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29 June 2016
 
Updates from civil society - ISSUE 3
  1. Outcome “zero draft” released on 27 June; civil society participation and inputs
  2. States agree on modalities; constraint on space for civil society
  3. Civil society calls upon states to launch a “New Deal for Refugees, Migrants and Societies” and to undertake 4 courses of action as starting points for the outcome document
  4. UN shortens deadline to apply to attend or speak in the 19 September Summit: now 21 July
  5. UN-led civil society Steering Committee advises UN on programme and speakers for the 18 July hearings
  6. UN Member states form “Friends of Migration” to work towards positive outcomes at the 19 September Summit
  7. Preparatory meeting for and by civil society in New York, 17 July
  8. Links and resources concerning the 19 September Summit
  9. Dates and deadlines
 
1. Outcome “zero draft” released on 27 June; civil society participation and inputs
 
** Acting as co-facilitators of the Summit, the permanent missions of Ireland and Jordan to the United Nations in New York have released a “zero-draft” of the Outcome document to be adopted on 19 September at the start of the Summit. Negotiations on this will start on 1 July, and will continue intensively throughout the month, with the aim to finish the outcome document by 31 July.  **
Read the zero draft document
See the full schedule of meetings
 
Participation of civil society in zero draft negotiations
Participation of civil society in these negotiation meetings is expected to consist of, at most, presence without speaking rights. Paragraph 11 of the modalities resolution is explicit that the Outcome negotiations are intergovernmental, and will be conducted “in accordance with the rules of procedure and established practices of the General Assembly”.  However there will likely be space for civil society before or after these negotiations to provide perspectives on the outcome document, following the resolution article that says: “relevant stakeholders including civil society, scientific and knowledge institutions, parliaments, local authorities and the private sector will be able to contribute views, in particular through informal dialogues to which they will be invited by the co-facilitators” (Ireland and Jordan).

Information and input on drafts of the Summit Outcome. 
Newsletters will immediately be circulated with subsequent drafts of the Outcome document, and related key documents in flash mailings, without analysis, to participants in this MADE database and through the ICVA and NGO Committee on Migration (New York) networks. All are encouraged to read the drafts and provide input on them: first, directly to UN Member state(s); and also, to the extent possible, to the civil society advocacy team in New York, for direct interaction with the co-facilitators Ireland and Jordan and/or other UN Member states active in drafting the Outcome. 
 
2. States agree on modalities; constraint on space for civil society
 
UN Member states have found agreement on the language for the “modalities resolution” that sets the organization of the 19 September Summit and related processes. This includes the roundtables and format of the Summit itself, as well as the involvement of civil society in the Summit, in the “informal interactive multi-stakeholder Hearing” on 18 July and in the development of the Outcome by states. As a final step, the President of the General Assembly will formalize the resolution, the text of which (dated 17 June) can be found here.

The modalities resolution includes a reference (paragraph 6) and a footnote elaborating a “non-objection basis” under which UN Member states can effectively veto at will participation of non-governmental organization that do not have -ECOSOC accreditation in the 19 September Summit, though not for the 18 July Hearings. The footnote says, with respect to non-ECOSOC accredited organizations and their participation in the 19 September Summit:  
“The list of proposed as well as final names will be brought to the attention of the General Assembly. Where a name is objected to, the objecting Member State will, on a voluntary basis, make known to the Office of the President of the General Assembly the general basis of its objections and the Office of the President of the General Assembly will share any information received with any Member State upon its request".
It has been a growing trend within UN processes that the space for civil society participation has been limited, and without transparency. This was a highly contentious issue among UN Member states for the Summit this year, and one of the final obstacles to reaching agreement on the modalities resolution.

This is another disappointing example of the constrained and shrinking space reserved for civil society in these important processes, where the perspective, participation and partnership of civil society and other non-state actors should be valued as vital contributions to a transparent, multi-stakeholder procedure and action.  As several civil society groups stated during a plenary discussion of the Summit during the recent NGO Consultations with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva on 13 June, civil society should take up this matter with focus, advocacy and determination.
 
3. Civil society calls upon states to launch a “new deal for refugees, migrants and societies” and to undertake 4 courses of action as starting point for the outcome document

On the basis of input from civil society organizations around the world, and building upon the recommendations put forth in the UN Secretary General’s report  “In safety and dignity”, the self-organized civil society Action Committee is proposing four courses of action for states to take as Outcomes of the upcoming UNGA Summit 19 September:
  1. Launch an international plan NOW to protect and uphold the safety and dignity of refugees, migrants and displaced people on the move and upon arrival
  2. Launch a Global Compact on Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees
  3. Launch a Roadmap for a Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration
  4. Launch international action for social inclusion and against discrimination, racism and xenophobia
These actions are described as a set of starting points in a 5-page document that the Action Committee prepared and released on 24 June, entitled: A new deal for refugees, migrants and societies. With an introduction followed by one page of perspectives on process and substance for each of the four actions, the “new deal” was drafted with very active input from the 22 members of the Action Committee, as well as some 140 civil society organizations around the world who either completed the Action Committee’s on-line survey or submitted key messages in their applications to the UN (accessible on-line) to participate in Summit processes.  
 
The two objectives of the document are to: [1] express some of civil society’s principal starting points to the Summit co-facilitators Ireland and Jordan and other UN Member states as they begin negotiating  their Outcome document for the Summit, and [2] set and maintain a baseline for civil society advocacy to UN Member states on that Outcome straight through to the Summit itself if necessary. In that direction, members of the civil society Action Committee presented the document to the co-facilitators and to the “Friends of Migration” (see # 6 below) at meetings in New York 24 June.
 
4. UN shortens deadline to apply to attend or speak in the 19 September Summit: now 21 July

The deadline set by the UN for non-state actors to apply to attend or speak at the 19 September Summit has been moved forward to the earlier date of 21 July. The application form as well as related information, is available here

The application process to apply for participation in the 18 July hearings is now closed.
 
5. UN-led civil society Steering Committee advises UN on programme and speakers for the 18 July hearings

The Civil Society Steering Committee selected by the UN is advising on the programme of and speakers for the 18 July Informal multi-stakeholder interactive Hearing, with the President of the General Assembly to make the final decisions on programme and speakers. See more information and the members of the Steering Committee here
 
6. Member states at the UN form “Friends of Migration” to work towards positive outcomes at the 19 September Summit

A new initiative by UN Member States called the “Friends of Migration” is co-chaired by the permanent representatives (in New York) of Bangladesh, Benin, Mexico and Sweden, and has gained support from over 30 countries representing all regions of the world. Building upon the anchoring of migrants and migration in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the purpose of this Group is to foster a more positive narrative on migration and to work together towards positive outcomes at the 19 September Summit and beyond.

On 24 June, an expert-level conversation with civil society representatives, organised by this Group, took place, in which non-governmental perspectives and proposals for the 19 September Summit were discussed.
 
7. Preparatory meeting for and by civil society in New York on 17 July; civil society open call on the HLS process on 6 July

On Sunday 17 July in New York City, civil society, led by the self-organized civil society Action Committee, will convene a preparatory meeting the day before the “informal interactive multi-stakeholder Hearing” at the UN General Assembly on 18 July. Participation is open for all civil society. The objective of the event is to strategize and organize civil society key messages and advocacy for the Hearing, but also for the final weeks of July during which the states will finish their Outcome negotiations and for the lead up to the 19 September Summit.

On Wednesday 6 July, a civil society open call will be held to discuss the zero-draft Outcome document as well as civil society advocacy efforts with governments in the lead up to the 19 September Summit. Participation is open for all civil society.

More information on both events will follow shortly in a separate mailing, and registration to attend will open this week.
 
8. Updates and Resources

A list of some resources concerning the High Level Summit, from civil society, the UN and member states, as well as news outlets:

Civil Society: a sampling
 
United Nations and Member States
 
In the news: snapshots
 
9. Dates and deadlines

June
29 Berlin Summer Dialogue on Displacement and Forced Migration
30 High-level Global Migration Group (GMG) multi-stakeholder meeting on “Protecting the human rights of all people in vulnerable situations within large movements” (New York)
30  IOM Special Council Session

July
1, 7, 14, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 29
Formal Member states consultations to negotiate High-level Summit outcome document, in New York
5-7 Conference “Rethinking the Global Refugee Protection System”, Centre for Migration Studies in New York  
11-20 ECOSOC High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York
17 Civil Society self-organized preparatory meeting ahead of the "Informal multi-stakeholder interactive Hearing" in preparation for the High-Level Summit on 19 September
18 2nd Meeting of the GFMD Business Mechanism, in New York
18 "Informal multi-stakeholder interactive Hearings" in preparation for the High-Level Summit on 19 September, UNGA New York
19 Third GFMD 2016 Thematic Workshop, on "Migration for Peace, Stability and Growth", in New York
21 Deadline for Civil Society to register to attend/speak at the 19 September High-Level Summit
30 Extraordinary Meeting of IOM Council on IOM – UN relations 

September
19 High Level Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, UNGA New York
19 United Nations Private Sector Forum 2016
20 Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis (Obama Summit)
 
December
8-12 Civil society days, Common Space and Government days of Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Bangladesh
 

With solidarity and shared ambition,

Ms. Wies MAAS in New York (maas@icmc.net) and
Ms. Emer GROARKE in Brussels (groarke@icmc.net)
Ms. Melissa PITOTTI in Geneva
Ms. Eva SANDIS in New York
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