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HLM News from civil society - Issue 2

Reminder to complete High-Level Meeting civil society survey // High-Level Meeting state Co-facilitators issue “non-paper” on possible elements for the outcome document // 1st  meeting of High-level Meeting  civil society Action Committee held // UN selects civil society organizations for Steering Committee // Reminder to apply to participate and speak at the 18 July informal interactive hearing and/or the 19 September Meeting - Deadline 11 June // Key dates and deadlines

Vacancy notice: Finance Assistant for the MADE Global Coordinating Office in Brussels

ICMC Europe is currently recruiting a Finance Assistant (internship) for the MADE Global Coordinating Office in Brussels.

UN HLM - Updates from civil society

Prompted by the record numbers of refugees and migrants moving across borders, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly will, for the first time ever, host a High-level Meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants (HLM). The meeting aims to bring together heads of states and also civil society actors and other stakeholders on 19 September 2016 in New York. A lot will be happening in the coming weeks and months in preparation for this high-level meeting. Civil society needs to be involved, informed and heard throughout the process. Therefore we are committed to sending you regular updates on developments and civil society actions.

African civil society condemns hunt for migrants on the continent

After the death of a malian migrant in Mauritania, the West African Observatory on Migrations (WAOM), together with MADE Africa, The Pan African Network for the Defense of Migrants' Rights (PANiDMR) and the Moroccan Transnational Network on Migration and Development (RMTMD) issued a joint statement condemning the chase on irregular migrants going on in Mauritania and other African states.

Floods, Plagues and Swamps: The power of words in the migration context

During the "2nd Thematic Workshop - Migration for Harmonious Societies" in preparation for the GFMD 2016, the Secretary General of Terre des Hommes International and Chair of the GFMD 2015 Civil Society Days Ignacio Packer presented an inspiring speech on how our daily language on migrants and migration can influence the way we perceive these issues.

Civil society sent their response on the WHS report

Recently, the UN Secretary General issued his report for the World Humanitarian Summit. Among other things, it strongly emphasises “core responsibility” for improving humanitarian action regarding migrants, refugees and displaced persons, with particular attention to women and children. Civil society colleagues in the NGO Committee on Migration in New York have prepared a 3-page statement with analysis and recommendations specifically on those parts of the Secretary-General’s report.