Civil Society Action Committee

Civil Society Action Committee: follow-up to the New York Declaration

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While the original terms of reference of the civil society Action Committee focused on strategies and collective advocacy in 2016 towards UN member states and their commitments in the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants, Action Committee members voted to continue to work together to ensure concrete implementation of the range of commitments that states unanimously adopted in the Summit’s New York Declaration.  In particular, four commitments: to develop over the next two-years a Global Compact for Refugees (Declaration Annex I) and a Global Compact on Migration (Declaration Annex II), expand a global campaign against xenophobia and for inclusion of migrants (Declaration paragraph 14), and to consider adopting guidelines and principles on improving treatment of migrants in vulnerable situations (Declaration paragraphs 51 and 52.). 

The Action Committee also decided to shift from its central coordinating role in 2016 to serving more as a bridge, to connect but not control groups of civil society organizations themselves exercising leadership in following up on those commitments in the Declaration (see diagram below).

As it did in 2016, ICMC’s MADE will continue to provide fundraising, staff, communications and convening support for the Action Committee, continuing with, among other activities, dissemination of newsletters and briefs; organization of civil society webinars; coordination of joint civil society statements and the organization of civil society meetings, as appropriate.
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These are the current members of the Action Committee:

  • Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT)
  • Amnesty International 
  • Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)
  • Asylum Access 
  • Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI)
  • CARE-International
  • Caritas Internationalis   
  • Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
  • Global Coalition on Migration
  • InterAction
  • International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)
  • International Council of Voluntary Agencies  (ICVA)
  • International Detention Coalition (IDC)
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
  • Migrant Forum in Asia  (MFA)
  • NGO Committee on Migration  
  • Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
  • Oxfam International      
  • Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
  • Quakers United Nations Office (Geneva)
  • Save the Children
  • Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN)
  • Terre des Hommes

Read the terms of reference for the Civil Society HLS Action Committee here. For any questions, please send us an e-mail.

Calendar of events (as of 11 April)

Important resources:

Joint Statements by civil society:

  • “A new deal for refugees and migrants: Civil society starting points for the outcome of the UN High-level Summit on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants” in EnglishSpanish and French
  • "ActNow: 7 actions world leaders urgently need to take to make a new deal for refugees, migrants and societies a reality" in English, Spanish and French  

See also: A website for and by Civil Society on the High-level Dialogue 2013


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