TOGETHER is a global campaign that aims to change negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants, and to strengthen the social contract between host countries and communities, and refugees and migrants.
The Secretary-General launched the TOGETHER campaign at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September: All 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously welcomed the TOGETHER campaign and committed to implementing it. TOGETHER will run until 2018, when Member States are expected to adopt two Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants.
TOGETHER is a UN System-wide initiative led by the Secretary-General, which will be implemented in partnership with Member States, the private sector and civil society. It aims to speak to communities hosting refugees and migrants and people concerned that refugees and migrants may bring physical and economic insecurity to their lives. TOGETHER will engage and activate global citizens to show support for refugees and migrants.
The campaign will highlight the economic, cultural and social contributions that migrants and refugees make to countries of origin, transit and destination. It will also counter some of the misinformation and misperceptions on refugees and migrants and encourage contact between refugees, migrants and those in the destination countries.
TOGETHER is an umbrella campaign that will:
- Create a coalition of UN agencies, Member States, the private sector and civil society, acting under the same banner, committed to addressing the problem of rising xenophobia.
- Promote global action in support of non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants.
- Create a strong persuasive narrative of solidarity, that will showcase the shared benefits of migration to economies and nations, while also acknowledging legitimate concerns of host communities.
- Build empathy and humanize the debate. It will provide a platform for stories of migrants and refugees who made a name for themselves and of host communities that have benefitted from the inclusion of refugees and migrants. It will tell stories of children on the move.
Stay tuned for more details!