WHAT IS THE PGA?
The PGA is an independent civil society event parallel to the states-led GFMD process. In collaboration with the GFMD's Civil Society Days (CSD), the PGA brings together migrant associations, migrant rights organizations, trade unions, faith groups, academia and others from around the world to share information, dialogue, strengthen analyses and develop joint positions on current and emerging issues related to migration. The PGA provides the essential space to enable civil society to critically engage the governments' GFMD process and to challenge states to undertake migration and development policy-making from a human rights framework, as well as hold governments accountable to their international human rights and development commitments. The PGA also paves the way for capacity building and the development of movements and networks.
Discussions are centered on human rights as the basis for development and explores from a rights-based perspective, the full range of issues involved in migration, including the underlying problems of poverty and injustice, and how civil society and governments must address these.
The PGA was first initiated as an independent parallel process to the 2006 UN High Level Dialogue on Migration & Development (UNHLD) in New York. Since then, the PGA has engaged thousands of participants through its ongoing regional and sectoral processes, workshops, self-organized caucuses and numerous other events. It has facilitated the launching of a Pan-African network, an international Gender network, a European working group, an international working group on borders, and dozens of other processes.
This year, the PGA will be held on 29 November - 2 December, at the Maisons des Associations, in Geneva, Switzerland. Activities will include plenaries by grassroots leaders and notable dignataries, self-organized workshops, cultural events, art displays, public actions, meetings with government delegates, and numerous other side meetings.
The primary theme for the 2011 PGA is "Undocumented Migrants: A Call for Regularisation." The programme will highlight the ongoing struggle against racism and xenophobia in Europe and around the world against migrants, and calls for equal rights and protections of all migrants, regardless of status. Particular attention will be paid to ongoing campaigns for regularisation around Europe, as well as around the world, and the advocacy following the Day of General Discussion on Undocumented Migrants held by the Committee on Migrant Workers.
To find out more about the 2011 PGA, contact us here.
2011 PGA Organizers
The PGA is jointly organized by a broad coalition of local and international migrant associations, trade unions, human rights organizations, faith-based/religious groups, and other NGOs and networks. In 2011, the PGA's international organizers include:
- Migrants Rights International (MRI), including Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR), Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), Comitato Antirazzista Durban Italia (CADI) etc.
- Members of the Global Coalition on Migration (GCM)
- The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Building and
Woodworkers International (BWI), and their affiliates
- Transnational Migrant Platform (TMP), and the European Working Group (EWG)
Local Geneva organizations and networks assisting with the organizing of the 2011 PGA include:
- Le Collectif de soutien aux sans-papiers de Genève
- Geneva Forum for Pilipino Concerns (GFPC)
- African Peace Network
- The Graduate Institute of Geneva
~ Read the 2010 PGA Statement here.
~ To find out more about the 2011 GFMD Civil Society Days, go here.
~ To find out more about the GFMD States process, go here.