People's Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights (PGA)


PGA in 2013:

Power, People, Communities: Building Bridges for Migrant, Labour & Human Rights

The Peoples’ Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights (PGA) has organized parallel civil society events over the past 7 years coinciding with the annual UN mandated interstate process of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).

Last year, the PGA took place Sept. 30 through Oct. 4 in New York City, where it coincided with the United Nations "High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development" or HLD. The HLD took place Oct. 3 & 4 among members of the UN General Assembly and was only the second time that the body has focused on global migration - the first gathering took place in 2006 and gave birth to the GFMD. (There has also been a global civil society preparatory process toward the HLD. Click here for more information on the consultations in seven global regions and in New York preceding the HLD. Here are photos from the US-Canada preparatory meeting in Washington, DC in June 2013).

The PGA has served as an alternative space bringing together grassroots migrant communities, migrant rights organizations, trade unions, faith groups, academia and other civil society from around the world to dialogue, share strategy, strengthen analysis and develop joint organizing on critical issues related to international migration.

The PGA process has been key to bringing together grassroots-oriented partners from around the world. With limited financial resources, the PGAs have relied on local community organizations and partners and international solidarity to put together annual events that have sparked new global organizing efforts, highlighted issues for international solidarity, and contributed to forging political consensus towards a progressive, rights-based global migration agenda.

 Since the inception of this global process, NNIRR has been an active participant and partner. We have proudly worked with similar migrant rights networks, labor, faith and other partners to lift migrant voices and representation, advocate for human rights as a central framework to any development deliberation, and to name and advocate for resolutions to current abuses and exploitation of migrants worldwide. These UN sessions and the GFMD have been just two of the avenues for our international advocacy.

Over the years, NNIRR and members have participated in PGAs in different cities, and a number continue to participate in international partnerships, including Migrants Rights International, the Global Coalition on Migration, the Pan African Network for the Defense of Migrant Rights and the Women and Global Migration Working Group.

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2013 NYC Host Committee: DRUM-Desis Rising Up & Moving; United Methodist Women; VAMOS Unidos; New Sanctuary Movement; American Friends Service Committee; Families for Freedom; Black Alliance for Just Immigration/Black Immigration Network; Latin American & Caribbean Community Center

 2013 INTERNATIONAL PLANNING COMMITTEE: Building & Woodworkers International (BWI); Espacio Sin Fronteras (ESF); Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women (GAATW); Global Coalition on Migration (GCM) – anchor; Global Migration Policy Associates (GMPA); International Network for Migration and Development (INMD); International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) - represented by the AFL-CIO & Canadian Labour Congress (CLC); La Via Campesina (LVC); Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA); Migrants Rights International (MRI); National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities (NALACC); National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (NNIRR); Pan-African Network in Defense of Migrant Rights (PANiDMR); Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM); Public Services International (PSI); Transnational Migrant Platform (TMP); Women & Global Migration Working Group (WGMWG)