Migrants Rights International

Friday, July 07, 2006

Civil Society Hearings on Migration: Orientation Hearings

Civil Society Hearings on Migration
Orientation Meeting, 11 July 2006

The meeting will take place at the Church Center, located at the corner of 44th Street and
1st Avenue, New York, on the second floor and in other rooms, to be requested. No special
building pass is required to enter the building.

The meeting will serve as a preparatory event for NGOs/CSOs/the private sector, prior to
their interactive dialogue with UN Member States at the hearings on 12 July. It will
allow speakers, spokespersons and attendees to be briefed on the background, logistics
and organizational aspects of the hearings, on their respective roles, and on strategies to
enhance their participation. The objective is to ensure that the Hearings become an
important entry point for NGOs/CSOs/the private sector, into the High Level Dialogue on
International Migration and Development, to be held at UN Headquarters on 14-15 September 2006.

The meeting will also provide an opportunity for civil society representatives to network
among themselves and with various UN agencies and programmes as well as other
international organizations involved in international migration issues. Speakers and
spokespersons will interact in thematic and regional breakout sessions with other civil
society actors, thereby working towards effective and coordinated messages for
presentation at the Hearings on 12 July and an informal working lunch with several UN
agencies, the IOM and the World Bank will take place from 12.30 to 2.30.

9:30- 10:15 Orientation
Welcoming remarks and general introduction
Vice President of the General Assembly (TBA)
General landscape of migration - background of Secretary General’s Report.
Mr. Gregory Maniatis, DESA (TBA)
Presentation of the Secretary General’s Report
Ms. Hania Zlotnik, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population

10:15-11:00 Objectives and Logistics: Background and expectations for the day
Ms. Gemma Adaba - Task Force Member
Ms. Elisa Peter – United Nations Non Governmental Liaison Service
Ms. Shamina de Gonzaga – Office of the President of the General Assembly

11:15-12:30 p.m. Thematic Breakout Sessions
The sessions will feature small group discussion focused on the themes of the four panels
of the hearings. These are as follows:
Session 1. Promoting a comprehensive rights-based approach to international migration,
and ensuring respect for and protection of human rights of all migrants and their families.
Session 2. International migration and development – challenges for social and economic
policies in sending and receiving countries.
Session 3. International migration and development cont’d – challenges for social and
economic policies in sending and receiving countries.
Session 4. Policy responses – Promoting the building of partnerships and capacitybuilding and the sharing of best practices at all levels, including the bilateral and regional levels, for the benefit of countries and migrants alike.

12:30-2:30 p.m. Informal Interactive Working Lunch, sponsored by IOM
Lunch will be a round table event featuring tables presided over by representatives from
the International Organization on Migration (IOM), UNIFEM, UNICEF, UNFPA,
UNITAR and the World Bank. The working lunch will provide an opportunity for
participants to learn about the organizations and agencies’ migration-related programmes
and projects and will give participants a chance to network and discuss issues of
importance to them.

2:30-3:45 p.m. Regional Breakout Sessions
Small groups will discuss regional migration concerns.

4:00-5:00 p.m. Plenary Session
Rapporteurs from the breakout sessions will present conclusions and recommendations
from each group.

Notes: The Secretary General’s Report on Migration will serve as the background for all
discussions in both the thematic and regional breakout sessions.
Eight designated facilitators will implement breakout groups, set guidelines, generate
questions for discussion, and keep time. Rapporteurs, who will present the conclusions
and recommendations of their groups at the plenary session that will close the meeting.

Collection and Editing of reports: Rapporteurs from the breakout sessions will be
responsible for production of the conclusions and recommendations of their particular
session. Interns with laptops will facilitate collection, collation and editing of these
reports for distribution to participants at the end of the hearings on July 12.

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