The meeting will be opened by Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC, and Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), as well as Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration and Secretary-General of the intergovernmental conference to adopt a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. Next, there will be a brief presentation of the global compact preparatory process by Juan José Gómez Camacho, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations, and Co-facilitator of intergovernmental consultations and negotiations on the global compact. This will be followed by a video message from Felipe González, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants.
Later, there will be a presentation on international migration in the three subregions of Latin America and the Caribbean, followed by comments and discussion, the six thematic sessions with six presenters, a final session for the discussion of conclusions and the closing of the meeting by the organizers. This will be a technical meeting intended as a highly participatory forum with ample discussion, in which experts can share their views and experience during the thematic sessions and the final session on conclusions. Representatives of United Nations agencies and other invited guests are also expected to participate.
The experts and invited guests will be able to participate in discussions which will contribute to the meeting report that will highlight the main themes, concerns, specificities, questions, challenges, priorities and policy proposals.
The meeting report, along with the executive reports of the three studies on migration in the region, will be presented in a consolidated volume that will include the main messages of the meeting’s participants to Latin American and Caribbean governments relating to the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.