High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, 3-4 October 2013

South Sudanese returnees arrive in Juba by thousandsThe United Nations General Assembly will hold a second High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development at its 68th session in New York on 3 and 4 October 2013 (A/RES/63/225, A/RES/67/219).

The theme of the High-Level Dialogue (HLD) will be “identifying concrete measures to strengthen coherence and cooperation at all levels, with a view to enhancing the benefits of international migration for migrants and countries alike and its important link to development, while reducing its negative impacts”.

The HLD will consist of four plenary sessions and four interactive round-table meetings in parallel with the plenary meetings:

Round Table 1 will focus on Effects of international migration on sustainable development and identifying relevant priorities in view of the preparation on the post-2015 development framework”.

Round Table 2 will focus on “Measures to ensure respect for and protection of thehuman rights of all migrants, with particularreference to women and children, as well as toprevent and combat the smuggling of migrants andtrafficking in persons and to ensure orderly, regularand safe migration”.

Round Table 3 will focus on “Strengthening partnerships and cooperation on international migration, mechanisms to effectively integrate migration into development policies and promoting coherence at all levels

Round Table 4 will focus on “International and regional labour mobility and its impact on development”.

There is widespread consensus that human rights must play a central role in the deliberations leading up to, within and following the HLD. Accordingly, in Resolution 67/172 the GA has requested Member States, the UN System, international organizations, civil society and all relevant stakeholders, especially the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants and the Global Migration Group, to ensure that the HLD analyses the linkage between migration and development in a balanced and comprehensive manner that includes, among others, a human rights perspective (paragraph 10a).

In Resolution 63/225, the GA emphasized that respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all migrants is essential for reaping the benefits of international migration.

Report on Migration and human rights: improving human rights-based governance of international migration

The Secretary General has tasked OHCHR, in consultation with the Global Migration Group (GMG) and UN System partners, to lead the preparation of a concise analytical report on Migration and Human Rights, which will specifically consider how attention to the rights of migrants can be strengthened within the governance framework of migration at the international level.

On 20-21 June 2013, OHCHR held an expert meeting on human rights, migration and governance in order to consult fully on the above-mentioned report. More than fifty participants engaged in this discussion, including experts from Global Migration Group members, human rights mechanisms, Member States, regional organisations, international and regional non-governmental organisations, trade unions and academia.

Read the report Migration and Human Rights: improving human rights-based governance of international migration. [E | F | S ]

Other documents:

High-Level Meeting on Migration and Human Rights, 4 September 2013, Geneva

OHCHR is organising a high-profile meeting in advance of the HLD in order to raise awareness of the human rights of migrants and to advocate for mainstreaming a human rights-based approach within all four round table discussions of the HLD.

Tune in on 4 September and follow the live-stream and live-tweets of this meeting.

Meeting video summary

Other documents:

Report of the Secretary General to the General Assembly on the Protection of Migrants

In Resolution 67/172 on the Protection of Migrants, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit a report on the implementation of that resolution at its sixty-eight session, including an analysis of how a human rights perspective can enhance the design and implementation of international migration and development policies (paragraph 15).

Written submissions were received from States, intergovernmental organizations and civil society in response to a note verbale dated 6 May 2013 from OHCHR on behalf of the Secretary-General requesting information on the implementation of Resolution 67/172.

Intergovernmental Organizations:

Civil Society:

Report of the Secretary General on the Protection of Migrants - A/68/292