Annual Consultations 2014

IOM-CSO Annual Consultations
Follow up to the 2013 HLD

4th Floor Conference Room, Annex, IOM HQ, Geneva
9 October 2014

Final Agenda

09:00 – 09:30 Registrations 
09:30 – 09:45 Introductory Remarks : Ovais Sarmad, Chief of Staff, IOM
09:45 – 11:15

SESSION I : The Integration of Migration into the post-2015 Development
Agenda and the role of diaspora

The integration of migration into the post-2015 development agenda will ensure
recognition of migrants as agents of development. From the on-going process,
there are indications that the targets formulated will facilitate orderly, safe and
regular migration and lower the cost of remittances. The connection of diaspora
groups to the development of their countries and home communities will therefore
be important for the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. This
session seeks to discuss perspectives on this process so far with a focus on the
question of how mobilization of diasporas can be mainstreamed into development

09:45 - 10:00
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 11:15
  • IOM perspective: Jill Helke, IOM
  • CSO perspective: John Bingham, ICMC
  • Discussion

Moderator : Lars Lonnback, IOM

11:15 –11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00

SESSION II : Reducing the Cost of Labour Migration

From the multilateral perspective, lowering the cost of migration has been
identified as a priority by UN Member States during the 2013 High Level Dialogue
on Migration and Development at the UN General Assembly, the Global Forum on
Migration and Development and discussions relating to the post-2015
development agenda. These costs include recruitment fees, remittance transfer
costs and other costs related to visa processing, transportation, and medical and
criminality checks. This panel aims to focus on the first two components, exploring
how regulatory and non-regulatory approaches can reduce the financial burden
experienced by labour migrants and thereby reduce their vulnerability to
exploitation and abuse.

11:30 - 11:50

11:50 - 12:00
12:00 - 13:00

  • CSO perspective : Zuzanna Muskat-Gorska, ITUC
        • Farhan Hassan, Somali Heritage Academic Network
  • IOM perspective : Tauhid Pasha, IOM
  • Discussion

Moderator : Patrick Taran, Global Migration Policy Associates

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (1st floor Conference Room in main building)
14:00 – 15:30

SESSION III : Improving the Global Public Perception of Migrants

This session will showcase a number of innovative initiatives designed to address the positive contribution of migrants, including a project implemented in Poland (Migrants’ Rights in Action)as well as Plural Plus, which invites youth to address key challenges related to social inclusion and cohesion, respect for identity and diversity, and human rights through video. Additionally, IOM’s Contribution of Migrants campaign is part of a Swiss-wide tour by a customized bus. Another IOM campaign, #MigrationMeans, raises awareness on the positive impact of migration and so far has received over 5,000 posts on our social media channels. Finally, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project is the first global count of migrants who died while seeking to pass international borders. This project draws attention to the human tragedy on our borders.

14:00 - 14:30

14:30 - 15:00

15:00 - 15:30

  • IOM perspective : Pindie Stephen, IOM
        • Leonard Doyle, IOM
  • CSO perspective : Maria Giovanna Manieri, PICUM
        • Reverend Mussie Zerai, Agenzia Habeshia
  • Discussion

Moderator : Robert Glasser, Secretary General, CARE International

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – 17:15

SESSION IV : Immigration Detention and Beyond

This session seeks to discuss the critical issues related to immigration detention. It will, among others, focus on alternatives and non-custodial measures of detention, health issues of migrants and staff, migrant children in detention and improving conditions in immigration detention facilities. The session will present some case studies and examples of good practices from different parts of the world.

15:45 – 16:00
16:00 – 16:15
16:15 – 17:15
  • CSO perspective: Ben Lewis, IDC
  • IOM perspective: Kristina Touzenis, IOM
  • Discussion

Moderator: Beris Gwynne, World Vision International

17:15 – 17:30 Summary of Discussions and Way Forward
Rapporteur : Melissa Pitotti,
17:30 - 17:45 Concluding Remarks : Ovais Sarmad, Chief of Staff, IOM
17:45 – 19:00 Reception (1st floor Conference Room in main building)