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ICMPD Around the Globe: ICMPD’s Director General is high-level panellist at a 73rd UN General Assembly Session side-event

28 September 2018

ICMPD Director Michael Spindelegger and Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on International Migration, Louise Arbour


At the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, ICMPD co-hosted the high-level panel debate “Giving Voice to Evidence – Overcoming a Distorted Narrative on Migration and Moving Towards Evidence Based Migration Policy Development”.

The high-level discussion was aimed at reflecting on opportunities for evidence based migration policy-making in light of a more balanced narrative on migration, through engagement with the media and the public. Co-hosted by Malta, Tunisia, France, the European Union and ICMPD, the panellists were: 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, Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Hon. Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta opened the conference, while Ms Louise Arbour, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on International Migration, shared opening remarks with the panel.

“News is often presented as black and white. In order to change this two years ago, Malta in the framework of its EU Presidency, with the support of ICMPD, has established the Migration Media Award, to support those journalists who look beyond the black and white narrative. We think this is an important initiative”, said Michael Spindelegger.

ICMPD has been an active supporter of balancing the migration narrative throughout the past years, in particular within the framework of the Euromed Migration Project and the Mediterranean Coordination Office, located in Malta.