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1. Reminder: 7 September webinar on civil society advocacy in and  beyond the Summit

With the 19 September High-Level Summit for refugees and migrants only two weeks away, all members of civil society are invited to join a civil society webinar on 7 September from 3.30 to 5.30 PM (CEST/Brussels time). This webinar is organized for and by civil society organizations to provide updates about the Summit, and to discuss advocacy towards and beyond the Summit to ensure that changes are made on the ground for refugees, migrants and societies.
View the full invitation here. To participate in the webinar, please register here.

** Please note that registration for this webinar has surpassed its capacity of 100 participants. Therefore participation will be on a first come first served basis. The call will be open 10 minutes before the start of the webinar. **
2. Register for civil society meeting in New York Sunday 18 September on advocacy for refugees and migrants beyond the Summit
The self-organized civil society Action Committee for the UN Summit will be holding an open civil society meeting in New York City, Sunday 18 September 2016, from 9.15 AM – 1.30 PM, the day before the UN High‐Level Summit for refugees and migrants.

The meeting will bring together civil society representatives to discuss visions for after the Summit. How do we ensure changes are made on the ground for refugees, migrants and societies?  How do we hold governments to commit and to account, and what action and follow-up is needed, in the first 100-days, and thereafter? The meeting will also include specific sessions in relation to outcome commitments that will be, or should have been, made during the Summit:
  • Responsibility-sharing for refugees in practice, and the global compact on refugees
  • Rights-based governance, the global compact on safe migration, and the protection of migrants in vulnerable situations
  • Campaign(s) against xenophobia, and for inclusion
Register here by Sunday 11 September
3. Nine civil society speakers for the Summit announced

The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (OPGA) has released the list of nine speakers who will represent migrants, refugees and/or civil society in the Opening Plenary and Roundtables of the 19 September Summit. These speakers were selected from a list presented to the OPGA by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS). That list was based on a review conducted by the NGLS-facilitated Civil Society Steering Committee of more than 400 applications for speaking roles. The Steering Committee was asked to produce regionally and gender balanced short-lists of candidates for the OPGA to consider in their final decision on speakers. Three will be among the thirteen speakers given three minutes each during the Opening plenary; the other six will be divided among the six roundtables, each speaking for five minutes. More details can be found here.
Another seven speakers are being identified to represent “the private sector” (one in the Opening plenary; the others across the six roundtables), in a separate process also organized by the OPGA/NGLS.
4. Civil society attendance in the Summit confirmed; seven organizations blocked

580 civil society and non-governmental organisations applied to attend the UN Summit on 19 September. All representatives who applied to attend have received emails from the UN Non-Government Liaison Office (NGLS) indicating whether they are being permitted to participate or not.  
Each participant was further required to complete an additional confirmation process with UN-NGLS by 30 August 2016, in order to register for their UN passes to access the Summit and related events.  If you have any questions about your application process, please contact the UN-NGLS office coordinating this process by email:, or by phone: +1 212 963 3125.
On Friday 2 September, the Office of the President of the General Assembly announced that seven civil society organizations are being blocked from participating in the Summit, on the basis of UN Member State objection under paragraph 6 of the Modalities Resolution”. See further details on these organisations here.
NGOs and civil society organizations including the self-organized civil society Action Committee are pressing actively for further information, and for an end to this approach.  
5. Political declaration and annexes expected to be adopted as UNGA Resolution on 9 September
The Political Declaration and its annex I  – Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework and annex II Towards a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration are expected to be adopted as a UN General Assembly (GA) Resolution on Friday 9 September. In accordance with GA procedures, this meeting has been called for to provide Member States with the opportunity to express their views and possible reservations on the final documents. The text should not be opened for re-negotiations. On 19 of September the ‘adoption’ of the documents will be ceremonial in nature.
6. 19 September Summit program and related events
The UN High-level Summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants will take place on 19 September 2016. “This is the first time the General Assembly has called for a Summit at the Heads of State and Government level on large movements of refugees and migrants and it is a historic opportunity to come up with a blueprint for a better international response”.  There are a number of meetings, UNGA side-events and debates taking place in the days around the 19 September Summit, in which themes, practices and solutions relating to refugees and migrants will be discussed. Find a compilation of the events known to us here, with detailed information on registration, programme, time and location where available. This list will be added to frequently in the coming weeks. Please send the details of any events not listed to so that we can ensure the list is as comprehensive as possible.
7. Leaders’ Summit on Refugees  (“Obama Summit”) 20 September

The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, will host a Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis on the margins of UNGA 71 on September 20, 2016 to galvanize significant new global commitments to: 1) increase funding to humanitarian appeals and international organizations, 2) admit more refugees through resettlement or other legal pathways, and 3) increase refugees’ self-reliance and inclusion through opportunities for education and legal work. The Summit is by invitation only, and it is not yet clear whether civil society will be invited to attend or participate in the event.
Ahead of this Leaders’ Summit, a group of 41 non-governmental organizations led by civil society alliance InterAction addressed a letter to United States President Barack Obama calling on him to lead the international community in the protection of uprooted people throughout the world. The non-governmental organizations hailed the Leaders' Summit as an opportunity to upscale UN member states’ commitments, including by increasing humanitarian funding and expanding resettlement opportunities as well as by bolstering refugee protection, inclusion, and self-reliance.
8. Updates and Resources
See a compilation here of the meetings, UNGA side-events and debates taking place in the days around the 19 September Summit, in which themes, practices and solutions relating to refugees and migrants will be discussed. Please send the details of any events not listed to so that we can ensure the list is as comprehensive as possible.

A list of some resources concerning the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, from civil society, the UN, Member States, and the media:
Civil society: A sampling
InterAction - Letter to United States President Barack Obama before the Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis
Human Rights First - Respecting Rights and Securing Solutions
Human Rights Watch - ‘Defining the Problem’ Will Impact Summit Success in New York
Civil society joint statement - World leaders must step up efforts to conclude robust & principled deal for refugees and migrants
Kaldor Center - Minor miracle or historic failure? Assessing the UN’s refugee summit
Global Coalition on Migration - Statement: Reflections on the September 19 Outcome Documents: Most of the work is yet to be done, and States need to act now
United Nations, Member States and International Organisations
World Bank - Migration and development: a role for the World Bank Group 
Office of the President of the UN General Assembly - High level summit programme
Office of the President of the UN General Assembly - List of NGOs and CSOs that have been objected to attend the high level plenary meeting on 19 September
OHCHR - Progress report of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on the global issue of unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents and human rights- Study of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee
OHCHR - Committee on the Rights of Migrant Workers to hold twenty-fifth session in Geneva from 29 August to 7 September 2016
In the news: snapshots
News Deeply - Can Obama’s Pledging Summit Rescue Global Resettlement Policy?
The Conversation - How not to resettle refugees – lessons from the struggles of the Vietnamese ‘boat people’
The Interpreter - Australian leadership needed to scale the refugee summit
In Depth News - Global Migration Compact Negotiations to Begin in 2017
The Jakarta Post - Indonesian migrant worker to speak at UN Summit next month
New Straits Times - More funds for humanitarian work needed
News Deeply - Why We Need a Supranational Approach at the U.N. Migration Summit
Huffington Post - Migration: Getting Our Act Together
Jordan Times - ‘Creating viable, sustainable livelihoods’
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
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NGO Committee on Migration (New York)
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