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Dear colleagues,

In this week’s Newsletter we start with a Joint Message by the Network on the Occasion of the International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR), issued last week, 16 June.

The latest entries in our blog series look towards Africa ahead of the upcoming Regional Review of implementation of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) on the continent. They come from Stella Opoku-Owusu of
AFFORD and Emmanuel Clifford Gyetuah of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY).

Other updates on the impending African Regional Review are also available, including a calendar of events, an opportunity to register for a consultation with academia, and the draft report of the sub-regional stakeholder consultation that took place in the ECOWAS region.

We share news of a number of upcoming events, including a Virtual workshop organised by the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts; a virtual VNR lab organized by the Network on the margins of the High-Level Political Forum; and the High-Level Launch of UN Women’s upcoming Policies and Practice Guide to Gender-Responsive Implementation of the GCM.

Finally, you will find also the latest on the Champion countries initiative, and two new vacancies that just opened up within our team- all applicants welcome!

Best,
Network Secretariat

On the occasion of IDFR, the Network recognized the crucial contribution that migrant workers and their families make, especially through their remittances, to the social and economic development of their communities and countries of origin.

Beyond the financial contribution of remittances as private transfers, migrant women and men also significantly contribute to their home and host countries’ economies and societies by filling gaps in the labour market, creating jobs as entrepreneurs, promoting trade and foreign direct investment, adding to the tax base, transferring skills as well as sharing knowledge, cultures and values across boundaries.  

The Network calls on the international community to realize Objective 20 of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), which encourages the global community to find ways to “promote faster, safer and cheaper transfer of remittances and foster financial inclusion of migrants.” 

Read the full statement here.

Blog Series

Ahead of the upcoming Regional Review of the GCM in Africa, Stella Opoku-Owusu, Deputy Executive Director of AFFORD argues in our latest blog entry that more needs to be done to capitalize upon the full potential of remittances as a tool for development of the continent. Read her piece 'Sustainable Finance and Diaspora in Africa: Will opportunities finally match the vision?'
 
Emmanuel Clifford Gyetuah, IDPs & Migration Data Focal Point, UNMGCY, calls upon governments to take full responsibility in ensuring a healthy public narrative on migration and migrants at all levels, with the GCM and its regional reviews providing means to do so. Read his piece, 'Utilizing GCM objective 1 to change public narratives on Migration in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic'.

GCM Regional Reviews

 
Dates have changed for the stakeholder consultations taking place during the Regional Review process in the Africa region.

Find more information, including a calendar, here.

Register for the upcoming consultation with academia
here.

Read the draft outcome report of the Sub-regional Consultation for the ECOWAS region on the Regional Review of the implementation of the GCM
here.
 
View the updated timeline for stakeholder engagement to the GCM Regional Reviews.

 

Upcoming Events

The webinar takes place today, Tuesday 22 June 2021, and will present key lessons and practices from the Joint Complementary Mechanism for Sustainable Reintegration in Brazil (SURE), a project funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and co-financed by the Portuguese Immigration and Border Service (SEF) aiming to contribute to a more informed and sustainable reintegration process in Brazil, through a complementary joint reintegration model. 

Register Here

Launch of e-learning course on entrepreneurship for migrants and refugees.


In observation of 
World Refugee Day (20 June), and in celebration of International Day of Family Remittances (16 June) and the Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Day (27 June), this virtual session aims to promote a better understanding of the importance of facilitating entrepreneurship for migrants and refugees, particularly in Western, Central and North Africa.

The event is co-organized by IOM, UNCTAD, UNHCR, and UNITAR, and takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd of June


Register Here

Information is also available in French here.
Virtual workshop organised by the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts, Thursday 24 June, 2pm CEST.

The event is one in a series focusing on implementation of the GCM and the rights of migrant children.
 
The event will be moderated by Ms Najat Maalla M'jid, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children. Speakers include Jonathan Prentice, Head of the Network Secretariat, Mr Sabelo Mbokazi, Head of migration department, African Union; and Representatives from the governments of South Africa, UN agencies, and civil society.

To Register please use this
link.
It’s not all about vaccines: Working towards more inclusive policies that ensure access to basic services for migrants during COVID-19 and beyond

Co-hosted by: The Red Cross Red Crescent Global Migration Lab, IFRC, ICRC, the Mixed Migration Centre and UN Network on Migration

Join us for an interactive panel discussion on Wednesday, 30 June 2021 from 2:00-3:30PM CET as we consider the real-time challenges for migrants in accessing COVID-19 vaccines and other basic services such as healthcare, food, water and sanitation, shelter, psychological support, emergency support and protection services; discuss emerging trends and policy dynamics; and think through possible ways forward at a local, regional and global scale.

Interpretation available in: English, Spanish, French and Arabic
For more information and to register click
here.
Virtual VNR Lab on Migration on the margins of HLPF.

VNR Labs provide an informal platform for experience sharing and reflection on the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process. The Labs, held under the Chatham House rule, are open to Member States, the United Nations system and representatives of Major Groups and other Stakeholders.

This VNR Lab on migration is being organized by the UN Network on Migration in collaboration with the Group of Friends on migration and will take place on Monday, 12 July 2021.


Registration is available here.

Egypt is the latest country to become a GCM Champion. For more information visit our dedicated webpage.

Work with the Network!

Two exciting internship opportunities have become available in the secretariat of the Network.
 
Successful applicants will join our team to support the start-up of a global programme working with countries to roll-out the GCM.
 
The roles are in:

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Knowledge management and Monitoring & Evaluation
- Communications and visibility

 
Follow us on LinkedIn for more information.

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