MADE Network
 
20 July 2016
 
Updates from civil society - ISSUE 5
  1. Co-facilitators release second draft of the Global Compact on Refugees
  2. Civil society organizations call for real commitments for refugees and migrants at the UN multi-stakeholder hearing, 18 July 
  3. Next round of civil society consultations with the co-facilitators at the UN 20 July; video-messages invited
  4. Government negotiations on the Outcome document and Global Compact on Refugees: statements by stakeholders
  5. Preparatory meeting organized by and for civil society in the lead up to the Summit held on 17 July
  6. New website for and by civil society for the September Summit on Refugees and Migrants
  7. Civil society “A New Deal for refugees, migrants and societies” is still open for global sign-on here
  8. Reminder – Deadline to register to participate or speak at the 19 September Summit is 21 July
  9. Updates and resources
  10. Dates and Deadlines
 
1. Co-facilitators release second draft of the Global Compact on Refugees 

The second draft of the Global Compact on Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees, now called the Global Compact for Refugees, was released on 15 July by the Permanent Missions of Ireland and Jordan, the co-facilitators of the Summit process. It has been proposed that this Compact will be included as an annex to the political declaration that will be the outcome of the Summit. The new draft of the Global Compact on refugees can be found here.
 
Together with the latest draft of the political declaration (12 July), this document is informing the Member States’ negotiations and civil society consultations with the co-facilitators on 20 July and beyond. 
 

2. Civil society organizations call for real commitments for refugees and migrants at the UN multi-stakeholder hearing, 18 July   
 

Organized by the Office of the President of the General Assembly and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), this hearing brought together over 200 representatives from civil society and other stakeholders from every region of the world - more than half themselves refugees, migrants or members of the diaspora - who  work on various issues relating to refugees, migrants, human rights and development. Many civil society representatives were able to speak during the hearing, about 20 making presentations as panelists and, according to some counts, 100 making shorter interventions from the floor. 
 
The hearing was also attended by UN agencies and representatives from some Member States. However it was regretted that there was only limited interaction with Member States. Participants also noted the limited participation from civil society from developing countries due to the last minute organizing of the Hearing, related visa processing difficulties and the lack of funding support for participation.
 
The recording of the Hearing can be viewed here and the program here. The UN will release a summary report in due course.
 
During the hearing, civil society organizations and other stakeholders called upon Member States to ensure that the results of the Summit will really be translated to changes on the ground for refugees, migrants, diaspora and host and home societies. Several civil society groups called upon governments to commit to a “New Deal for refugees, migrants and societies” that some 80 civil society organizations had signed before the Hearing [still open for signature, see Section 7 below] and urged governments to save lives, uphold the human rights and dignity of all people, including migrants and displaced people, regardless of their status. Many groups spoke to the urgency of creating a predictable system for fair and equitable sharing of responsibilities and solutions to protect, welcome and empower refugees; while other stressed the need for safe and regular migration channels, that allow people to seek safety, join family, seek decent work and livelihoods, pursue studies and business abroad, secure a better future for themselves and their families, and live lives as full members of societies that work to ensure social inclusion and against xenophobia. Many representatives emphasized the imperative of civil society, including refugees, migrants and diaspora, being part of all discussion and solutions, from inception to implementation.
 
3. Next round of civil society consultations with the co-facilitators at the UN 20 July; video-messages invited

The next one-hour civil society consultation with the co-facilitators will be held this week, on Wednesday 20 July (sometime between 3 – 6 pm) in Conference Room 2 at UN Headquarters. During this, civil society organisations and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide suggestions for the drafts of outcome document and the Global Compact on refugees. You can either attend in person or submit a video. All details and the link to register can be found here

You can watch the most recent 40-minute civil society consultation from 14 July here. If you would like to submit written comments to the co-facilitators relating to the draft Outcome or draft Global Compact on Refugees, you can send it to migrationp@un.org. 
 

4. Government negotiations on the Outcome document and Global Compact on Refugees: statements by stakeholders
 

The government negotiations on the Outcome document, as well as the Global Compact on Refugees are taking place regularly throughout the month of July, with the next ones scheduled to take place on 20, 21 and 22 July (the latter date is new). Previous meetings took place on 1, 7 and 14 July.  See the submitted statements by Member States, civil society and other stakeholders here.

5. Preparatory meeting organized by and for civil society in the lead up to the Summit held on 17 July


On Sunday 17 July, civil society, led by the self-organized civil society Action Committee held a civil society preparatory meeting attended by about 100 representatives of civil society organizations, in the morning plenary joined by Ambassador Donoghue of the Permanent Mission of Ireland, and representatives from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The civil society participants represented every region of the world, with expertise on a host of issues relating to refugees, migrants, human rights and development. 

The civil society starting point document A new deal for refugees, migrants and societies, formed the basis of the discussion. The meeting provided an informal space for civil society to meet and strategize together on priority messages to bring into the 18 July interactive hearing, as well as towards the governmental outcome document negotiations. The meeting also looked at civil society organizing towards the Summit and beyond to ensure follow-up, implementation and accountability of governments.
 
The program with details of the themes discussed, and a summary report of the meeting will be shared soon. 

6. Website for and by civil society for the September Summit on Refugees and Migrants
 

All of this information, and more, is available on the dedicated website by and for civil society in preparation for the September Summit. This website, called http://refugees-migrants-civilsociety.org, provides a platform for civil society to share position papers and key advocacy messages, as well as offering up-to-date information about events and resources around the Summit process. 
7. Civil society “A New Deal for refugees, migrants and societies” is still open for global sign-on

The input that the self-organized civil society Action Committee prepared as a baseline of starting points for UN Member States to use in their development of the Outcome document is open for sign-on by civil society organizations everywhere.  Entitled “A New Deal for refugees, migrants and societies”, it is a resource to support civil society organizing and advocacy directly with UN Member States in capitals around the world, in New York and in other settings, both inside and outside of the outcome negotiations.  

Over 80 civil society organizations have already signed on in support of this “New Deal”. See the list of organizations here. If your organization is interested in signing on in support of the New Deal, you can do so here.
8. Reminder – Deadline to register to participate or speak at the 19 September Summit is 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
9. Updates and Resources

Civil society: a sampling
 
United Nations and Member States
  
In the news: a snapshot
10. Dates and deadlines

July
20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 29 Member states consultations to negotiate High-level Summit outcome document, in New York
20 Informal civil society consultation with co-facilitators of the 19 September Summit on the Outcome document and Global Compact on responsibility Sharing for Refugees
11-20 ECOSOC High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York
21 Deadline for Civil Society to register to attend/speak at the 19 September High-Level Summit
 
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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