June 19 and 20 at the UN in Geneva the 3rd Thematic Session on Migration is in progress. The theme is ‘International cooperation and governance of migration in all its dimensions, including at borders, on transit, entry, return, readmission, integration and reintegration.’ The GSIJP Office is represented by Cecilie Kern. She is accompanied by Colleen Cloonan of the Mercy Global Action at the UN. Cecilie will delver a joint statement on behalf of both organizations. The statement is a response to the Issues Brief #3 and supplemented by experiences from Theresa Symons (MDO Office – Asia Pacific), Magdalena Saavedra from the Philippines and Mercy Global Action office at the UN.
Clare Nolan did an article for Global Sisters Report in January 2017 based on the experiences of Theresa and Magdalena following the Global Forum on Migration in Dhaka, Bangledesh.
Colleen Cloonan, Cecilie Kern and Winifred Doherty
Tomorrow June 20th is World Refugee Day 2017. A separate compact is being prepared to address the issue of Refugees. Read this article “Crisis in South Sudan, world’s fastest growing refugee emergency.”
We express appreciation to Sr Regina Hanko of the Province of Austria-Switzerland and Czech Republic for preparing the prayer this month. English French and Spanish See more at Spanish French and English
Here is another prayer in English that has come in my e-mail – World Refugee Day 2017 Prayer Service
According to the United Nation there are an estimated 58 million people displaced worldwide, 2.3 million asylum seekers, and 34 million people have been forcibly displaced within their own countries. António Guterres announced “These truly are alarming numbers. They reflect individual suffering on a huge scale and they reflect the difficulties of the international community in preventing conflicts and promoting timely solutions for them. The time is NOW to show that the global public stands with refugees.” (Facts and figures: UNHCR assessed April 2016) Taken from the prayer service prepared by ‘Becoming Neighours, Toronto’ See more