South Africa to host GCIM Africa's Regional Hearing
Africa will host the Regional Hearing for Africa on United Nation's Global Commission
on International Migration (GCIM) under the theme: To provide a framework for
the formulation of a coherent, comprehensive and global response to international
migration" in Cape Town from 28th February to 01st March 2005.
hearing, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre,
will deal with migration flows from, within and to the continent and cover a broad
number of issues, including; economic aspect of migration, irregular migration,
migrants in society and the human rights of migrants, and national, regional and
global governance of migration.
The Global Commission on International Migration,
the first-ever global panel addressing international migration, was officially
launched by the United Nations General-Secretary and a Core Group of interested
governments, including South Africa on 09 December 2003 in Geneva.
aim of the GCIM is to provide the framework for the formulation of coherence,
comprehensive and global response to migration issues.
The Commission is
actively engaged in regional consultations by organizing 5 broad based Regional
Hearings with governments, regional and global organizations, migration experts,
NGO's, media, corporate sector, trade unions and other stakeholders.
Africa's Regional Hearing is the fourth after the ones that were held in Asia
and the Pacific in May 2004, Mediterranean and Middle East in September 2004,
and Europe in November 2004. The fifth hearing would be held in America during
the month of May this year.
The Cape Town hearing would be attended by delegates
of governments from Southern Africa, East Africa, the Great Lakes Regions, West
Africa, Central Africa and Northern Africa together with regional and global organizations,
migration experts, NGO's, media, corporate sector, trade unions and other stakeholders.
Africa's Regional Hearing will be followed by a closed Commission-only meeting
on 2 March 2005.
The Commission will present its final report and recommendations
to the UN Secretary-General, governments and other stakeholders by mid-summer
The Media is invited to attend. It is important to confirm by the
3rd February 2005 to enable GCIM to prepare media accreditation cards.
can be done with
Cell no: 082 908 8051
Or Tumi Moloi
Cell no: 082 809 8370
Issued by the Department of Home Affairs
Enquiries can be directed to:
Nkosana Sibuyi: 082 8866708
082 809 6547
Date: 2 February 2005