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COVID-19 Online Series

All sessions are hosted by the UN Network in collaboration with Network members, Member States and/or stakeholders
 

Date Topic Working Group (WG) and Co-leads Format, Audience and Purpose Documents
7 May Safe and Inclusive Access to Services WG6: WHO, UN Habitat

Format: Listening Session

Audience: Country and regional level stakeholders/civil society and UN Networks

Purpose: Draw inputs from stakeholders towards drafting a policy brief. Possible focus areas include access to health services and social protection measures for migrants in COVID-19 policy responses, highlighting vulnerable groups (e.g. undocumented migrants, women, children, migrants with a disability) and best practices by States, cities and stakeholders providing access to services for migrant populations without discrimination.

19 May  Alternatives to detention WG2: IDC, UNICEF, UNHCR

Format: Listening Session

Audience: Civil society and UN Networks

Purpose: Listening session with civil society, to draw out specific country examples in relation to inform the WG policy brief COVID-19: Recommendations and Good Practices –and to open a space to share  country-level and regional concerns and positive practices.

 

28 May Future of Human Mobility or
Xenophobia and Inclusion of Migrants in COVID Response
IOM Director General and Coordinator of the Network António Vitorino, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance Ms. E. Tendayi Achiume, 

Format: Webinar

Audience: UN system, Member States, stakeholders

Purpose: If a listening session, to draw out specific country examples in relation to inform the WG policy brief COVID-19: Recommendations and Good Practices – providing practical guidance to Member States on protecting migrants in the context of immigration detention and COVID-19. If a webinar, to dialogue with Member States and stakeholders on country-level good practices and recommendations.

4 June  Alternatives to Detention WG2: IDC, UNICEF, UNHCR

Format: Webinar

Audience: Member States

Purpose:
Webinar with Member States to get direct (or indirect through the Geneva missions) feedback on the WG policy brief providing practical guidance to Member States on protecting migrants in the context of immigration detention and COVID-19 and to showcase and open a space for government implementers to elaborate on country examples from the policy brief.

 
9 June 
(TBC)
Regular pathways

WG3: OHCHR, Act Alliance, Asia-Pacific Refugee Rights Network

(WG4 advised to join)

Format: Listening Session

Audience: Country and regional level stakeholders/civil society and UN Networks

Purpose: Draw inputs from stakeholders towards drafting a policy brief. Possible topics include: a) admission and stay policies in the context of COVID-19 migration responses, highlighting examples of best practice; b) heightened risks of discriminatory practices across migration pathways for migrants in vulnerable situations in the context of COVID-19, highlighting mitigation measures

 
11 June Remittances  With IFAD

Format: Webinar

Audience: TBD

Purpose: To disseminate policy brief

 
18 June (TBC) Gender-perspectives on COVID-19 impacts and practices Cross-cutting

Format: Webinar 

Audience: Member States

Purpose: Dialogue with Member States and stakeholders on country-level good practices and recommendations for migrant women in relation to UN Women policy briefs ‘Addressing the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women Migrant Workers’ and ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on Women’

 
2 July BLMAs and labor rights
And/or
Agricultural Workers

WG4: ILO, IOM

FAO

Possibly with WG6 on access to services: WHO, UN Habitat

   
Pipeline (full details tbc)
 
TBC COVID-19 and human trafficking  UNODC    
TBC Youth/Children UNICEF, MGCY    
TBC Gender WIMN and UN Women