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Public Forum - Sydney

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"Australia and the Global Compact on Migration" 

DATE: Monday 12 November 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm AEDT
LOCATION: Baker McKenzie Sydney Office, Level 46, Tower One - International Towers Sydney, 100 Barangaroo Avenue Sydney, NSW 

The global compact relates to all forms of migration. This forum will be of interest to those who are concerned about vulnerable migrant populations and those at risk of forced migration through human trafficking and the effects of climate change.


 Peter Shergold, Coordinator General of Refugee Resettlement for the NSW Government/Chancellor UWS, IOM's Head of Mission Par Liljert, and Carolina Gottardo the director of Jesuit Refugee Service.

Panellists include:

  • Ms Carolina Gottardo, Director, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia, Member of UN Women's Expert Group on Gender and the GCM & GCM Focal point for Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)
  • Mr Par Liljert, Head of Mission to Australia, International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
  • Professor Peter Shergold, Chancellor, Western Sydney University
  • Ms Tamara Domicelj, Regional Refugee Protection Advocacy Lead, Act for Peace & Global Compact for Refugees (GCR) Focal point for APRRN

Discussion facilitated by Dr Melissa Phillips, Adjunct Research Fellow, Humanitarian and Development Initiative (HADRI), Western Sydney University

Attendance: free, but registration is essential.

Details online:  at Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australia-and-the-global-compact-on-migration-opportunities-for-a-new-agenda-tickets-51281824317#tickets

The event is jointly organised by JRS Australia, Western Sydney University, and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APPRN), and will be one of the first public discussions of the issue in the country. 

UN Member States will gather in Morocco on 10-11 December 2018, to adopt the text of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the first ever-global instrument to provide common frameworks, principles and approaches for dealing with international migration. The GCM is an historic achievement that reflects states’ strong desire to cooperate to effectively manage human mobility. It sets out a normative guide and policy framework that aims to uphold the rights of migrants at a time of increased nationalism, populism and anti-immigration sentiment.

As a multicultural nation, Australia has a unique opportunity to strengthen its existing migration commitments, and to set a future-facing agenda that influences both domestic and Asia-Pacific policy contexts, as well as shaping the global debate on migration. This public seminar brings together key policy makers involved in migration policy and planning at the highest level to consider how the Australian government and civil society actors can support, implement, monitor and review the GCM. The seminar aims to raise public awareness and understanding of the importance of the GCM.

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