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Uganda to host The Third Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFoM) from 15th-17 May in Kampala

Date: 
Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Government of Uganda will be hosting the Third Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFoM) which will take place in Kampala, Uganda from the 15 – 17 May, 2017. The meeting will be held at Speke Resort Munyonyo, under the theme; “Towards a Common African Position on the Global Compacts on Migration and on Refugees”

This forthcoming PAFoM meeting is designed as part of the regional consultations for the Global Compact on Migrants and Refugees (GCM&R) and is intended to be open and all-inclusive platform for dialogue; bringing in national and regional perspectives and best practices of all relevant stakeholders including Senior Governments Officials from relevant ministries responsible for foreign affairs, development, justice, home affairs, immigration, humanitarian response, climate change, etc. for a whole of government approach.

The Forum will also provide a platform for Regional Consultations as part of the preparatory process for the GCM&R; bringing together regional/sub-regional (RECs) bodies and institutions, UN Agencies and International Organizations and other entities including CSOs, private sector, migrants, diaspora, academia, unions, and non-state actors for a comprehensive whole of Society approach to migration governance and the global compact on migration.

The expected outcome will include a Draft Common African Position on Migration and on Refugees based on existing continental and regional normative and legal frameworks on migration and refugees.

The PAFoM is an African Union initiative with the support of IOM as the Technical Secretariat in collaboration with the RECs.Partners who provide financial or in-kind support are cop-opted as Co-sponsors of the Forum.

Background: Global Compact of Migrants and Refugees (GCM/GMR)

On September 19, 2016 Heads of State & Government and High Representatives gathered at the UN Headquarters in New York to address the question of large movements of refugees and migrants. As well as adopting a political declaration on the matter, the General Assembly equally set out steps towards the achievement of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration in 2018.

The first PAFOM meeting took place in Ghana in 2014, the second PAFoM took place in Lusaka, Zambia in May, 2016 and we shall be the third to host a PAFOM meeting here in 15-17 May, 2017.

Specific Objectives:

• To share information, knowledge, updates and ideas about the GCM&R; modalities and the preparatory process;
• To examine regional and sub-regional aspects of international migration and Refugees and gather inputs to the preparatory process of the global compact;
• To assess the existing Continental and regional normative frameworks on migration and its implications for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration;
• To assess existing continental legal and normative frameworks on Refugees and its implications for the Global Compact on Refugees;
• To enhance the capacities of senior government officials on emergency preparedness to provide timely responses to challenges associated with migration, human mobility and Refugees;
• To review the Draft Continental Free Movement of Persons Protocol;
• To draft an African Common Position on migration and refugees in preparation and in support of the GCM & R.

Participants:
The Third Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFoM) scheduled to take place in Kampala, Uganda from the 15–17 May, 2017.It is the third of the Intra-Regional Consultations on Migration in Africa.This Forum is co-organized by the African Union, government of Uganda, IGAD and IOM in collaboration with the UNECA with co-sponsorship from ECOWAS, SADC and partners.
We request you the media and the general public to join us to welcome and host these important dignitaries in Uganda, The Pearl of Africa.