adequate standard of living.

  • Ms. Sharon Moshavi, Senior Vice President, New Initiatives, International Center for Journalists
  • Ms. Michele Levoy, Director, Platform of International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
  • Ms. Anita Bay Bundegaard, International Advocacy Director and UN Representative, Save the Children

Moderator: H.E. Mr. Evan P. Garcia, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva

17:50 - 18:00 Closing remarks by the co-facilitators

 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017
Time Session
10:00 - 10:05

Welcoming remarks by the co-facilitators

  • H.E. Mr. Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations
  • H.E. Mr. Juan José Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations
10:05 - 13:00

Panel 3. All forms of discrimination, including racism, xenophobia and intolerance

This panel would examine ways to confront discrimination, racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance against migrants, including through national law that protects their rights, ensures equal access to justice, and through public discourse that supports a positive attitude towards migrants.

Moderator: H.E. Mr. Jānis Kārkliņš, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Latvia to the United Nations in Geneva

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch / Space for side-events
15:00 - 17:30

Summary Panel: Synopsis of the main conclusions and outcomes

  • Moderators present the key recommendations resulting from their panels 
  • Mr. Francois Crepeau, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, thematic expert for this first informal thematic session, provides a short overview of the main discussions
  • Interactive exchange between the moderators, the thematic expert and Member States on the outcomes of the session
17:30 - 17:50 Co-facilitators will draw the main conclusions on the interlinkages and the overacrhing theme of the session.
17:50 - 18:00 Closing remarks by the Co-facilitators

 

Statements from the floor

Member States

Bangladesh Estonia (panel 3) Nepal (panel 3)
Belarus (panel 1) Ethiopia Netherlands (panel 3)
Bulgaria (panel 1) Finland Netherlands (panel 4)
Bulgaria (panel 2) Ghana Philippines (panel 2)
Canada (panel 1) Haiti (panel 4) Republic of Korea - Position Paper
Canada (panel 2) Holy See (panel 1) Republic of Korea
Canada (panel 3) Holy See (panel 3) Spain (panel 3)
Canada (panel 4) Honduras (panel 1) Sri Lanka (panel 2)
Colombia Honduras (panel 3) Switzerland (panel 1)
Cuba Italy Switzerland (panel 2)
Dominican Republic Malta (panel 3) Switzerland (panel 3)
Ecuador (panel 3) Morocco (panel 1) United Arab Emirates (panel 2)
Ecuador (panel 4) Nepal (panel 1) United Kingdom (panel 3)
Eritrea (panel 1) Nepal (panel 2) United Kingdom (panel 4)

 

Stakeholders

Act Alliance ILO (panel 2) Quaker
Alianza por la Solidaridad intervention IMADR (panel 3) Sovereign Military Hospital Order Malta
AMI International federation of the Red Cross (panel 2) UNHCR (panel 1)
Association for the Prevention of torture International IDEA (not delivered)  UNHCR (panel 3)
Colombo IOM UNICEF
Global Coalition on Migration OHCHR UNWOMEN (panel 3)
ICJ Refugee Migrant Principles Public Services International (panel 2) WHO
ICRC