refugees

Language and Migration: Experience and Memory

Language is a vital, but under-explored, factor in the lives of migrants, immigrants and refugees. It has a direct impact on the experiences and choices of individuals displaced by war, terror, or natural disasters and the decisions made by agents who provide (or fail to provide) relief, services, and status. Distilled through memory, it shapes the fictions, poems, memoirs, films and song lyrics in which migrants render loss and displacement, integration and discovery, the translation of history and culture, and the trials of identity.

This interdisciplinary symposium will convene humanists and social scientists, field-workers and policy-makers, artists and writers, to think together about migrants as resourceful users, interpreters, and creators of language.

The symposium will take place online between Monday, April 19 and Saturday May 1, 2021. Amid the disappointment of not being able to hold the symposium in person, we’ve managed to find two advantages to the virtual format: to enable participation by those without the means or time to attend, and to achieve a more satisfying exchange among humanists, social scientists, and people who work in the fields of education, language policy and language justice. We encourage you to attend as many sessions of the symposium as you can, which are spread out over two weeks to avoid zoom fatigue.

Special events: Our symposium will feature two keynote speakers: Prof. Sarah Dryden-Peterson of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, who will open our symposium with a lecture on Monday April 19; and ProfViet Thanh Nguyen, Aerol Arnold Professor of English, University of Southern California, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Sympathizer, who will give the closing lecture on Saturday May 1. On Friday evening, April 30, we are delighted to host a reading by Jhumpa LahiriYiyun Li and Aleksandar Hemon, three distinguished members of Princeton’s Creative Writing faculty.

Access the full detailed program here: https://migration.princeton.edu/symposium/program

Learn more here: https://princeton.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GNf33xbFR1O9wdsn38Hk6Q

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Migration, please visit ngo-migration.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit facebook.com/NGOCELLatUN.

Covid-19 Vaccination: How churches can ensure that stateless people are not left behind

Covid-19 vaccination: How churches can ensure that stateless people are not left behind

Link to join the webinar on Monday 15 March @ 13:00-14:30 CET: oikoumene.org/live

As any virus, Covid-19 is an invisible threat which has changed our lives and affected our economies a great deal. The current Covid-19 pandemic has been a good reminder that the right to health is a universal right, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (article 25). It is a right that every individual is entitled to, irrespective of his or her legal status.

The pandemic is also a reminder that we need to work together as a global family to escape this global health crisis. This means that vaccination should be accessible to all, ideally as soon as possible before the virus mutates and becomes resistant to existing vaccines.

In these times of health crisis, governments have been confronted with difficult decisions to make, including avoiding economic disaster while at the same time finding a decent response to the pandemic. It is almost natural that their primary concerns are their nationals. Yet, there are many individuals living on the margins in their territory, such as undocumented migrants, refugees, and stateless people.

Stateless people, i.e. people with no legal identification, have been in most cases overlooked and forgotten. Invisible, yet living in our midst.

How can governments ensure that an invisible threat like Covid-19 does not disproportionately affect people and communities who have been always been overlooked and treated as invisible in other times? The pre-existing vulnerability of stateless people, i.e. their invisibility, put them at greater risk of being left behind when national public health campaigns (such as vaccinations) are planned.

How can churches and ecumenical bodies ensure that the vaccinations are accessible to all, including stateless people and other people undocumented people living on the margins during this time of pandemic?

The current pandemic is an important reminder that we are all equally vulnerable in the face of the current pandemic: Covid-19 does not discriminate, but our responses to it does.

Speakers include (alphabetical order):

  • Mr. Amal de Chickera, Co-Director, Institute of Statelessness and Inclusion
  • Dr. Ronald Lalthanmawia, Programme Coordinator for Prophetic Diakonia, Christian Conference of Asia (CCA)
  • Ms. Mira Neaimeh, Regional Executive, World Student Christian Federation – Middle East
  • Ms. Marcella Rouweler, Legal Officer, UNHCR Statelessness Section
  • Mr. Gorden Simango, Director, All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC)

The webinar will be moderated by Rev. Prof. Dr Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, member of CCIA.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Migration, please visit ngo-migration.org. For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit rngos.wordpress.com.

2021 Shine the Light Human Trafficking Conference: Root Causes & Intersections on Human Trafficking

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to our VIRTUAL 2021 Shine the Light Human Trafficking Conference: Root Causes and Intersections on Human Trafficking.  The conference, which is free of charge, will be held over two afternoons, March 8 (12noon to 3:00 pm EST), and March 9 (12noon to 1:30 pm EST).  We also are organizing a Call to Action Day on Trafficking for March 9.

Register at http://bit.ly/2021traffickingconference

Building on the success of our previous in-person Human Trafficking Conferences in 2018 and 2019, this year’s participants will hear from survivors, service providers and other experts.  An additional advocacy panel will share easy and ongoing actions that can be taken to combat trafficking.

Our co-sponsors this year are the Columbian Center for Advocacy and Outreach, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Justice Team, the U.S. Coalition of Sisters Against Human Trafficking, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Office of Migration and Refugee Services.

Monday, March 8, 12:00 – 3:00 pm EST & Tuesday, March 9, 12:00 – 1:30 pm EST

Advance registration required. Register online here or call 301-622-6838

On Day 1, we will begin with an overview of human trafficking that speaks to the various root causes. Panel presentations on both sex and labor trafficking with domestic and international components will follow.  On Day 2, we will focus on advocacy campaigns and how all of us can make a difference.  Additional details are available on our Conference webpage.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to engage in Q&A with panelists both days.

Speakers confirmed to date include:

Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley; Sr. Winifred Doherty, RGS, United Nations Representative for the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd; Diana Fimbres, Program Manager for Strategic Initiatives on Labor Trafficking, Polaris; Hilary Chester, PhD, Associate Director, Anti-Trafficking Program, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Lawrence Couch, Director, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd; Sr. Ann Scholz, SSND, PhD, Associate Director for Social Mission Leadership Conference of Women Religious; Scott Wright, Director, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach; and current Members of Congress. As in previous conferences, trafficking survivors with their powerful stories will be pivotal contributors to the day.

We also encourage you to spread the word – share this invitation with your colleagues and networks and share this postcard on social media. If you would like further information, please reach out to Fran Eskin-Royer (associatedirector@gsadvocacy.org) or me (nacdirector@gsadvocacy.org).  Thank you.

Sincerely,

Lawrence E. Couch, Director

National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

301-622-6838 (o) | 240-463-0660 (c) | www.gsadvocacy.org

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, please visit rngos.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Children’s Rights, please visit childrightsny.org. For more information on the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, please visit crimealliance.org.

GCM Objectives Review Series: Establish Mechanisms for the Portability of Social Security Entitlements & Earned Benefits

Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), the Cross Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants (CCRM) with the Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT) and the Civil Society Action Committee  invite you to join another round of discussions on the implementation of the Global Compact on Migration’s Objectives.

On February 23, we’ll focus on GCM Objective 22: Establish mechanisms for the portability of social security entitlements and earned benefits. Watch the livestream on YouTube here!

Read more about the series and view past sessions here.

Read the Civil Society Action Committee’s papers here.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Migration, please visit ngo-migration.org.

[UN Observance] International Migrants Day

Every year on December 18, the United Nations commemorates International Migrants Day. To learn more and stay apprised of relevant events, visit https://www.un.org/en/observances/migrants-day.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Migration, please visit ngo-migration.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of the Child, please email the co-chair at marjones@nyc.rr.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit facebook.com/NGOCELLatUN. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development-NY, please visit https://ngosocdev.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org

{Virtual} UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 2)

UN75 Global Governance Forum (Day 2)

OPENING PLENARY – 9:00am – 9:25am

Livestream Link: https://livestream.com/accounts/22723452/UN75GGForumSept17

Translation Link: https://attend.wordly.ai/join/QQUR-7389

PARTNERSHIP TRACK – 9:25am – 10:40am

Introduction to the Partnership Track by Maureen Connolly, Forum Director

Sustainable Development Partnerships Presentations

Good Global Citizens: A Dialogue on Wealth and Responsible Tax Conduct for a Fair Post-Covid Global Economy led by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office

Cold Catch: Developing a Cold Chain Infrastructure for the Somali Fishing Industry led by Secure Fisheries, One Earth Future

The International Municipal Investment Fund-Technical Assistance Facility (IMIF-TAF) led by the United Nations Capital Development Fund

The Purpose-First Economy led by Leaders on Purpose

UNDP Accelerator Labs: accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, led by United Nations Development Program

Response by Honorary Co-Chair Gro Harlem Brundtland, Co-Chair, Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, Member of The Elders, and former Director-General of the World Health Organization and Prime Minister of Norway

Peace and Security Partnerships Presentations

Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace led by The French Foreign Ministry for European Affairs

New Alliances to Curb Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems led by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office

The Promise of Youth as Peacebuilders: Making the Case for Investment led by Search for Common Ground

Women Peace Programme led by the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies

Building a Network of Peace led by PASO Colombia, One Earth Future Foundation

Response by Honorary Co-Chair Juan Manuel Santos, Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Colombia

Human Rights and Humanitarian Action Partnerships Presentations

Digital Identity for the Next Generation led by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Future of Computing Academy, Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age

Mental Wellness for the World’s Growing Refugees, Migrants, and Disenfranchised Peoples led by The Tesseract Group and The Epiphany Film Foundation

Accelerating Connectivity in a Post-COVID World led by the International Telecommunication Union

A Partnership to Support a UN Data Strategy led by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, UN University, and the Global Information Management Working Group

Enhancing Civil Society Space at the United Nations led by UN2020, TogetherFirst, and the Stimson Center

Response by Honorary Co-Chair Aya Chebbi, African Union Envoy on Youth

Climate Governance Partnerships Presentations

Climate Governance Commission: 21st Century Governance Driving Exponential Climate Action led by the Global Challenges Foundation Amazon Rainforest Investor Coalition led by the Global Governance Philanthropy Network

Countering Future Ecological Threats: A Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Built around the Ecological Threat Register led by the Institute for Economics and Peace

One Earth System, One Common Heritage, One Global Pact led by the Common Home for Humanity

Shifting Power: Transitioning to Renewable Energy in United Nations Field Missions led by the Stimson Center and Energy Peace Partners

Response by Honorary Co-Chair Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders and former President of Ireland, UN Envoy on Climate Change, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Musical Performance by Yagull

The Roadmap to the Future We Want, the UN We Need  – 10:40am – 11:00am

Distinguished Leaders session presided over by Maryam Nemazee, Al Jazeera Newshour Anchor, Opening Plenary Moderator

Statements of appreciation for the Forum’s “Roadmap for the Future We Want & UN We Need: A Vision 20/20 for UN75 & Beyond” from Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly and Ibrahim Gambari, former Nigerian Foreign Minister, Ambassador to the UN, and Co-Chair, Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance Q&A with Audience

Closing Plenary Session: Bringing it All Together – 11:00am – 12:45pm

Introductory Video: “UN75 Exchange”between Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary, and three of the forum’s participants from Brazil, India, and Germany Panelists: Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75 th Anniversary Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Cho Hyun, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations Segment 1 Speakers: Innovation Track: Maiara Folly, Co-Founder and Program Director of CIPO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Partnership Track: Juan Fernando Lucia, Director, PASO Colombia, One Earth Future Roadmap: Anja Olin-Pape, Expert on Youth Policy, Global Challenges Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden Segment 2 Speakers: Doreen Bogdan, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer, CIVICUS Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary, Public Services International Moderator: Conor Seyle, Senior Strategic Advisor, One Earth Future Foundation Q&A with Audience

Community-Driven Sessions – 3:00pm – 6:00pm

 

3:00pm – 4:20pm

Act of Creation: The Story of the UN’s Founding

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82023963825

Speakers: Stephen Schlesinger, Fellow at the Century Foundation in New York City, fmr. Director for the World Policy Institute William Durch, Distinguished Fellow, Just Security 2020 Program, Stimson Center Megan Roberts, Deputy Director of Policy Planning, United Nations Foundation Joris Larik, Professor of International Law at Leiden University and Senior Advisor and Nonresident Fellow, Just Security 2020 Program, Stimson Center

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Global Cooperation in the face of increasing ecological threats: Presentation and discussion on key findings from the Ecological Threat Register – Institute of Economic & Peace

Zoom Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89966884513

Speakers: Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace Michael Collins, Executive Director (Americas), Institute for Economics and Peace Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor, International Security Program and Resource Security Program, New America Herman Rosa Chávez, Consultant and Researcher, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources Claudia Martinez, Executive Director of Economia, Ecología y Ética Asesorías

World Refugee Day: Every Action Counts

In recognition of World Refugee Day and in collaboration with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, this event will feature stories from a variety of perspectives within the refugee realm.

Bear witness to the daily struggle of refugees from a UNHCR field worker; be inspired by a refugee resettled in the United States where s/he joined the fight against COVID-19 in his/her new community; and hear from Chris Boian, UNHCR spokesperson, who can offer additional glimpses of the work to provide dignity, hope, and new beginnings to refugees around the world. Audience members will have the opportunity to pose questions to each of the storytellers during a question and answer session.

To register:

https://unfoundation.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wYIfk3yDRCWxmi7jrrC3GQ?emci=4ae59e55-a5a9-ea11-9b05-00155d039e74&emdi=88d4db6b-cea9-ea11-9b05-00155d039e74&ceid=4662570

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