Event: High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD)

Date: 
3 October, 2013 to 4 October, 2013
Time: 
09.00 - 17.00
Location: 
United Nations Headquarters in New York (USA)
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For only the second time ever, United Nations’ Member States are organizing a High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD). The HLD 2013 will bring together high level representatives of governments, including heads of state, ministers, vice-ministers and senior officials in a series of plenary sessions and four round tables.

Follow PSI's activities at the United Nations HLD on Migration and Development and PGA on Migration, Development & Human Rights: http://www.world-psi.org/en/issue/hld

As per UN General Assembly Resolution 67/219, the second High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) will convene at the UN Headquarters in New York on 3-4 October 2013. The HLD will consist of four plenary meetings and four inter-active multi-stakeholder round tables. The themes of the round tables will be:

  • Assessing the effects of international migration on sustainable development and identifying relevant priorities in view of the preparation of the post-2015 development framework;
  • Measures to ensure respect for and protection of the human rights of all migrants, with particular reference to women and children, as well as to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons and to ensure orderly, regular and safe migration;
  • Strengthening partnerships and cooperation on international migration, mechanisms to effectively integrate migration into development policies and promoting coherence at all levels;
  • International and regional labour mobility and its impact on development.


Civil society representatives accredited to the HLD will participate and observe in the plenary meetings and roundtables. The trade union delegation is working with other civil society organisations in forwarding our list of speakers to these plenary and round table meetings. Our ultimate aim in our participation to the HLD is to bring the global dialogue on migration and development back into the rights-based normative framework of the United Nations, and placing the issue of labour migration within the competence of the International Labour Organisation.

More information on the HLD here.

Moreover, the Global Unions will hold a preparatory panel event on 2nd October: “Migration and Development: A Decent Work Issue.” The objective of the meeting is to bring together representatives of governments and trade unions in a dialogue to exchange information, highlight best practices and strengthen trade union-government cooperation on the gender-sensitive and rights-based approach to migration and development. The meeting will take place inside the UN building in New York.

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