MFA, acting in its capacity as Migrants Rights International’s (MRI) Asian member, has been instrumental in the planning and development of the Peoples’ Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights (PGA) since the UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (UNHLD) in 2006. The PGA process was established with the aim of positioning a human rights framework as fundamental to the migration and development discourse. In addition, the PGA seeks to assert the voices of migrants, civil society and social movements in GFMD.
Increasingly, governments have recognized the importance of the role of civil society in relation to the objectives of the GFMD. This became evident in Manila in 2008, when governments began to dialogue with the PGA as well, acknowledging that the CSD offered limited space for engagement. This was less in the case in Greece (2009), but in Mexico (2010) there was considerably more space for government-civil society interaction. In an unprecedented move, the government of Mexico recognized the PGA as an official part of the government-led process. In 2011, the GFMD was hosted by Switzerland where, for the first time, civil society had the opportunity to organize its own process for the CSD, at which William Gois, MRI’s Chair/MFA’s Regional Coordinator, acted as the Chairperson. This points to a growing ownership of civil society of the process.
The following publications document the network’s proactive and evolving participation in the process.