MADE Network
30 June 2016
Sign-on to statement of civil society starting points by 10 July
using this link
Dear friends and colleagues,

As migrants, refugees and civil society organizations working on the ground and globally, we are calling upon states and others at the UN General Assembly Summit 19 September to commit to a “new deal for refugees, migrants and societies”. Read the full document here.

All civil society groups are invited to sign this new deal. The more civil society groups that agree on and sign these key points, the stronger civil society’s voice will be to the states as they negotiate the formal Outcome of the Summit. This is especially true if states at first do not want to include what civil society is advocating.

The “new deal” is:
  • a 5-page statement that an increasing number of civil society groups of all kinds and regions are advocating. It contains key, baseline “starting points” that civil society is asking states to incorporate in the Summit Outcome document and commitments that they have just begun to negotiate in New York.
  • based on input from some 140 civil society organizations around the world who either completed an online survey or submitted key messages in their applications to the UN to participate in Summit processes. It was written by a diverse group of 22 refugee protection and migrant rights groups active in all regions of the world. A few weeks ago, they came together as a civil society Action Committee specifically to work on strengthening civil society advocacy towards states as they negotiate an Outcome and commitments for the 19 September Summit. 
You will see that it builds upon the ambitious recommendations put forth in the UN Secretary General’s report for the Summit, entitled “In safety and dignity” and calls for action around four points:
  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
 The purpose of the “new deal”—and the sign-on’s—is to provide a common reference that can be used either as, or with, an organization’s own advocacy directly with governments: right away and straight through to the Summit itself.  Many civil society organizations have already started discussing it with their governments—and you are welcome to, right away.  Some organizations are also using it to further develop their own advocacy tools, and presenting them to governments together.
In the second week of July we will circulate the document to you by email with the full list of sign-ons.
If you have any questions about the "new deal, please contact Ms. Emer GROARKE ( and Ms. Beatrice CARLEVARO (
If you advocate with states about the Summit 19 September, it would be helpful if you would describe just one or two highlights of that advocacy to Ms. Anna Pascale at
With solidarity and shared ambition,

Ms. Wies MAAS in New York ( and
Ms. Emer GROARKE in Brussels (
Ms. Melissa PITOTTI in Geneva
Ms. Eva SANDIS in New York
The HLM Civil Society Action Committee is convened by:  
MADE Network
International Council of Voluntary Agencies
NGO Committee on Migration (New York)
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