16 December 2010: A small delegation of Menedék - the Hungarian Association for Migrants, a Hungarian civil society responsible for the Hungarian campaign, delivered 6000 signatures and an Open Letter to the office of the Hungarian Ministry of Interior Affairs. The delegation, consisting of Dr Nagy Boldizsár, Associate Professor of Public International Law at Central European and at Eötvös Lóránd University and Melegh Attila, Senior Research Fellow at the Demographic Research Institute and Assistant Professor at Corvinus University had a valuable discussion with Simonné Dr. Berta Krisztina, deputy state secretary for European and international affairs about the European petition campaign of the UN Migrant Workers Convention, who promised to look into the issue.
15 December 2010: A small delegation of international, European and Belgian civil society organizations delivered 6000 signatures and an Open Letter to the office of the Belgian Prime Minister. A similar handover will happen in Budapest this afternoon, because Hungary will take over the EU Presidency next month.
6-8 December 2010: Dialogue sous-régional sur les migrations et les droits de l'homme, Yaoundé, Cameroon.
29 November 2010: "Protecting Rights, Building Cooperation", organized by the Committee on Migrant Workers, in cooperation with the International Steering Committee for the Campaign for Ratification of the Convention on Rights of Migrant Workers, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
8-9 November 2010: Within the Civil Society Days of the 2010 Global Forum on Migration and Development, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico:
8-12 October 2010: 4th World Social Forum on Migration and Development, Quito, Ecuador. Marika Sidoti (December 18), William Gois (Migrant Forum Asia) and Francisco Carrión Mena (Member of the UN CMW) spoke in the panel on "Political Implications of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families".
30 September 2010: The Global Migration Group made a formal Statement on irregular migration and protecting migrants in irregular situations.
International Migrants Day 2009:
- Statement by Bertrand Ramcharan, UN Acting High Commissioner (PDF)
- Statement by Gabriela Rodriguez, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants (PDF) (Spanish only)
- Statement by Kari Tapiola, Executive Director for Standards and Principles, ILO (PDF)
- Statement by Brunson McKinley, Director General of IOM
- Statement by Georges Malempré, Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office (PDF)
- Exposé par Mamounata CISSE, Secrétaire Générale Adjointe de la CISL (PDF)
- Joint Statement by ILO, IOM, UNHCHR and UNESCO (PDF)
- Statement by Mr. Gustavo Albin, Ambassador of Mexico (in Spanish)
- Statement by Mr. Alessio Bruni, UNHCHR
- Statement by Ms. Gabriela Rodriquez, Special Rapporteur (in Spanish)
- Statement by Ms. Shyla Vohra, IOM Representative
- Statement by Ms. Anna Biondi, Assistant Director ICFTU
- Remarks by Mr. Patrick Taran, ILO and Moderator (PDF)
Achivements of December 18's Ratification Campaign
December 18's Publication of "Ratification of the UN Migrant Workers Convention in the European Union - Survey on the Positions of Governments and Civil Society Actors", 2010.
Other achievements of the December 18 Campaign:
Unions support the call for ratification!
Major European civil society organizations and networks support the call for ratification.
Over 70 MEPs support the petition campaign!
The December 18's initiative Radio 1812 is an initiative by December 18, which brings together migrant groups and radios from around the world to produce, broadcast and share programmes celebrating the achievements and highlighting the concerns of migrants worldwide. During 2010, in total, 250 radio stations from 50 countries participated, ranging from community radio stations to national and international public broadcasters.
The 5th edition of Radio1812 in 2010 paid specific attention to the 20th anniversary of the Convention. A special report on the Convention was released.