Media Advisory: Launch of High Level Panel on International Migration (HLPM), Chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
For the attention of the Media in Liberia attending the ECOWAS Summit
What: Launch of High Level Panel on International Migration (HLPM), Chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Where: Farmington Hotel
When: 6 June 2017
Time: Starting 9:30am
About the High Level Panel on International Migration (HLPM):
Chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the High Level Panel comprises representatives from Liberia, Canada, China, Malta, and Norway, as well as the International Labor Organization (ILO). It's aim is to push migration issues to the top of policy agenda by engaging major stakeholders and partners.
The establishment of the Panel follows a decision of African Ministers attending the Ninth Joint Annual Meetings of the AU Specialized Technical Committee on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration and the ECA Economic Commission for Africa Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Addis Ababa Ethiopia in April 2016. Held on the theme, “Towards an integrated and coherent approach to the implementation, monitoring and Evaluation of Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals”, the ministers recognized the vital role of migration in Africa’s transformation and adopted a resolution on International Migration in Africa. The resolution mandated the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC) to establish a High-Level Panel on International Migration in Africa (HLPM).
Through the establishment of the Panel, the two institutions hope to increase collaboration and cooperation among African member States, regional economic communities, and international development partners to promote migrants rights and facilitate their movement, and reduce vulnerability of migrants, especially women.
Furthermore, the Panel will aim to work on determining the nature and patterns of inter, intra and international migration streams in Africa. It will also conduct assessments on the impact of irregular migration and skilled migration, both for countries of origin and of destination, among other related issues.
In Monrovia: Ernest Chi Chi, Communication Officer - Chi@un.org
In Addis Ababa: Sophia Denekew, Media Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org
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