International cooperation

International cooperation and governance of migration in all its dimensions, including at borders, on transit, entry, return, readmission, integration and reintegration

Geneva, 19-20 June 2017

Background documents

 

Side events

 

Organization of work

Monday, 19 May 2017
Time Session
10:00 - 10:15

Opening segment

Welcoming remarks by the co-facilitators
Remarks by the Secretary-General of the intergovernmental conference

  • 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
  • Ms. Louise Arbour, Secretary-General of the intergovernmental conference 
10:15 - 13:00

PANEL 1: International cooperation and governance of migration in all its dimensions

 To implement the migration-related commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, Member States have committed to contribute to global governance and enhanced cooperation on international migration. This panel will explore practical means of enhancing international cooperation and governance of migration by analysing the different institutional mechanisms that exist or could be envisaged in the future at multiple levels. Panelists will present an overview of the evolution of cooperation on international migration, identify practical and policy gaps where migration governance can enhance capacities of Member States through specific forms of international cooperation, and explore potential solutions.Dr. Mariama Awumbila, Head of the Centre for Migration Studies and Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana

  • Gregory Maniatis, Columbia University, MPI, Soros, former senior advisor to SRSG Sutherland
  • Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Chairperson of the Board, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and President of the Swedish Red Cross

Moderated by H.E. Mr. Ola Henrikson, Director General, Ministry of Justice of Sweden

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

PANEL 2: International cooperation and governance of migration in transit, on entry and at borders

This panel will identify frameworks, policies, programmes and practices that best respond to national migration priorities as they relate to transit migration, entry of migrants, and border management. Panelists will discuss whole-of-government approaches, and the coordination mechanisms and resources needed to put in place effective migration governance policies and the implications these have within and among countries. The panelists will further explore ways to ensure effective consultations with relevant stakeholders, including migrants, and present best practices as they relate to questions of transit, entry and borders, among other issues.

  • Mr. Guilhem Ravier, Head of the Protection of the Civilian Population Unit, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Ms. Raquel Ayora, Director of Operations, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Barcelona
  • Ms.Marla Conrad, Advocacy Coordinator, Kino Border Initiative, México

Moderated by H.E. Ambassador Mehmet Samsar, Director-General for Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey

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

 

Tuesday, 20 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: International cooperation and governance of miration on return, readmission, integration and reintegration

This panel will examine existing bilateral, regional and sub-regional cooperation mechanisms, including Regional Consultative Processes and inter-regional fora on migration, as a means for States to share best practices and seek solutions to common migration challenges, including return, readmission, integration and reintegration. The panel will also identify gaps in areas which could benefit from strengthened bilateral, sub-regional, regional and global cooperation, and explore potential solutions. Furthermore, it will look at the roles of various levels of government as they relate to these stages of the migratory process.

Moderated by Dr. Omar Abdulrahman Salem Alnuaimi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Communication and International Relations, Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation the United Arab Emirates

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

SUMMARY PANEL: Synopsis of the main conclusions and outcomes

  • Moderators present the key recommendations resulting from their panels
  • Dr. Khalid Koser, Co-chair, World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Migration, thematic expert for this third informal thematic session provides a short overview of the main discussions and the interlinkages between the panels
  • Interactive exchange between the moderators, the thematic expert and Member States on the outcomes of the session
17:50 - 18:00 Closing remarks by the Co-facilitators

 

Statements from the floor

Member States

Algeria (panel 1) Chile (panel 1) Montenegro (panel 3)
Bangladesh (panel 1) Chile (panel 4) Nepal (panel 1)
Bangladesh (panel 2) El Salvador (panel 1) Nepal (panel 3)
Bangladesh (panel 3) Finland (panel 1) Italy (panel 2)
Bangladesh (panel 4) France (panel 3) Republic of Korea
Belarus (panel 1) Holy See (panel 1) Republic of Korea (panel 1-3)
Brazil (panel 1) Indonesia (panel 1) Slovak Republic (panel 1)
Brazil (panel 2) Israel (panel 3) Slovenia (panel 3)
Brazil (panel 3) Latvia (panel 3) Sri Lanka (panel 1)
Canada (panel 3) Malta (panel 2) Sri Lanka (panel 3)
Canada (panel 4) Malta (panel 3) UAE (panel 3)

Stakeholders

ACT Alliance and Caritas Internationalis (panel 3) Maastricht University (panel 3) Save the Children (panel 4)
Alianza por la Solidaridad Mercy International Association and the Congregation
of Our Lady or Charity of the Good Shepherd
Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants (panel 3)
Association for the Prevention of Torture Migrant Forum in Asia Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants (panel 4)
Association Miraisme International (panel 3) National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (panel 2) Solidarity Center
Cross Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants (panel 1) NCCR University of Bern UNHCR (panel 2)
Global Coalition on Migration New Castle University Women in Migration Network
Humans on the move PSI (panel 3) Women in Migration Network
International Detention Coalition OHCHR (panel 2)  
IOM (panel 1) OHCHR (panel 3)  

Other inputs

Germany
IFRC
Save the Children