Un invito alla listening session organizzata dalla FAO e dallo UN Network on Migration su “Addressing the Vulnerabilities of Migrant Workers in Agriculture” che si terrà giovedi 2 luglio in due sessioni alle 9 e alle 16 (CET).

Lo scopo delle listening sessions è di ascoltare le esperienze, i bisogni e le necessità soprattutto degli attori della società civile sulle misure prese per la protezione dei migranti in agricoltura, cosa ha funzionato, quali sono le sfide, cosa dovrebbe essere migliorato.

 

Thursday 2nd of July 2020
09:00 (CET) and 16:00 (CET)

Email unmignet@iom.int to RSVP with your name, organization, and session title – specifying whether you wish to attend the 09:00 CEST / 16:00 CEST session or both.

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) has many different provisions applicable to migrant workers: from facilitation of “fair and ethical recruitment and safeguarding conditions that ensure decent work,” (Objective 6); to consular protection (Objective 14); investment in skills (Objective 14);and the establishment of “mechanisms for the portability of social security entitlements and earned benefits”.

All these objectives, alongside others, have become stretched during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the same time, this crisis has put in the spotlight the vital role migrants play in agri-food systems. Measures affecting the movement of people and resulting labour shortages are having impacts on agricultural value chains, affecting food availability and market prices globally. Many agricultural migrants continue working in indispensable services linked to the food sector, facing poor housing and working conditions, and are more likely to be exposed to occupational safety and health hazards. Large numbers of migrants work under informal or casual arrangements, leaving them unprotected, vulnerable to exploitation, poverty, and food insecurity, and often without access to healthcare, social protection, and the response measures put in place by governments.

Amidst this crisis, it is important to look at the measures that are being taken and the lessons learned to improve conditions for migrants working in agri-food systems during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, and give voice to the most vulnerable and high risk groups.

The session is co-organized by the United Nations Network on Migration Secretariat and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, further to its policy brief on Migrant workers and the COVID-19 pandemic. The session is expected to gather a variety of civil society organizations and trade unions.

The working language of this call will be English. However, colleagues of the Network Secretariat would be able to translate brief questions or interventions made in French or Spanish into English on the call.

Please feel free to share this Concept Note with relevant civil society and stakeholder representatives at the regional and national levels and international organizations – all of whom are welcome to join. For more details on the modalities of this exercise please consult the Guidelines for UN Network on Migration’s Online Series on COVID-19 and Migration.

TO JOIN THE MORNING SESSION: 

Event address for attendees

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Date and time

Thursday, July 2, 2020 – 9:00 am
Europe Summer Time (Paris, GMT+02:00)

Event number: 163 832 6437

Event password: welcome

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TO JOIN THE AFTERNOON SESSION:

 

Event address for attendees

https://iom.webex.com

Date and time

Thursday, July 2, 2020 – 4:00 pm
Europe Summer Time (Paris, GMT+02:00)
Event number: 163 950 2446

Event password: welcome

Video Address
1639502446@iom.webex.com
You can also dial 62.109.219.4 and enter your meeting number.

Audio conference
United Kingdom Toll
+44-20-3478-5289
Show all global call-in numbers
Access code: 163 950 2446

 

 

Agenda/ Programme

The purpose of this listening sessions is to bring together civil society, trade unions and other stakeholders to look at the measures that are being taken and the lessons learned to improve conditions for migrants working in agri-food systems during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and give voice to the most vulnerable and high risk sub-groups.

The moderated discussion will be led by lead discussants each of whom will suggest three or four main lines of inquiry or reflection.  These will then be followed by an open conversation.

· Welcome remarks: Monami Maulik, UN Network on Migration Secretariat

· Introduction to the session presenting the scope of the session and guiding questions (FAO)

· Open conversation

· Closing remarks, including by co-leads of the UN Network on Migration Secretariat Working Group on Bilateral Labour Migration Agreements

 

Guiding questions:

 

  • What measures are being taken in developing and developed countries to protect migrant workers in agriculture (including seasonal migrants) during the COVID-19 pandemic? (Including measures by national and local governments, employers, producers, workers organizations, and civil society to protect workers on both large and small-scale farms, fishing boats, processing facilities, etc).
  • What is working well, what is still missing and what are unexpected challenges?
  • How can we capitalize on the lessons learned and increased visibility of the essential role of migrants in our food systems to improve conditions for migrant workers beyond the COVID-19 pandemic?

 

 

Guidelines for UN Network on Migration’s Online Series

See #WorkingBetterTogether for information on the UN Network on Migration.