Sunday, 23 December 2018 10:40

Advocating the change of narrative on migration

Advocating the change of narrative on migration Photo: ONU. Manuel Elías

New York, ONU

A historic document on migrations opens a door to hope and encourages TA work in this field.


TA UN team and EDIW welcome with great hope, the United Nations’ endorsement, on December 19th, of the historic Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration a non-binding agreement adopted in Marrakech on 10 December by 164 Member States, and described by UN chief António Guterres as a “roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos”.dimensiones

Our bit of contribution

In the last three years the TA team worked to have our voice heard in the process of drafting this compact together with civic organizations all over the world.

40 of our young people from four continents, gathered in Madrid in July of 2016, issued an oral statement that was read in UN, New York advocating the change of narrative in looking into this world human phenomenon.

Two oral interventions followed thereafter in Geneva where the TA highlighted the need for all migrants to be duly documented as soon as they set foot in a receiving country to cease the abuse on “invisible people”, and the importance of recognition of degrees from the sending countries.

In December of 2018, we were represented in Mexico for the final drafting of the document where in a written statement we underscored the right to education for all.

The visit of TA president Maite Uribe and council member Emma Melgarejo in the United Nations in New York in January of 2018 included participation in a side event on the Global Compact where Louise Arbour representing the General Secretariat’s Office, explained the status of the document.

The Teresian Association join all peoples of good will in support of this unprecedented document to give an answer to the human and irreversible phenomenon of migration.

We consider it important that our members, and especially all the people involved in educational and social work with migrants, know this document.

To read it in English, click here.

Text: Emma Melgarejo.




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