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


The Peoples’ Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights (PGA) has organized parallel civil society events since 2007, coinciding with the annual UN mandated interstate process of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).

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.

Dates and cities of the PGA:

2018: Morocco (city to be determined) (December)

2017: Berlin, Germany

2016:  Dhaka, Bangladesh - December

Click here to view our Facebook album of photos from the Peoples' Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights and the Civil Society Days, both which preceded the GFMD. 

Building the Power of Migrant & Civil Society Voices in Dhaka before the Global Forum on Migration and Development. Read the statement from our global partnership, the Global Coalition on Migration, sharing a perspective on the role of civil society, especially migrant voices, in the key deliberations before the GFMD and other international migration actors.

2015: Istanbul, Turkey

2014: Stockholm, Sweden

2013:  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).

2012: Geneva, Switzerland

2011: Port Louis, Mauritius

2010: Mexico City

2009: Athens, Greece

2008: Manila, Philippines

2007: Brussels, Belgium

2006: This year, a "Community Dialogue on Migration, Development & Human Rights" was convened in New York as a parallel civil society event to the UN High Level Dialogue on Migration. It became the model for the PGA in succeeding years.

For more information about NNIRR's activities at the PGA, please email