This article appears in our upcoming special advocacy edition of Link.
2019. This year has been busy with regional and international advocacy work. In April 2019, JRS Australia joined the Jesuit Asia Pacific Conference (JCAP) Migration Network on a Forum on the Global Compacts in Seoul, which was joined by representatives from 13 Jesuit institutions in 12 different countries.
We discussed how to better welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants and refugees and the best way to build a network and work together.
In July, JRS Australia’s Director joined other Country Directors at a meeting in Rome which was an important opportunity to exchange experiences and also learn about the new JRS strategic plan and new developments at the International Office.
This was followed by our participation at the UNHCR Annual Consultations in Geneva where Carolina presented as part of a panel (with UNHCR, Act Alliance, International Detention Coalition and Talent Beyond Boundaries) on the protection of rights in situations of mixed movements, which was very well attended. We were also part of the panel at the Human Rights Council on Gender Responsive Migration policies, alongside the UN Special Rapporteur on Migration, Felipe Gonzalez Morales.
In September 2019, JRS Australia was one of the key organisers of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network’s (APRRN) Regional Forum entitled, Towards a Whole of Society approach in the Implementation of the Global Compacts, attended by more than 80 people from the region. The forum was also the regional consultation with civil society for the preparations of the upcoming historic Global Refugee Forum that will take place in December 2019.
APRRN’s forum followed the Asia Pacific Network on Refugees second meeting in Bangkok highlighting the importance of leadership of refugees in the debates and decisions that affect their lives.
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