On 24 February 2020, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development’s Director General was a panelist at the High-Level Panel Discussion “A New Balanced Narrative on Migration – Attaining rights-based migration policy through a balanced public debate on migration” in Geneva.
The event took place within the 43rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council and was co-organised with Malta, the Permanent Mission of the Arab Republic of Egypt, with the support of the European Union in framework of Euromed Migration Programme, which is implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).
Panelists discussed ways to enable policy makers and international actors to better respect human rights as enshrined in international law in the development of migration policies by fostering a less polarized and evidence-based public debate on migration.
Director General Spindelegger highlighted the importance of good communication and proper information sharing. Furthermore, he conveyed the potential of positive stories and reporting in shaping the narrative on migration.
ICMPD is an international organisation with 17 Member States, a mission in Brussels and regional offices and representatives throughout Europe, Northern Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Its purpose is to promote innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies and to function as a service exchange mechanism for governments and organisations. It receives funding from its Member States, the European Commission, the UN and other multilateral institutions, as well as bilateral donors.