Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development 2013

Date: Friday, May 31, 2013


Mr. Yoshiteru Uramoto, Regional Director, ILO, Bangkok, H.E. Mr. Padremchai Sasomsap, Minister of Labour, Thailand, and Mr. Ashley William Gois, Regional Coordinator, Migrant Forum in Asia at the opening ceremony. Photo credit: Siriporn Laosang / UN Women

The Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development 2013  took place in Bangkok on 29-31 June 2013. The Asia-Pacific RPM, organized by Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Mechanism Thematic Working Group on International Migration including Trafficking, serves as a platform for government agencies, civil society and international organizations to exchange information and identify issues and challenges on migration in Asia and the Pacific region.

Ms. Sepalika Samankumari Rajapaksha Pathirage, Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Sri Lanka, participating the puzzle game during the luncheon event. Photo credit: Siriporn Laosang / UN Women

UN Women along with UNFPA and UNICEF co-organized a roundtable discussion entitled “Addressing the gender dimensions of the international migration and their impact on women, children and families” on 30 June. In the RT, Dr. Nicola Piper , author of UN Women’s Asia Pacific Regional Office’s new publication entitled Contribution of Migrant Domestic Workers to Sustainable Development  shared with the audience insightful findings and recommendations in her presentation entitled The Gender-Migration-Development Nexus – Its Social Implication . The roundtable drew strong attention of government representatives, civil society and international organizations on importance of gender dimension in migration and implications to families of the migrants. The particular gender dimensions in migration and impact on women, children and families in the Asia Pacific region are highlighted in the report of the meeting serving as a key regional input feeding into the High-level Dialogue on International Migration on Development to be held in New York on 3-4 October 2013.

As part of the event, the Domestic Workers’ Rap  calling for recognition of domestic work as work and a better protection of the rights of domestic workers was featured in a luncheon event on 31 June. The Rap was among other activities such as live stream of community radio, puzzle game and talk show, made available in partnership of UN Women, ILO and CSOs including MFA, IDWN, APWLD, MMN and MAP.


Dr. Nicola Piper, University of Sydney, H.E. Ms. Imelda Nicolas, Cabinet-level Secretary/Chairperson, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Office of the President of the Philippines, and Dr. Bao Xiang, University of Oxford at the Roundtable “Addressing the gender dimensions of the international migration and their impact on women, children and families”. Photo credit: Siriporn Laosang / UN Women


Domestic Worker's Rap. Photo credit: Siriporn Laosang / UN Women