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1. UN General Assembly (UNGA) renames and approves Summit outcome: the “New York Declaration”

On 9 September, UN Member States approved the outcome document that they had produced on 2 August, after two months of negotiations, for the 19 September UNGA Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugee and Migrants. Comprising the 2 August Political Declaration and its two annexes (the first, a Comprehensive refugee response framework; the second, Towards a global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration), it has been renamed the New York Declaration and transmitted as draft resolution A/70/L.61 to the 71st session of the UN General Assembly for action during the Summit.

In signing and adopting this Declaration at the Summit, heads of state and government leaders are committing to: protect the human rights of all refugees and migrants, regardless of status; implement a global campaign—with national support--against xenophobia; develop by 2018 a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration; and more equitably share responsibility for hosting and supporting the world’s refugees. 
In addition to the new name, other differences between the 2 August outcome document and the New York Declaration (30 August) include:
  • In format: all sections are now numbered in straight chronology; the two annexes are now called “appendixes”
  • in substance: a side-by-side WORD document comparison of the two shows:
    • While a reference to the "Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration and Development" is made in para 62 of the Declaration, and para 13 of Appendix II, his name, Peter Sutherland, has been removed. According to reports however, an “oral revision” was approved during the 9 September meeting to reinstate his name.
    • The phrase "in the globalized economy" has been removed from the sentence “We emphasize the multidimensional character of international migration, the importance of international, regional and bilateral cooperation and dialogue in this regard, and the need to protect the human rights of all migrants, regardless of status, particularly at a time when migration flows have increased.”, in Appendix II, Section 1.6.
    • Many minor word, punctuation and grammar changes throughout the Declaration and its Appendixes.
More information is here, including reported interventions at the 9 September meeting by Bangladesh, Cuba, the European Union, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, the Russian Federation and the United States.
 
2. New civil society statement and scorecard responds to the New York Declaration *Important note: please DO NOT USE the sign-on form sent in a mailing yesterday, 14 September, entitled "HLS - Request for Sign On to Joint Statement & Scorecard'. This link was broken and your sign-on will not have been recorded. For those of you who filled in the form, can we please ask you to do it again using this link. 

A civil society joint statement and ‘scorecard’ has been released, assessing the outcome document against the New Deal for Refugees, Migrants and Societies and five key tests of success, that close to 100 civil society organizations advocated to states to during the Outcome negotiations in June and July. Civil society laments governments’ uneven commitments and lack of urgency to deliver a real new deal for refugees and migrants at the UN Summit. The statement urges states to take seven immediate actions to truly make a difference: a “difference on the ground for the millions of refugees, migrants and internally displaced people (IDPs) in need of protection, safe passage, solidarity, inclusion, decent work and livelihoods, and for the societies that host them”.

The statement and scorecard was drafted in consultation with the 22 members of the global, self-organized civil society Action Committee, and is now open for signatures
 
Read the statement
Sign on to the statement
 
3. Reminder to register: Open civil society meeting 18 September in New York, on advocacy during and beyond the Summit

Registration has been extended for civil society representatives interested in participating in the open civil society meeting which will take place on 18 September, from 9.15 AM – 1.30 PM, in New York, to strategize on advocacy within and beyond the Summit. The program and more details of this event can be found here.

Please note that registration is required for this event. Register by close of business Friday 16 September.
 
The self-organized civil society Action Committee for the UN Summit is organizing this event to bring civil society networks and representatives from around the world together to discuss vision for after the Summit.
The central questions for the meeting: How do we ensure changes are made on the ground with and for refugees, migrants and societies? What is “civil society’s” way forward for: a Global compact on refugees? The Global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration? Global/national Campaigns against xenophobia and for inclusion?
How do we hold governments to commit and to account?  What action and follow-up is needed, in the first 100-days, and thereafter? What are the most important messages for civil society to convey in advocacy and media work, including within the program of the Summit itself?
 
The meeting will include group sessions on specific 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
Following the meeting, there will be a press briefing, and a media room for participants to animate blogs and social media. If you will be in New York, or are interested in speaking to the media about a particular theme or subject, please fill in this form to be considered for a list of refugee, migrant and civil society representatives that will be given to the media.  
 
4. Updates: Program and access for 19 September Summit

Program for the Summit
  • The New York Declaration is expected to be approved in the morning sessions.
  • A provisional speakers list for the full plenary session was released on 9 September, and is available here. As provided in the modalities resolution, there will be 3 civil society speakers and one speaker from the private sector, in the Opening plenary, speaking 10th-13th among the 13 speakers, each given 3 minutes.  UN Member States will have the opportunity to speak 3 minutes each during the statement plenary through the rest of the day.
  • According to the modalities resolution, each Summit Roundtable will have one civil society speaker and one speaker from the private sector, each given 5 minutes to speak. The concept papers for the 6 Summit roundtables were released by the Office of the President of the General Assembly on 8 September. They provide an introduction and background for each Roundtable, discuss priorities for international action and suggest questions for consideration by  participants. As first announced in the UN Member States’ modalities resolution for the Summit, the six roundtables are as follows (together with their UN Member States co-chairs, more recently announced):
  1. Addressing the root causes of large movements of refugees
  2. Addressing drivers of migration, particularly large movements, and highlighting the positive contributions of migrants
  3. International action and cooperation on refugees and migrants and issues related to displacement: the way ahead
  4. Global compact for responsibility-sharing for refugees; respect for international law
  5. Global compact for safe, regular and orderly migration: towards realizing the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and realizing the human rights of migrants
  6. Addressing vulnerabilities of refugees and migrants on their journeys from their countries of origin to their countries of arrival
Access to the Summit
Those attending the Summit will have received information from UN-NGLS detailing how to access the Summit: 
  • Delegates must collect "Special Event Tickets" to access the Summit. Each Summit session will have a separate ticket. In order to obtain your Special Event Tickets you will need to provide a government issued photo ID, such as a passport or driver's license
  • All session tickets will be handed out to confirmed participants on a first come, first served basis on the day of the Summit.
  • Tickets can be collected between the hours of 7:30am - 10:30am and 2:00pm - 4:00pm from 43rd Street and 2nd Avenue, on the Southwest Corner
  • Tickets will not be given to anyone who did not apply to attend, receive confirmation from UN-NGLS, and subsequently re-confirm their attendance by completing the form provided for that.
  • All confirmed civil society attendees may attend two Summit sessions, with tickets to the Summit sessions available first come, first served. Depending on availability at the time you arrive, your two tickets may be comprised of:
     Either opening ceremony (8:30-9:30am) OR closing ceremony (7:30-8:00pm) until they run out*; plus A ticket to a plenary session in either ECOSOC Chamber OR Trusteeship Chamber (both 9:30am -7:30pm), OR a ticket to one of the Roundtable Dialogues (with the specific plenary or Roundtable subject to availability when you pick up your tickets).
Security
 
5. Civil society reacts to 7 civil society organisations blocked from attending the 19 September Summit
 
On Friday 2 September, the Office of the President of the General Assembly announced that 7 civil society organizations are being blocked from participating in the Summit, on the basis of UN objections made by certain Member States under paragraph 6 of the Modalities Resolution of the Summit. All seven are based in Africa—5 in Kenya.  See further details on these organisations here.
 
Civil society organizations and networks across the globe are expressing their grave concern over the blocking itself as well as the lack of transparency on why objections are made and by whom, insisting upon open civil society participation and transparency.
 
6. Calendar of events before, during, after the Summit 19 September

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.

Of special note is a large reception that IOM is hosting after the closing of the Summit 19 September to celebrate the signing by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing at the Summit of the decision to formally bring IOM directly into the UN system. Invitations were circulated widely, but registration was required.  Read more here.
Please send the details of any events not listed to info@refugees-migrants-civilsociety.org to ensure that the list is as comprehensive as possible.
 
7. Updates: 20 September Leaders’ Summit on Refugees (“Obama Summit”)
 
In a statement on the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees taking place on 20 September, US Ambassador Samantha Power highlighted the importance of urging all countries – including those that are not traditional donors or that have not previously accepted refugees – to consider making new and significant contributions to respond to this historic refugee crisis. 
 
The leader’s summit will convene heads of state and government who have made new and significant commitments this year to address the needs of the world’s refugees.  More information, including about the programme, which states will be participating, and about civil society participation, has not been made public yet. It is expected that between 30 and 35 countries will participate, including the co-hosts of the Summit; Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Sweden, and Jordan.  Within the past week, a number of civil society organizations that are based in states participating in the Summit have also been invited, e.g., the US-based NGO coalition InterAction, the Geneva-based NGO coalition ICVA, and networks such as Refugee Council USA and the Norwegian Refugee Council.
 
In the lead up to the Summit, the US government invited a group of US-based civil society actors to participate in an invitation-only ‘conversation’ on refugee resettlement, in Washington Thursday 15 September. The meeting will provide an opportunity for NGOs to hear updates from the Administration and to share recommendations related to the Leaders' Summit.
 
Read the Refugee Council USA Statement and the InterAction Statement about this 20 September Summit.  
 
8. Resources

Note: here is a sampling of resources recently published.  A fuller collection of resources published in recent months regarding the Summits on 19 and 20 September is available on the civil society website for the Summit, www.migrants-refugees-civilsociety.org/documents-and-links/

Civil society: A sampling 
Civil society joint statement and scorecard - Rising to the challenge: world leaders need to urgently adopt solutions for refugees and migrants beyond the UN Summit
MADE and HLS Action Committee Webinar on the Summit, 7 September: Recording of MADE and HLS Action Committee Webinar on civil society advocacy towards and beyond the Summit
Save Our Syria - Letter from Syrian Refugees to Her Excellency Federica Mogherini
ACT Alliance - ACT Alliance WCC CCME CWWM Statement on the UN High-level Summit on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants
Caritas Internationalis and the Jesuit Refugee Service –  Response to UN Summit Outcome Document 
Global Coalition on Migration - Global Coalition on Migration Urge Stronger, Concrete Commitments to Protect the Human Rights of Migrants  (Media advisory)
 
United Nations, Member States and International Organisations
High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein - Zeid warns against populists and demagogues in Europe and U.S.
Watch the video of this speech
UN Secretariat – Infographics in preparation for the UNGA Summit for Refugees and Migrants
UNHCR - UN Summit seen as “game changer” for refugee and migrant protection
OHCHR - Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Migrants at International Borders.
IOM - A World On The Move - UN Migration Agency will finally be signed into being (video)
Volker Türk, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner (Protection) - Statement on International Protection at the June 2016 Standing Committee
 
In the news: snapshots
IRIN News - The New York refugee summits – what to expect
Irish Refugee Council - One year on, Government needs to act fast to keep its promise on refugees
Huffington Post - UN Must Lead Nations on Migration Challenges
News Deeply - U.N. Refugee Summit’s Numbers Do Not Add Up to Reality
 
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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