Invitation to Participate in Informal Hearings on the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants

Apr 5, 2017

Dear NGO Representative,

In accordance with United Nations General Assembly resolution 71/1, the “New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants,” a preparatory process will soon begin for the intergovernmental negotiations of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, to be adopted at an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018.

As part of the preparatory process, the President of the General Assembly (PGA) will organize a series of informal thematic sessions between April 2017 and November 2017, as well as four days of informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings between April 2017 and June 2018. The aim of the thematic sessions is to produce concrete recommendations and other substantive inputs on different topics relevant to the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. One of the events will take place at the United Nations Office at Vienna on 4-5 September 2017, and address “Smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons and contemporary forms of slavery, including appropriate identification, protection and assistance to migrants and trafficking victims”.

As a first step toward the participation of relevant stakeholders in the process, the PGA has requested UN-NGLS, UN DESA, UN University and UN Global Compact to facilitate a process for non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, diaspora organizations, migrant organizations, academic institutions, and private sector entities that arenot in consultative status with UN ECOSOC to apply for special accreditation to the preparatory process.

The deadline for special accreditation of organizations is 9 April 2017.
 Organizations that are NOT in consultative status with UN ECOSOC that wish to participate in the informal thematic sessions and/or informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings, including the thematic session in Vienna on 4-5 September 2017, must apply for special accreditation to the preparatory process using the form :

Registration of individual representatives of organizations accredited through this process, as well as representatives of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC will open shortly.

Please note that this email was originally issued in NY and is being recirculated to ensure adherence to the deadline of 9 April by NGOs working closely with UNODC. Should you have any questions at this stage, please direct them to UN-NGLS website or twitter account.  

As of next week, the following website will contain relevant information

Best wishes,

Civil Society Team
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Vienna, Austria
T. +43 1 26060-5582 or +43 1 26060-4620