On 7 and 25 March 2022, ADEPT was invited to represent the African diaspora at the virtual Town hall briefings with multiple international stakeholders and UN entities, chaired by the co-facilitators of the IMRF Progress Declaration. These virtual meetings give civil society organisations the opportunity to talk to representatives of the United Nations and member states, on the organisation of the first International Migration Review Forum (IMRF). The IMRF will take place from 17 until 20 May 2022 and will serve as the primary intergovernmental global platform to discuss and share progress on the implementation of all aspects of the Global Compact.
It was imperative for ADEPT to make the voice of the African diaspora heard at these meetings. In addition, to steer the policy on African Diaspora towards more effective concrete measures. On the first virtual Town hall briefing, ADEPT underlined the achievements of diaspora organisations and networks. Through their ventures and initiatives, they work to complement Objectives 16, 19, 20 and 23 of the GCM. Although, many projects are conducted with meagre resources and hardly supported and/or recognized. Furthermore, ADEPT emphasised on trusting diaspora organisations by investing in these entities.
On 25 march, ADEPT stressed the importance to include insights from African diaspora at decision-making level. In this intervention, the emphasis was directed towards structural racism and discrimination layered in Western countries. Moreover, ADEPT mentioned the many demonstrations on this matter in the last two years. This intervention ended with a reference to the situation of many African diaspora in Ukraine. A situation on which ADEPT commented in its statement of 2 March.
The third townhall briefing with stakeholders and UN entities will take place on Wednesday, 6 April from 10:00-12:00 AM (New York time)/ 16:00-18:00 PM (Geneva time).
Please watch the intervention made by ADEPT’s Policy, Advocacy and Partnership officer via this link