On 13 October, Transcode will organize a side-event during the GFMD-CSD in Istanbul with the title Human mobility and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have brought international attention in addressing poverty as a major global issue and now serve as springboard for the new sustainable development agenda. For all their success, one issue left unaddressed was the potential of human mobility and the resource flows resulting out of this. This is now explicitly addressed in the newly launched Sustainable Development Goals: recognition of the positive contribution of migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development and respect for human rights and the humane treatment of migrants. It is, therefore, opportune time that during this 2015 GFMD-CSD in Istanbul for the CSOs to have a conversation how these goals will contribute to the empowerment of migrants and their communities, the protection of their human rights and how to ensure that these commitments are implemented and monitored effectively.
TRANSCODE has been exploring notions of mobility in resources connecting migrants to their countries over the past years (Smith et al. 2014)*. Attention is given on existing transnational connections between migrants in Europe and their transnational ties to their countries of origin, rather than also incorporating the role of new human movement as an element in any exchanges. While we would be critical of perpetuating inequality through the movement of cheap labor between a global north and south, we do feel that current barriers imposed on migrants leave out the option for making an own choice. As a consequence, tension may arise with those already present abroad, not least because their own movement, and thereby the effectiveness of transnational investments they are making, may be jeopardized.
In this side-event, we want to (a) focus on the importance of international migration as a key element in transnational efforts at development in regions of origin, (b) link this to the current framework being developed for migration within the SDGs, (c) explore the enhancement of multi-stakeholder partnerships to support the achievement of the SDGs, and (d) exchange knowledge on the successes and challenges faced by the various stakeholders in forging public-private-CSO partnerships. It is our pleasure to invite you to be part of this conversation!
· Gilbert Abasimi, Coalition of Ghana Nationals in Italy (COGNAI)
· Fabio Baggio, Scalabrini International Migration Institute (SIMI), Rome, Italy
· Liberty Casco, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)
· Raul Delgado Wise, University of Zacatecas (Mexico) and IMDN
· Estrella Mai Dizon-Anonuevo, ATIKHA Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative
· Carmelita Nuqui, Development Action for Women Network (DAWN)
· Lothar Smith, Radboud University , Nijmegen, the Netherlands (opening statement)
Moderator: Malu Padilla, Transcode Foundation-NL
Organizers: Transcode Programme, Radboud University, SIMI and COGNAI
Co-organizer: ATIKHA, DAWN
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