Side event on Empowering Migrants Through Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Asia and the Pacific at the Sixth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)

29 Mar 2019
10.45-12.15, Meeting Room G, United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
By invitation only

Migration is a defining trend of today’s globalized world and a megatrend within the Asian and Pacific region. In 2017, there were over 62 million migrants in the region, over half of them being women; furthermore, over 101 million people from countries of the region lived outside their countries of birth.

Migrants contribute to sustainable development, but they are also at risk of being left behind, especially women migrants and children. Recognizing this fact and focusing on means to maximize the benefits of migration, United Nations Member States adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Marrakech Compact on Migration) on 19 December 2019.

This side event, sponsored by the Ministry of Labour of the Government of Nepal and co-organized by ESCAP, ILO, IOM, UNDP and UN-Women, sought to highlight the relevance of the Marrakech Compact on Migration in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific region. The focus was on actions in the region to implement the commitments contained in the Compact, including priority areas, means to promote cooperation, and engagement of Governments, civil society actors and other stakeholders.

Mr. Hongjoo Hahm, Deputy Executive Secretary, ESCAP

Keynote presentation:
Ms. Panudda Boonpala, Deputy Regional Director, ILO

Ms. Nenette Motus, Regional Director, Asia-Pacific, IOM

Panel discussion:
• Mr. Ram Prasad Ghimire, Joint Secretary Foreign Employment, Nepal Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security
• Ms. Anna-Karin Jatfors, Deputy Regional Director Asia-Pacific, UN-Women
• Ms. Sringatin, Indonesian Migrant Workers Union
• Professor Sriprapha Petcharamesee, Chair, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University