International Migrants Day

International Migrants Day

 

When: 11th December 2015

Where: Palais des Nations, Geneva

 

On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day. On 18 December 1990, the General Assembly had adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. The Geneva International Model United Nations is now excited to organize a commemoration of the International Migrants Day on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention. We are expecting around 50 participants on Friday December 11th at the Palais des Nations. GIMUN annually collaborates with the United Nations Organization to bring a conference regarding an International UN Day, giving young people the opportunity to express their visions regarding a selected topic under an underarching theme, in one of various panels lead by selected speakers who are specially invited for the occasion and specialized in the particular area of debate.

Panels

 

ENGLISH PANEL: Legal Solutions for the European refugees crisis

Europe is facing the biggest flow of migrants since the Second World War. The crisis in the Middle East forces people to leave their countries and look for safety and a better life abroad. How can we ensure in compliance with the legal system that everybody is fair treated and that his rights and liberties are respected? It is unquestionable that we have to adapt our immigration law and standards, but how can this be done?

FRENCH PANEL: Living conditions and health status of refugees around the world

Refugees are leaving their homes even sometimes their whole families for different reasons, from having a safe life to providing for their families. Often they are persecuted because of their faith or origin. The journey they undertake is a dangerous one, sometimes crossing by sea from one continent to another and other times by land, through dessert and dangerous roads: their health is therefore put in jeopardy. Once they get to their destinations, the living conditions are very poor even inside camps, and a good health is hard to ensure. How can states and UN bodies provide better living standards and ensure a proper health care to all of them?

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