2011 Global RCP Consultation

Global Consultation of Chairs and Secretariats of Principal Regional Consultative Processes on Migration (RCPs)

Gaborone, Botswana
25-26 October 2011

The third Global RCP meeting is being hosted by the Government of Botswana and is being organized in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) under the broad theme of Enhancing Cooperation on Migration through Dialogue and Capacity Building. In keeping with the outcomes of the second global meeting of RCPs held in Bangkok, Thailand on 4-5 June 2009, which drew upon the expertise of RCP Chairs, Secretariat and partners as well as RCP-related recommendations made at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in 2007 and 2008, the 2011 meeting will underscore the importance of increased exchanges and seeks to foster cross fertilization of good practices and effective approaches to migration management within and amongst RCPS. The meeting will highlight the value of promoting regional dialogue capacity development and international cooperation on migration through RCPs.

Final Agenda

25 October 2011, DAY I

07:30 - 09:00

Registration

09:00 - 09:50

OFFICIAL OPENING

WELCOME REMARKS

  • Mr. Lucky T. Moahi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs Government of the Republic of Botswana - Director of Ceremonies

STATEMENT BY HOST OF RCP GLOBAL CONSULTATION 2009

  • Mr. Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Deputy Director-General, International Organizations Department, Kingdom of Thailand

STATEMENT OF INTRODUCTION

  • Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM) (Statement)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Hon. Letlhogonolo Peter Siele, Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Government of the Republic of Botswana (Statement)

09:50 - 10:20

Coffee Break

10:20 - 11:00

INTRODUCTIONS

Participants will be invited to introduce each other -- a seating arrangement that allows participants to be seated next to participants from different RCPs/ regions will be adopted.

Facilitator: Mr. D.M. Moremi, Deputy Director of Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Government of the Republic of Botswana

11:00 - 13:00

Taking Stock of Opportunities and Challenges

This session will be informed by the consolidated responses to a self assessment questionnaire on Challenges and Opportunities completed by the principal RCPs. A presentation of the key opportunities and main challenges from the perspective of the RCPs will be given and will be followed by an interactive discussion exploring how dialogue and capacity enhancement can strengthen the ability of RCPs to harness opportunities and address challenges constructively.

Presenter and Moderator: Ms. Elizabeth Adjei, Advisor on Migration - Government of Ghana (Presentation)

  • Presentations of opportunities and challenges from RCPs self assessment

Discussants:

  • Minister Rodrigo do Amaral Souza, Director General of Legal Affairs and Immigration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil - South American Conference
    on Migration (SACM)
     
  • Ms. Caroline Njuki, Regional Political Integration and Human Security Support Programme, Inter-Govermental Authority on Development - (IGAD RCP)
     
  • Mr. Gottfried Zürcher, Deputy Director, Federal Office for Migration, Federal Ministry of Justice and Police, Switzerland - Mediterranean Migration Transit
    Dialogue (MTM)
     
  • Dr. Zafar Ahmed Khan, Secretary, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Bangladesh (Colombo Process)
     
  • Mr. James Larsen, Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia (Bali Process)
     
  • Plenary discussion

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 16:00

Enhancing the Capacity of RCPs

Building on the discussion from the preceding session, the possible means for enhancing the capacity of RCPs will be examined, as will the role that operating modalities could play in improving the functioning of RCPs. The session will include a group exercise to explore the various capacity enhancement possibilities.

Moderator: Mr. Vincent Williams, Project Manager, Southern Africa Migration Project (SAMP)

Presenters:

  • Ms. Maureen Achieng, Head, International Partnerships Division, IOM (Presentation)
     
  • Ms. Katherine Harris, Senior Regional Protection Officer, UNHCR
     
  • Discussion
     
  • Group exercise and Feedback
     
  • Plenary discussion

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 18:00

Complementary Regional Mechanisms for International Cooperation on Migration

This session will consider complementary mechanisms for international cooperation on migration, including presentations from economic and political communities in regions that have no established RCPs or are looking at establishing an RCP. An interactive discussion session will allow participants to consider possible linkages between these mechanisms and existing RCPs.

Moderator:

Cooperation on migration in the framework of regional economic and political communities

Presenters: Mr. Vincent Williams, Project Manager, Southern Africa Migration Project (SAMP)

  • Mr. Reginald Thomas, Executive Director, National Insurance Services, West Indies (Presentation)
  • Mr. Houssein Guedi Absieh, Immigration, Free Movement and Labour Expert, COMESA (Presentation)

Existing mechanisms for inter-regional cooperation on migration

Presenters:

  • Mr. Lawrence Chilimboyi, Expert, Political Affairs and Human Development Department, African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Secretariat (Statement)
     
  • Plenary Discussion

19:30

Official Dinner

26 October 2011, DAY II

09:00 - 09:15

Recap of Day I - Discussions and Outcomes

09:15 - 10:45

Emerging Migration Challenges and Opportunities: Towards Evidence-Based Policymaking

This session will provide an overview of and discussion platform for contemporary migration issues through the dichotomous lens of challenges and opportunities. The importance of evidence-base policymaking and the possible means of incorporating this into migration management will be considered in the thematic group discussions.

Moderator: Ms. Daniela Morari, Government of Moldova

Presenters:

  • Mr. Todd Young, Branch Chief, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mr. Laurent Dalmasso, Programme Officer, Inter-Governmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees (IGC)
  • Mr. Md. Sufiur Rahman, Director General, Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bangladesh (Presentation)
  • Ms. Toni Shae Freckleton, Senior Demographer Planning Institute of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica (Presentation)

Group Exercises

Group 1

  • Responses to migration crises in humanitarian situations

Group 2

  • The migration, climate change and the environment nexus

Group 3

  • Strengthening integration of migration and development into policy

10:45 - 11.15

Coffee Break

11:15 - 13:15

Group Exercise Feedback and Plenary Discussion

Feedback from the thematic group discussions will be summed up and the session will then be opened up for a plenary discussion that will explore and identify common priorities in the agenda of RCPs as relates to the emerging issues but also with regard to the responses of RCPs to the self assessment questionnaire as well as the stock taking session on opportunities and challenges.

Moderator: Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, Director, International Cooperation and Partnerships Department, IOM

Plenary Discussion: Identifying Common Priorities

  • Common themes distilled from stock taking exercise and emerging issues
  • Good practices in cross-fertilization
  • Exploring and drawing upon synergies/complementarities in policy coherence and resource mobilization

Plenary discussion

13:15 - 14:15

Lunch Break

14:15 - 16:00

Towards Enhanced International Cooperation on Migration

This session will provide an outline of existing international mechanisms for inter-state cooperation on migration, with presentations on the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) by the current, previous and future Chairs. The second part of the session will provide an overview of the UN High Level Dialogue (HLD) on International Migration and Development, with reference to the 2006 HLD and the upcoming 2013 HLD. The potential value of fostering greater cross-fertilization of ideas and practices between RCPs and key international mechanisms for cooperation on migration through mutually reinforcing interactions will be examined.

Moderator: Mr. John Matthews, Minister-Counsellor Immigration, Permanent Mission of Australia in Geneva, Switzerland

Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)

  • Introduction of GFMD V - Swiss Chair, Ambassador Eduard Carlo Gnesa (Presentation)
  • Overview of GFMD IV outcomes - Mexico Chair, Ambassador Juan José Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN and Other International Organisations in Geneva (Presentation)
  • GFMD VI priorities - GFMD VI Chair, Ambassador Shree Baboo Chekitan Servansing, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Mauritius to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva
  • Plenary discussion

UN High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development - 2013

  • Special Advisor to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Migration, Mr. Francois Fouinat (Statement)
  • Presentation
  • Plenary discussion

16:00 - 16:15

Photo Session and Coffee Break

16:15 - 17:00

CLOSING SESSION

16:15 - 16:30

DIRECTOR OF CEREMONIES

  • Mr. Lucky T. Moahi
    Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs, Government of the Republic of Botswana

Summary of Meeting Discussions and Outcomes

A brief summary of the discussions and outcomes of the meeting will be presented, giving participants an opportunity to reflect on the deliberations and take note of key action points. A brief outline of any plans for future RCP global meetings, most notably the fourth and fifth meetings in 2013 and 2015 respectively, as well as any self nominations received for the hosting of the meetings will be made.

Rapporteur: Ms. Jessica Yutacom, Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM)

16:30 - 17:00

CLOSING REMARKS

  • Mr. William Lacy Swing
    Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
     
  • Hon. Letlhogonolo Peter Siele
    Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Government of the Republic of Botswana

VOTE OF THANKS

  • Dr. Tímea Erzsébet Lehoczki
    Representative of the Former Chair of the Söderköping Process (Hungary) and Legal Expert, Department of European Cooperation, Ministry of Interior, Republic of Hungary