International Migrants Day
The United Nations via the International Organisation for Migration which comes under it, declared this day December 18 as the International Migrant Day to highlight and honor contributions made by approximately 300 million migrants, which includes around 50 million homeless and dislocated people and the day to day struggles they need to endure in their lifetime. December 18 was chosen by the UN because on December 18, 1990, the UN had adopted the International Convention on the protection of Rights of Migrant workers and their family members. International Migrants Day is considered as an opportunity to recognize and honor the contributions made by millions of migrants to host country’s economies and in turn the home countries recognise and respect their migrants’ basic human rights.
What Is The International Migrants Day History?
In 1997, the Philippines and other migrant organizations in Asia, began recognising and observing 18 December as the International Day of Solidarity with Migrants. Championing the cause, an online campaign for an official UN designation of the International Migrant’s Day, with support from Migrants Rights International and the steering committee for the global campaign for ratification of the International Convention on Migrants’ Rights and many other organisations, an official UN designation of the International Migrant Days was finally proclaimed as 18th December. The date was selected because it was on 18 December 1990 that the UN adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and their family members.
What Is International Migrants Day Significance
The official UN designation of an International Migrant’s Day was 18th December, and was finally proclaimed on 4 December 2000. The United Nations declaration of the International Migrants Day is of great importance and urgency extending a rallying point for all those organisations and individuals concerned with the protection and safety of migrants. The UN had given a high priority to this global issue and had invited all UN member states, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to mark and observe this day by disseminating information on fundamental freedoms of migrants, sharing their experiences and take immediate action to make sure of the migrants rights and freedom.
International Migrants Day Event and Celebrations
With a sole aim to create more awareness and dialogues and interactions within countries regarding how to solve the issues faced by migrants and steps taken to protect them, the United Nations is playing a leading role by propelling exchange of information and opportunities to collaborate and find solutions. On 19 September 2016 Heads of State and Government came together on one global platform in the UN General Assembly to discuss issues and experience with regard to migrants and refugees. The event was with a sole purpose to make migrants’ voices heard throughout International Migrants Day events. From 2016, International Migrants Day was selected for the final event of UN Agency – International Organisation for Migration (IOM)’s three-week-long Global Migration Film Festival held in 2019 featuring around 700 screenings of migration-theme related cinemas and group panel discussions about International Migrant Day 2019’s theme of Social Cohesion in around 200 countries around the world. The International Migrant Day Event and Celebrations on 2020 Theme: Reimagining Human Mobility will be observed by the UN keeping all the protocols and safety procedures strictly followed.
Theme of International Migrant Day 2020 – Reimagining Human Mobility
The Year 2020 was a year of pandemic, with the spread of the Covid 19 virus, creating huge job losses, evictions and health problems. Millions of migrants got stranded unable to return home due to COVID-19 mobility restrictions and shortage of money. Most of the migrants face health issues and also exploitation. People who migrate always hope for a bright and safe future. It should be in our collective consciousness to be responsible to create a safer and a resilient world. Migration should be a choice and not a necessity. On International Migrant Day 2020, let all reaffirm our commitment for a safe and dignified migration of all those migrants who have arrived with a hope for a bright future for all.
Interesting Facts About International Migrants Day
– In 2016, the UN General Assembly organised a high-level meeting on addressing large scale migration of refugees and migrants. UN member states adopt a set of commitments, known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (A/RES/71/1), in which the member states recognize the need for a comprehensive approach to migration.
– In March 2017, the UN Secretary-General appointed Louise Arbour of Canada as his Special Representative for International Migration to make a follow-up to the migration-related aspects of the High-Level Summit.
– The New York Declaration proclaimed in 2016 thus brought on one platform all the UN Member States to agree to work together to develop the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, adopted at an intergovernmental conference on international migration in December 2018 in Morocco.
Quotes on International Migrants Day
“ Last year, on International Migrants Day, we highlighted the importance of social cohesion and recognized the generosity of societies supporting migrants in their communities, unaware of what 2020 would bring. We declared migrants to be “champions of resilience when times are tough,” unaware of how they – and we -would be put to the test”. – António Vitorino, IOM Director-General
“This is a crucial mission, which must reach out in particular to the most vulnerable, namely women and children. This is the whole purpose of our Organization’s action in the field of education. Building on the analysis of our global report Migration, Displacement and Education: Building Bridges, Not Walls, published in 2019, our work emphasizes the need to invest in access to quality education for children in situations of displacement, as this is often the first step towards other, more stable horizons” – Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General
We can’t deter people fleeing for their lives. They will come. The choice we have is how well we manage their arrival and how humanly. – Antonio Guterres UN Secy General
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