21 February Multi-stakeholder hearing

Informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearing (full day)
Trusteeship Chamber, UN Headquarters, New York, 21 February 2018.

Registration for the hearing is now open until February 7, 2018. Please register by filling out a form here

Please note that all registered participants of the multi-stakeholder hearing can also attend the negotiations on 20, 22 and 23 February 2018 (passes will be extended to these dates).

Background documents

Organization of work

Morning Meeting
Time Session
10:00 - 10:20

Opening of the 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 to adopt the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration

10.20 - 11:45 

Panel 1: From fiction to fact: the case for quality data

The panel will focus on the importance of quality and disaggregated data. This includes looking at the common misperceptions around migration including the use of facts and how migration is being portrayed.

Guiding questions:

  • What is the role of data in the migration debate? What can stakeholders do to improve the availability of data on migration?
  • How to address data collection in the Global Compact?

Panellists and moderator (tbc)

11.45 - 13.00

Panel 2: The challenge of inaccurate narratives about migration

The panel will focus on the role of media and the need to work in partnership to encourage an evidence-based debate about migration. The discussion will consider practical ways the media can contribute to shaping the debate around migration. Discussion will include ideas on how stakeholders can cooperate to avoid misinformation.

Guiding questions:

  • What is the role of media in shaping public narratives around migration?
  • What can stakeholders do to avoid the circulation of misinformation?

Panellists and moderator (tbc)

13:00 - 15:00

Lunch break

15:00 - 16:15

Panel III: Combatting xenophobia and stereotypes with evidence-based narratives

The panel will focus on the role of public officials and civil society in combatting racism, xenophobia and stereotypes. It will discuss the need for evidence-based narratives around migration and the importance of ensuring that migrants’ voices are included in policymaking.

Guiding questions:

  • What are some of the best practices to combat racism and xenophobia against migrants?
  • How can better data support this goal?

Panellists and moderator (tbc)

16:15 - 17:45

Follow-up and review of the Global Compact

This session will provide an opportunity to discuss ideas for the follow-up and implementation of the Global Compact

Panellists and moderator (tbc)

17:45 - 18:00

Closing of the the multi-stakeholder hearing

Remarks by co-facilitators (tbc)

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