A discussion on migration

Date: 
Monday, 27 August 2018

On 14 August, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, as part of its Insight Series, brought together migrants, humanitarian workers, Member States, UN agencies and advocates to discuss the issue of migration in relation to the finalized draft Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration with a view to analyzing the implementation of the Compact and its potential impacts.  

Since the adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in September 2016, the UN and its Member States have been spearheading efforts towards a Global Compact.  The draft text was finalized on 13 July 2018 and will be the focus of the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, to be held in Morocco in December.   

But what does the Compact mean, and what has the past 18 months of dialogue revealed?  

The Library’s Second Floor Reading Room provided a serene setting for the group of panelists and the participants to scrutinize this topic.  The stimulating discussion, moderated by Suzanne Sheldon, Senior Policy Advisor, Global Compact for Migration, IOM’s Office to the UN, generated a look into a potentially volatile subject. 

The panel comprised Tolu Olubunmi, DPI Communications Advisor (Migration); Richard Blewitt, Head of Delegation and Permanent Representative to the UN, IFRC; Brian Flynn, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN; and Dionyssios Kalamvrezos, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Greece to the UN.   

Event attendees asked questions on topics ranging from statistics gathering, to the impact of climate change on migration, to the realities of humanitarian efforts.  

Ms. Olubunmi offered a hopeful note to end the discussion: “There is a promise in each and every person regardless of their migration status”.  

The Insight Series represents the Library’s effort to share valuable knowledge accumulated by UN Staff, UN affiliated actors and the Library itself. If you wish to arrange a session, please contact: library-ny@un.org