Commission on Population and Development,
10:00-1:00 – NLB 5 – UN Headquarters
- Commission is currently assessing the action of ICPD
- This topic has been chosen given the current economic climate, both internally and inter=nationally
- As the world economy becomes more integrated, more individuals are living outside of their birth zones
- There needs to be a greater recognition of population dynamics#
- Migrations change the geographic distributions with countries but also change the landscape of stats and transparent information used to evaluate the progress of certain countries
- Ban Ki moon takes to the floor – stating he is following the issue closely, couldn’t attend last year because of a crisis within the Middle East.
- Need to pave the way for greater dialogue between societies and governments alike
- Migration faces many challenges, but it is not a question of how we plan to evaluate the progress
- Safe legal channels
- Align migration with labour markets
- Address problems of illegal immigrations
- Facilitate return to countries of origin
- Abuse, sexual exploitation, scapegoating and trafficking need to be address within migrate circles
- Migrants also promote economic growth and alleviated strained and demanding labour markets
- Come a long way since the Cairo conference in 1994 – but realistically can we say we have a comprehensive international guideline plan?
- Suggestions and recommendations made for the 2015 plan on migration and development
- Women and girls represent almost half of all migrants in the world. These woman leave for a number of reasons such as violation of rights, violence social issues, abuse and trafficking.
- We need to regulate all of the above and put in place a filtration system to ensure that these migrants are protected and not subject in gender based violence.
- Executive Director of UNFPA stressed a particular interest in the protection on women and children in terms of poverty and immigration, as these groups are the most vulnerable in many cases.
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Wayne Dean Doyle