The organization of the UN High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development lies in the hands of the UN President of the General Assembly with the assistance of other UN Member States and the UN Secretariat. For the organization of the civil society input and consultations, the President of the General Assembly has decided to work with a “self-organized” HLD Civil Society Steering Committee.
HLD Civil Society Steering Committee
Since the organization of the first UN High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) in 2006, civil society organizations across the world have increasingly been working and moving together on migration and development advocacy and work. With an eye on the upcoming HLD, civil society organizations present at the 2012 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD Mauritius) and at the World Social Forum on Migration (Philippines) a week later, achieved broad agreement on establishing a Civil Society Steering Committee to coordinate civil society engagement in the 2013 High-level Dialogue and its preparatory process.
In March 2013, the 31-member Civil Society Steering Committee was established with utmost respect to sectoral, geographical and gender balance, and representativity. The membership of the Steering Committee reflects a balance of civil society sectors working on migration including migrant/diaspora, labour, rights and development organizations, academia and organizations working with the private sector.
The Steering Committee advises the UN President of the General Assembly on participant, speaker and theme selection for the Interactive Hearings with civil society taking place on the 15th of July at UN Headquarters, and modalities for the selection of civil society speakers at the High-level Dialogue on 3 and 4 October.
Civil Society Coordinating Office
Upon the request by civil society partners and the United Nations, the GFMD Civil Society Coordinating Office of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) was tasked with convening this Steering Committee.
Whereas the United Nations are responsible for registrations and invitations for the Hearings and the HLD, ICMC and the Steering Committee coordinate civil society “self” organizing and preparations, bring together available resources and manage funding made available by the MacArthur Foundation and the Open Society Foundations to support part of the civil society participation in the HLD.
Member organizations to the Steering Committee are:
- African Foundation for Development (AFFORD-UK)
- Bancomer Foundation
- Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI)
- Caritas Internationalis
- Caritas Sweden
- Centro de Derechos Humanos, Universidad Nacional de Lanus
- Centre for Development Studies, Kerala, India
- Education International (EI)
- Espacio Sin Fronteras
- International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)
- Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), Georgetown University
- International Network of Alternative Financial Institutions (INAFI)
- International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
- Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA)
- Migrants’ Rights International (MRI)
- National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC)
- National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)
- New York Host Committee
- NGO Committee on Migration (CoNGO)
- Pan African Network in Defense of Migrants’ Rights (PANiDMR)
- Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrant Workers (PICUM)
- Programme for the Study of Global Migration (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)
- Public Service International (PSI)
- Red Internacional de Migración y Desarrollo (RIMD)
- Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN)
- Transnational Migration Platform (TMP)
- United Methodist Women
- World Economic Forum (WEF)