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2017-07-03
10th People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights 3-4 July 2017 Berlin
The Global Coalition on Migration (GCM) and Transnational Migrant Platform-Europe (TMP-E) are excited to announce the international launch of the 10th People's Global Action (PGA) on Migration, Development and Human Rights. Civil Society representatives from grassroots migrant, labor, policy, and faith-based organizations from around the world will meet during the 10th People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights (PGA) at the headquarters of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin, Germany. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and MoveGLOBAL will serve as our local hosts in Berlin. Since 2007, the People’s Global Action (PGA), has been organized to convene grassroots migrant movements during the annual Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), a meeting of government representatives on policy around migration. The GFMD and Civil Society Days are set to take place this year in Berlin on June 28 - July 1, and the PGA will take place afterwards on 3-4 July. Register Today! Beyond the Civil Society Days process linked to the GFMD, the PGA provides an independent space for dialogue, assessment of critical migration developments, and strategizing. We expect participants to come from all the global regions, and as in previous PGA's, we will enjoy the inclusion of many local activists and advocates. The PGA is the space that links the local to the global. The PGA program in Berlin will include plenaries, self-organized workshops, and strategy sessions for movement-building. This is a critical year for migrant movement building at the PGA as we strategize recommendations for the Global Compact on Migration in 2017-2018. UN member states will negotiate and adopt the Global Compact on Migration in 2018 -- setting the framework for migration governance and policies for decades to come. This high level action shows how important migration issues have become on the international stage. Even though UN member states committed in the 2016 New York Declaration to protect the human rights of all migrants, regardless of status, a climate of increased racism and xenophobia toward migrants makes it a difficult time to negotiate an agreement to protect migrants. The stakes are high: depending on what forms this cooperation takes, state cooperation could be good for migrants -- or bad. This is why civil society, especially through the voices of migrant communities, must speak out clearly and effectively on our own behalf as governments work towards the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Follow this site for registration information. For general information, visit: peoplesglobalaction.org
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2016-12-02
International Day of Abolition of Slavery
The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949). The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are currently an estimated 21 million forced labour victims worldwide, creating US$ 150 billion in illegal profits in the private economy each year. ILO has adopted a new legally binding Protocol designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate forced labour, which is set to enter into force in November 2016. The 50 for Freedom campaign aims to persuade at least 50 countries to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol by 2018.
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2016-12-18
International Migrants’ Day
To mark this year’s International Migrants Day on December 18, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling on the international community to come together and remember the refugees and migrants who have tragically lost their lives this year. IOM invites the international community to hold the first global Candlelight Vigil to commemorate the lives that have been lost or have disappeared while trying to reach safe harbour after arduous journeys across seas and deserts this year. Each person has a name, a story and left their homelands seeking better opportunities and safety for themselves and in many cases for their families - aspirations that all of us strive for. In commemoration of the thousands of lives lost this year and each year during migration, IOM is encouraging the distribution of white wristbands with the inscription #IamaMigrant which will serve as the theme for the day as well as a powerful social media hashtag. The Candlelight Vigil is a renewed opportunity to increase awareness on drivers of migration, and most importantly shift the narrative of migration towards a positive recognition of the many ways migrants contribute to host societies. The candlelight should become the symbol of our solidarity with migrants and their families and remind us that for many, migration is often the only sliver of light left for millions of people around the world. IOM will remain steadfast in ensuring that the international community stays fully committed to saving migrants lives. We must ensure that their lives have not been lost in vain. We must not forget them.
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2016-12-10
International Human Rights Days
Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on 10th December. This day is celebrated internationally to honor 10th Dec 1948, when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Palais de Challoit, Paris after the experience of the Second World War. This was one of the first major achievements of the United Nations. Universal Declaration of Human Rights is also one of the worlds most translated document into more that 360 language versions and also holds a world record for this. An important pledge from the declaration states "Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction." Human rights are basically explained by the fact that all Human beings are born Free and Equal in rights and that they are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. This is reflected with the words used commonly Equality, Freedom, Peace, Hope, Dignity, Rule of Law, Prosperity & Justice. On 10th December 2006, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, released a statement "Today, poverty prevails as the gravest human rights challenge in the world. Combating poverty, deprivation and exclusion is not a matter of charity, and it does not depend on how rich a country is. By tackling poverty as a matter of human rights obligation, the world will have a better chance of abolishing this scourge in our lifetime....Poverty eradication is an achievable goal." On Human Rights Day millions of people take to the street, use the internet, instant messaging so that they can inspire and mobilize supporters to seek their basic rights. Social Media has been the most effective tool and it helps activist organize protests in cities across the globe. On this day awards for the United Nations Prize in the field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are also given.
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2016-11-25
16 days of Activism to Combat Violence against Women
The migrant's month this year is very much significant as MFA will be having its General Forum and will play a key role in the organizing of this year's People's Global Action on Migration, Development, and Human Rights (PGA) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A lot of us will be there as a collective effort to share information, dialogue, strengthen analyses and strategically develop joint actions and campaigns on current and emerging issues related to migration. However, we would not want to limit our action in Dhaka and would like to simultaneously highlight efforts happening outside Dhaka during Migrants' Campaign Month. With this, we are asking for your cooperation in giving the MFA Secretariat a programme schedule and report of all your proposed activities during the MCM. Please also remember to cite in all your activities that your organization is a member of Migrant Forum in Asia and include the "Step It Up" logo in your program and banners. Attached herewith is the copy of "Step It Up" logo with high resolution for your reference. As most of you know, we are hoping to make the MFA facebook and campaign pages more active. We are requesting MFA members to please post photos of your activities in MFA’s facebook page and to also use the hashtag #StepItUp when you post photos of your activities for the migrants’ campaign month. For those who do not know the MFA facebook, you can access the facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/migrantforumasia . The MFA Secretariat will also be uploading your events and activities in the, MFA website, Step It Up website, facebook pages and other social media sites.
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2016-04-13
Asylum Reception in the European Union: A Flexible Model for the Future?
When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 14:00 CEST / 13:00 WEST & BST / 8:00 A.M. ET Where: MPI Europe Webinar Speakers: Michael Kegels, Director of Operational Services, Fedasil Belgium Jamil Addou, Coordinator of the Quality Division, Centre for Training, Quality, and Expertise, European Asylum and Support Office Karoline Preisser, Legal Expert, Department for Basic and Federal Care, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Austria Moderator: Hanne Beirens, Associate Director, Migration Policy Institute Europe The pressure brought by the recent mass influx of migrants and refugees to Europe has drawn attention to the need for systems to receive and house new arrivals that can adapt to unpredictable numbers, remain cost-efficient, and meet national and EU standards. But what does it take to set up and manage a reception system that can simultaneously meet the demands of flexibility, quality, and efficiency? While countries such as Greece, Germany, and Sweden continue to strive to find enough basic accommodation for newcomers, others, such as Finland, have announced a major scaling back of (underused) facilities. Still others have opted to cap the number of asylum seekers registered daily to maintain minimum standards. Yet, there may be strength in such different approaches. EU Member States may benefit from cooperating with each other—and actors such as the European Asylum Support Office (EASO)—to pool expertise and experiences, and create economies of scale. Such cooperation may have added benefits: creating habits of working together can help build the trust and confidence needed for a political breakthrough in other areas of asylum policy. Michael Kegels, Fedasil Belgium’s Director of Operational Services and author of the recent MPI Europe report, Getting the Balance Right: Strengthening Asylum Reception Capacity at National and EU Levels, will discuss how to devise a more responsive asylum reception system at national and EU levels that upholds common standards. He will be joined by representatives from the Austrian Ministry of Interior and EASO to reflect on the practical challenges of meeting asylum-seeker reception demand, the prospects of greater cooperation, and the place of asylum reception policy at the heart of the Common European Asylum System.
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2016-03-31
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL DIARY NOTE 29 March 2016
On 31 March 2016, Amnesty International will launch a new report exposing the exploitation of migrant workers on World Cup sites in Qatar. Based on interviews with more than 200 migrant workers, mostly from Bangladesh, India and Nepal, the report will for the first time document conditions for people working on a World Cup stadium. The report will show how, despite limited reform efforts in the past two years touted by the Qatari authorities and FIFA, the country’s Kafala system under which migrant workers must be sponsored by an employer leads to forced labour and other abuses. Photographs, video, testimony from migrants workers will be available on request. To request an advance copy of the report or an interview with spokespeople please contact me on either on email or on 8860182310.
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2016-03-17
GFMD meeting in Dhaka this year
Bangladesh will host the 9th meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) this year. The date of the event is yet to be announced. The 8th GFMD meeting was held in Istanbul, Turkey in October 2015. Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque and Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Khandker Mohammad Iftekhar Haider will jointly brief the media on Monday, highlighting various features of the event, according to Foreign Ministry in Dhaka. Earlier, the group unanimously accepted Bangladesh’s bid to chair the GFMD in 2016 and Bangladesh pledged to uphold the trust bestowed upon it by taking the forum to a new height during its chairmanship. The GFMD is an initiative of the United Nations Member States to address the migration and development interconnections in practical and action-oriented ways. It is an informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led process that marks the culmination of more than a decade of international dialogue on the growing importance of the linkages between migration and development, according to UNB. -Mithun
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2016-03-17
Govt urged to include grassroots level migrants’ voice in GFMD 2016
To facilitate the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) which Bangladesh will host for the first time in December this year, a national civil society forum comprising 43 organisations was formed yesterday. The forum titled Bangladesh Civil Society Coordination Committee (BCSCC) called on the government to give the grass-roots level migrants a chance to have their voice heard at the GFMD. The BCSCC also urged the government and other GFMD stakeholders to ensure the voice and presence of the civil societies in the official GFMD sessions. This will reflect the key recommendations in the official GFMD process to influence its outcome and to ensure follow-up like Bangladesh did during the Chairmanship in the Colombo Process. Beginning in 2007, this is the second time the GFMD, which is a voluntary, informal, non-binding and government-led process to advance understanding and cooperation regarding mutually reinforcing relationship between migration and development, and to foster practical and action-oriented outcomes, is going to be held in Asia. The BCSCC feels that the GFMD provides a unique opportunity to push the issue of rights and dignity of migrants and that the civil society of the host country has an important role in shaping the GFMD agenda and highlighting concerns not covered in the official process at the people’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights. The committee will ensure that seminars and workshops are organised ahead of the GFMD, in addition to different kinds of activities to include the voice of the grass-roots level migrants to the GFMD, which will be attended by stakeholders from different countries. The committee is now planning to establish a working group which will develop and implement a plan on migration-specific and migration-reflected targets of the 2030 agenda for Bangladesh, and ensure links with the broader civil society in the region and around the world. The working group will also monitor the targets set for the Sustainable Development Goals regarding migration-related issues and push those in the GFMD through the government. The committee’s chairman, Dr CR Abrar who is the coordinator of the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, said: “We expect the government will respond and cooperate with this committee in organising the GFMD where migration issues related to not only Bangladesh but other parts of the world will be highlighted.” “We also expect that other organisations will come under this umbrella of civil societies,” he added. Yesterday’s launching event was participated by representatives of 43 human rights organisations, migrant associations, development NGOs and international organisations. They chalked out programmes to mark the upcoming GFMD. The session was chaired by CR Abrar and co-chaired by Syed Saiful Haque of WARBE Development Foundation.
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2016-03-17
Sushma Swaraj Meets Nepal Prime Minister Ahead Of SAARC Summit
Sushma Swaraj Meets Nepal Prime Minister Ahead Of SAARC Summit All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: March 17, 2016 13:21 IST by Taboola Sponsored Links Sponsored The MBA Banker Who Survived A Serious Accident (BigDecisions Quiz) Salary Credited! Take the Wise Step Now, Start a SIP (MyUniverse) EMAIL PRINT COMMENTS Sushma Swaraj Meets Nepal Prime Minister Ahead Of SAARC Summit The 37th SAARC Council of Ministers meeting will take place today after which she will also hold bilateral talks with her counterparts from several countries. POKHARA, NEPAL: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj last night held an over hour-long meeting with the Nepalese Prime Minister KP Oli, during which key bilateral issues are understood to have been discussed. Swaraj met Mr Oli at the Shangri-La hotel, following a dinner hosted by South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretary General Ajay Bahadur Thapa. The meeting between the two leaders comes ahead of the 37th SAARC Council of Ministers meeting, beginning here today. Interestingly, neither the Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar nor the Indian Ambassador here Ranjeet Ray, besides Joint-Secretary (North) Abhay Thakur were present during the meeting. Though Indian officials described the meeting as a routine call-on, even they were surprised at the duration of over hour-long meeting. The meeting between Ms Swaraj and Mr Oli comes nearly a month after the Nepalese Prime Minister's visit to India. The bilateral ties between the two countries had faced turbulence in the recent past due to the months-long Madhesi agitation and subsequent road-blocks which had put the Nepalese government in a spot. Earlier yesterday, Ms Swaraj arrived here for a three-day visit to attend the SAARC Ministerial meeting during which she will push ahead India's "neighbourhood first" policy and review the progress of decisions taken by the grouping last year. Ms Swaraj arrived here on a Mi17 chopper from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. The 37th SAARC Council of Ministers meeting will take place today after which she will also hold bilateral talks with her counterparts from several countries. SAARC member states include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
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2016-01-28
Top 10 Migration Issues of 2015
The year 2015 was punctuated by a series of migration crises, from the unrelenting flows of asylum seekers and migrants to Europe’s shores and displacement from new and ongoing conflicts in places such as Yemen and Ukraine, to the Nepal earthquake. In this edition of the Migration Information Source’s annual Top 10 Migration Issues of the year, MPI experts analyze these and other major migration trends and policy developments occurring around the world in 2015
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2016-01-27
Focusing on Protection: Previewing Upcoming High-Level Fora on Migration
Speakers: Peter Sutherland, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Senior Fellow, MPI, and former Deputy UN High Commissioner for Refugees Moderator: Kathleen Newland, Senior Fellow and Co-Founder, MPI With global displacement at record levels, it is clear that humanitarian protection will continue to be a key focus for policymakers and the international community throughout 2016. This year's calendar is dotted with a series of high-profile international events related to migration and refugee protection—including conferences in London (February 4) and Geneva (March 30) addressing the fallout of the Syrian civil war, and a pair of summits on refugees and migrants hosted by the United Nations and the United States in September. These high-level meetings could prove crucial in paving the way for meaningful solutions for the world’s forcibly displaced populations. Join Migration Policy Institute (MPI) experts along with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on International Migration, Peter Sutherland, for a webinar focusing on what can be expected to be discussed at this year’s high-level migration summits, and what tangible results might occur. In addition to Mr. Sutherland, the webinar will feature MPI Senior Fellow T. Alexander Aleinikoff, former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, and MPI Senior Fellow and Co-Founder Kathleen Newland.
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2015-12-31
OurHands campaign
Migrant Forum in Asia and Christian Aid, along with our many campaign supporters from around the world, are excited to celebrate May Day with the soft launch of a new social media campaign - #OurHands. This campaign will engage domestic workers around the world in learning about and advocating for their rights. We are writing to invite you to join the campaign by becoming a supporter. The official public campaign launch will be June 16th - International Domestic Workers' Day. Many thanks to those who have already agreed to support the campaign — your organization will be listed on our website soon. The #OurHands campaign aims to inform domestic workers of their rights as enshrined in ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. The campaign aims to reach to domestic workers across through social media and encourage them to share know-your-rights materials with other domestic workers who do not have access to social media. Informing domestic workers is a crucial step in enabling domestic workers to mobilize in collaboration with domestic workers groups and to act collectively to ensure that their rights are protected and upheld. The campaign also aims to mobilize wider solidarity from other groups and supporters by calling for the rights of domestic workers. Why #OurHands? #OurHands means that empowering and protecting the rights of domestic workers is a collective responsibility. We aim to create an enabling environment for domestic workers to articulate their rights, organize themselves, negotiate their terms of employment, and participate in social dialogue that concerns them. The campaign held its soft launch on 1 May 2015, with the release of its website and social media platforms: www.DWRights.org, Facebook page (Facebook.com/DomesticWorkerRights), and Twitter feed (Twitter.com/DWRights). To support the campaign: 1. Please send an email to mfa@mfasia.org and inform us that you would like to support the campaign - we will list your organization and website among our supporters on www.DWRights.org. Thanks to those who have already agreed to support! 2. Please Like us on Facebook and/or Follow us on Twitter. 3. Please share this information with your networks and encourage others to join! 4. Once we officially launch the campaign in June, help us to popularize the campaign among domestic workers - we will share more information about what you can do to support this effort in the coming weeks.
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2015-12-31
20 years of the MWC: Celebration and Challenge
A global campaign to challenge countries to protect the human rights of migrants in the face of continued abuse and disrespect was launched to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (Migrants' Rights Convention) in 1990. The campaign was launched by the International Steering Committee of the Global Campaign for Ratification of the Migrants Rights Convention (SC), an alliance of intergovernmental agencies and leading international human rights, church, labour, migrant and women’s organizations that support the Convention Ratification Campaign. The campaign demanded that governments act immediately to end the widespread violations of human rights suffered daily by migrants around the world, by ratifying this core UN instrument. Campaign strategies included: a. 3 posters in the official UN languages with the slogan: “Respect Migrants’ Rights, Ratify the Migrant Workers’ Convention” b. SC letters to specific countries who have signed the Convention with collected signatures from within and without the country The letter campaign schedule was: Month Country April Armenia/Cote d’Ivoire May Spain/Indonesia June Belgium/Bangladesh July Kenya August South Africa September Cameroun October Brazil/Costa Rica November Lebanon December ALL
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2015-11-14
Date Confirmed for the 3rd Lawyers Beyond Borders Conference
The 3rd Conference of the Lawyers Beyond Borders (LBB) Network is scheduled on 14-15 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel. This year’s meeting will focus on the following key objectives: Review progress on the action plan from the previous Lawyers Beyond Borders Conference Acceleration and facilitation of access to justice for Migrant Workers and members of its families Continue outreach to other constituencies and stakeholders (parliamentarians, grassroots communities, government ministries, etc.) For more details, please contact Migrant Forum in Asia at mfa@mfasia.org.
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2015-12-18
International Migrants Day
On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day. On 18 December 1990, the General Assembly had adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. UN Member States and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations are invited to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection. At the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in October 2013, Member States unanimously adopted a Declaration in which they recognized the important contribution of migration to development and called for greater cooperation to address the challenges of irregular migration and to facilitate safe, orderly and regular migration. The Declaration also emphasized the need to respect the human rights of migrants and to promote international labour standards. The Declaration strongly condemns manifestations of racism and intolerance and stresses the need to improve public perceptions of migrants and migration. In his report to the General Assembly in October 2013, the Secretary-General put forward an ambitious eight-point agenda to “make migration work” for all: migrants, societies of origin and societies of destination alike. “Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety and a better future. It is part of the social fabric, part of our very make-up as a human family,” the Secretary-General said in his remarks.
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Global Forum for Migration and Development 2015
The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2015 will be held at the Lütfi Kirdar – Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre between 12 and 16 October 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey. The week will open with the GFMD Civil Society Days (CSD) on 12 and 13 October 2015. A shared session with governments, known as the Common Space, will be held on 14 October, and the GFMD Government Days will take place on 15-16 October. The Turkish government officially took over the 2014-2015 Chairmanship in July 2014 and has published a 1st draft calendar of activities in the run up to next year’s event. Bangladesh was endorsed as the 2015-2016 GFMD Chair. 2015 GFMD Theme The Turkish Chair has chosen as its main theme, “Strengthening Partnerships: Human Mobility for Sustainable Development” in a bid to highlight that international migration cannot be managed effectively by any one country alone, or by states without the cooperation of international organizations, civil society, the private sector and migrants themselves. The 1st draft concept note was circulated among both governments and civil society in early October for comments and input. Civil society organizations that were active on the International Civil Society Steering Committee for the 2015 GFMD were invited to offer feedback, which ICMC consolidated and submitted to the Turkish Chair. Read Civil society feedback on 1st draft GFMD 2015 Concept Note The final version of the Turkish Chair concept note was made available in early March 2015, after a series of reviews and consolidation of comments from both government delegates and civil society. The final government concept note is available to read in English, French and Spanish. 2015 GFMD Civil Society Days programme At the request of the Turkish Chair, ICMC will serve once again as Civil Society Coordinating Office. The Coordinating Office will, via wide consultation with multiple sectors of civil society, create a specific programme for GFMD CSD, seeking to consolidate and review the achievements gained since the 5 Year 8 Point Plan was launched in 2013. The International Steering Committee, composed of the Civil Society Coordinating Office and other leading civil society organisations active in migration and development will once again be in charge of developing the programme for the Civil Society Days in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.