On 21 Feb 2018, EJN’s adviser, Bill Orme, addressed an informal hearing at the United Nations as part of the preparatory process for an international conference for migration to adopt a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.
The session was opened by the President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák and also heard from Louise Arbour, Secretary-General of the intergovernmental conference to adopt the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.
The first panel of the session focused on the importance of quality and disaggregated data, including looking at the common misperceptions around migration including the use of facts and how migration is being portrayed.
The second panel, which was moderated by Michele Klein-Solomon, Senior Policy Adviser to the Director General of IOM, addressed the “challenge of inaccurate narratives about migration” focusing on the role of media and the need to work in partnership to encourage an evidence-based debate about migration. The discussion considered practical ways media can contribute to shaping the debate around migration and avoid misinformation.