To mark International Migrants’ Day, the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) and the Global Policy Initiative, Columbia University, will host a Roundtable Discussion to launch the Model International Mobility Convention in Barcelona.
Professor Michael Doyle, Director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative, School of Law, Columbia University, New York, will introduce the Model International Mobility Convention.
Speakers at the roundtable include Dr. David M. Malone, Rector of the United Nations University and Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, Ms. Anna Terrón i Cusí, Chair of UNU-GCM’s Advisory Board, H.E.Mr Arturo Cabrera, Minister Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the UN in Geneva, and Professor Binod Khadria, Professor of Economics and Education at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India and Thematic Expert of the Second Informal Thematic Session in the 2017 consultations towards the Global Compact for Migration.
The movement of people across borders lacks global regulation. This leaves many refugees in protracted displacement and many migrants unprotected in irregular and dire situations. Meanwhile, some states have become concerned that their borders have become irrelevant. International mobility—the movement of individuals across borders for any length of time as visitors, students, tourists, labor migrants, entrepreneurs, long-term residents, asylum seekers, or refugees—has no common definition or legal framework.
To address this key gap in international law, and the growing gaps in protection and responsibility that are leaving people vulnerable, the “Model International Mobility Convention” proposes a framework for mobility with the goals of reaffirming the existing rights afforded to mobile people (and the corresponding rights and responsibilities of states) as well as expanding those basic rights where warranted. The eight chapters of the Model International Mobility Convention were developed by a multidisciplinary Commission of eminent academic and policy experts to address a key gap in international law.
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Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish and Catalan will be provided in the auditorium during the event. A drinks reception will follow the event.
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