International Migrants Day: 18 December
International Migrants Day was observed across the world on 18 December 2013. The number if international migrant worldwide has reached 232 million in 2013.
The Secretary General of UN put forward an ambitious eight point agenda in his report to the General Assembly to “make migration work” for all: for all: migrants, societies of origin and societies of destination alike.
About International Migrants Day
The UN General Assembly on 4 December 2000 took into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world and proclaimed 18 December as the International Migrants Day. The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families was adopted by the General Assembly on 18 December 1990.
The Member States of UN, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations observe the international Migrants Day through dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, through sharing the experiences and the design of actions to ensure the protection of the migrants.
The member states unanimously adopted a declaration on October 2013 recognizing the contribution of migration to development at the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development. They have also called on for cooperation to address the challenged of irregular migration and to facilitate safe, order and regular migration. A need to respect the human rights of migrants and to promote international labour standards was emphasized in the declaration.
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