Bangkok, Thailand – From 27-28 May 2013, Migrant Forum in Asia and Building Woodworkers International hosted the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation in preparation for the second UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (UNHLD), which will take place in October 2013. This consultation—one of seven regional consultations spearheaded by the Global Coalition on Migration taking place globally over the next two months—brought together 60 trade unionists, civil society organizations, and independent activists representing 43 organizations and 17 countries in the Asia Pacific region. Participants deliberated on a series of concrete policy recommendations that will be put to governments during the Civil Society Interactive Hearings in New York on 15 July 2013, and advanced during the Civil Society Days of the UNHLD.
The two day sessions were structured as writeshops, whereby participants revisited and reworked past policy recommendations related to each of the 7 points of the 5-year civil society agenda. A version of the final outcome document was presented by 6 of the consultation’s participants at the UNESCAP-led Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development 2013.
Read the outcome document here