A High-Level Panel Debate at the 73rd UN General Assembly session “Giving Voice to Evidence” dedicated to Overcoming a Distorted Narrative on Migration and Moving Towards Evidence Based Migration Policy Development was held on 28 September, 2018 at he United Nations Headquarters in New York. Moderated by the Thomson Foundation ‘s OPEN Media Hub project Team Leader Dominque Thierry global leaders reflected on the opportunities for evidence-based migration policy making in light of a more balanced narrative on migration, through engagement with the media and public.
The speakers included the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on International Migration, Ms Louise Arbour, Antonio Parenti, Head of Section at the Delegation of the EU to the UN, Carmelo Abela, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion of the Republic of Malta, Khemaies Jhinaoui, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Tunisian Republic, Alexis Lamek, Director for United Nations and International Organisations of the French Republic, Michael Spindelegger Director General of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The panel debate focused on the following issues:
– What narratives constrain leaders in terms of what migration policies they can propose?
– What contribution can the media make to the discussion on migration?
– How can the benefits of evidence based migration policies be communicated more effectively to the public?
The debate at the UNGA was organised just a few days after the 2018 Migration Media Award Ceremony in Tunis on September 18, 2018. The OPEN Media Hub is one of the organisers of the annual competition which aims at rewarding journalists for in-depth and balanced coverage of migration.
Watch the full debate here: