Presentation at the Global Forum on Migration and Development of the African Cities for Migration Initiative

When :

from Friday 7 December, 2018
to Friday 7 December, 2018

Type of event :

Meeting by Member States or Institutions

Where :

Palmeraie Conference Center, Marrakech, Morocco

Contact :

Phinith Chanthalangsy,

In the framework of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), 5-7 December 2018, in Marrakech (Morocco), UNESCO, the National Council for Human Rights of Morocco, and the United Cities and Local Governements-Africa (UCGL-Africa), are launching a the new Initiative of African Cities for Migration. The objective of the Initiative is to support municipalities on the continent to maintream a human rights-based approach, and the figt against discrimination and xenophobia in addressing migration issues.

The African Cities’ Initiative on Migration aims to support local authorities - municipal authorities in particular - in the implementation of social inclusion policies for people on the move in the fields of competence of UNESCO, the National Institutions for Human Rights, and the United Cities and Local Governments-Africa.

The issue of integration and social inclusion of people on the move is becoming a major political and ethical imperative. Participation of migrants in the social, economic and cultural spheres of their transit and destination countries must be encouraged and institutionalized. Unfortunately, a very large percentage of the world's urban population lives in slums today, among which are migrants. In Africa, this rate represents 62% of the urban population of the continent in 2013. Such an exclusion – sometimes violent – perpetuates social injustice that in turn can be a danger for the democratic foundations of our societies. When the peoples feel distrust and systemic exclusion vis-à-vis institutions, populism and hate speech prospers.

This continent-wide Initiative will aim to strengthen the capacity of municipalities to formulate human rights-based social inclusion policies for migrants, produce reliable evidence-based knowledge in this area, and mobilize social actors and the media for systematic sensitization against discrimination and hate speech.

In this presentation, the involved partners will highlight the existing good practices, and sketch out further avenues of action for collaboration.