UN High-level Summit

UN High-level Summit 2016

For latest information, please consult the website of Civil Society action regarding the UN High-level Summit in September!

Prompted by the record numbers of refugees and migrants moving across borders, the United Nations General Assembly will, for the first time ever, host a High-Level Summit on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants (HLS). The Summit aims to bring together heads of states and also civil society actors and other stakeholders on 19 September 2016 in New York.

Civil society needs to be involved, informed and heard throughout the HLS process. Therefore a self-organized civil society "Action Committee" has been created, which will focus on gathering Civil Society voices to call for states and others at the Summit to launch a new deal for refugees, migrants and societies.

The Action Committee is being co-convened by ICMCICVA and the NGO Committee on Migration (New York) and is comprised of 22 NGO’s with longstanding expertise and experience on refugee, migrant, forced displacement and human rights issues. Other civil society organisations are also invited to participate through open calls, meetings and consultations.

The purpose of the Action Committee is to:

  • Guide collective, inclusive and fast organising of key, common civil society actions and messages that civil society wants to see in the official outcome of the HLS process, taking as a starting point the 3 pillars in the final pages of the UN Secretary General’s report, the 6 roundtable themes proposed by governments  for the HLS, as well as the issue of social inclusion and countering xenophobia, around which the UN intends to launch a global campaign;
  • Encourage and facilitate strategic civil society advocacy contacts with states regarding the content of the HLS outcome;
  • Monitor HLS-related developments and communicate with governments and key stakeholders throughout the process;
  • Organize a civil society preparatory strategy meeting in New York on Sunday 17 July, the day before the “informal interactive multi-stakeholder” meeting that the UN is organizing, which has tentatively been scheduled for 18 July.

A new deal for refugees and migrants

On the basis of the results of and opinions expressed by civil society in the surveys collected, and building upon the recommendations put forth in the Secretary General’s report  “In safety and dignity”, the Action Committee is proposing four courses of action for states to take as outcomes of the upcoming high level summit:

  • Launch an international plan NOW to protect and uphold the safety and dignity of refugees, migrants and displaced people on the move and upon arrival
  • Launch a Global Compact on Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees
  • Launch a Roadmap for a Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration
  • Launch international action for social inclusion and against discrimination, racism and xenophobia

Read the full document “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!

Read the terms of reference for the Civil Society HLS Action Committee here.

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
  • 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)
  • Save the Children
  • Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN)
  • Terre des Hommes

For any questions, please send us an e-mail.

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


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MADE Webinar for civil society: advocacy for refugees and migrants after the UN HLS

With the 19 September High-Level Summit for refugees and migrants only three weeks away, we would like to invite civil society to join our webinar on 7 September from 3.30pm to 5.30pm (CEST/Brussels time).