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International Migrants' Day 2020- #StandUp4Migrants



On 18 December we celebrate International Migrants’ Day. On this occasion, UN Human Rights will launch #StandUp4Migrants – a campaign and online toolbox on how to change the way we speak about migrants and migration

UN Human Rights hopes you will all join us to stand up for the human rights of migrants and tell a new story, one that paints a hopeful picture of the future we share. 

The campaign will illustrate ways in which everyone can contribute to narrative change and elevate the voices of migrants, the communities that welcome them and those who defend their rights. The toolbox offers a step-by-step guide with information, practical activities and inspirational examples on how to shift harmful narratives on migration. 

We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you that have contributed to the development of this toolbox, for your generous time and sharing your knowledge and experience with us over the past years. 

We hope that together, we will be able to encourage and empower more people to stand up for migrants’ human rights with greater impact. 


Campaign website: https://www.standup4humanrights.org/migration/en/

UN Human Rights will feature a range of video and web stories of migrants and those who stand up for their human rights.  

  • Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to listen to the stories and share them using the hashtag #StandUp4Migrants.
  • Do you have any stories about migrants and migration that inspire hope and positive action? Share them with us using the hashtag #StandUp4Migrants.


Toolbox website: https://www.standup4humanrights.org/migration/en/toolbox.html

The steps on our website provide ideas on how to move away from harmful narratives on migration. Find more information, activities and examples in the downloadable PDFs.

  • Check out our toolbox and share it with your friends and networks. 
  • Share your examples of how you are changing the way we speak about migrants and migration using #StandUp4Migrants.


#StandUp4Migrants – telling more hopeful stories on migration

UN Human Rights in the field, such as the Regional Offices for Europe, South-East Asia, and Country Office in Mexico will be celebrating with us and sharing stories of local connections and of migrants and those who stand up for their rights.

  • Follow UN Human Rights field offices and share the stories 


#StandUp4Migrants in 2021:

UN Human Rights will continue running #StandUp4Migrants throughout 2021. We look forward to collaborating with you and building partnerships to amplify the volume of hope-and values-based narratives and to achieve greater impact together. 

  • Keep following our campaign website and social media channels for new content.
  • Use the ideas and activities in the toolbox in your work on migration. Share your experiences with us, we’d love to receive your feedback.
  • Are you enthusiastic about narrative change work on migration? Get in touch with us, we’d love to hear more about your plans and possibilities for partnership.
  • Build stories of “us” and continue standing up for migrants.
Event Date: 
Friday, December 18, 2020 - 00:00
Organiser or Host: 

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People



  • Tuesday, 8 December 2020
  • 10:30 -12.00 CEST

Live webcast: http://webtv.un.org/. 


Provisional programme:

  1. Introduction by Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office 
  2. Statement for the Day by Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, read out by the Secretary-General’s representative, Director-General Ms. Tatiana Valovaya
  3. Representative of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People
  4. Representative of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories
  5. Representative of the League of Arab States
  6. Representative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
  7. Representative of the Non-Aligned Movement
  8. Representative of the African Union
  9. Representative of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (TBC)
  10. Representative of the Non-Governmental Organizations accredited to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People
  11. Representative of the State of Palestine

Messages: Announcement of messages or statements for the Day received from Heads of State or Government

Event Date: 
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 10:30 to 12:00
Organiser or Host: 
Live webcast

South Sudan: IDP participation in peacebuilding and reconciliation


  • Thursday December 10, 2020
  • 10.00-12.30 EAT | 08.00-10.30 GVA | 14.00-16-30 BKK


To register: Click here


Keynote speakers and presenters:

  • H.E Rebecca Nyandeng, Vice President for Gender and Youth Cluster, Republic of South Sudan
  • Ms. Cecilia Jimenez-Damary Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons
  • Ms. Maartje Hofs Senior Officer-West Africa, Search for Common Ground
  • H.E Stephen Par Kuol Minister for Peacebuilding 
  • H.E Ayaa Benjamin Warille Minister for Gender, Child and Social Welfare
  • Hon. Gatwech Peter Kulang Undersecretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management
  • H.E. Dr. Albino Bor, Minister for Youth and Sports

The webinar aims to build on the momentum attained in the implementation of the R-ARCSS to reinforce a rights-based approach in implementation of durable solutions by convening high-level government officials and experts, humanitarian, development and peacebuilding actors, donors, academia, National Human Rights organisations, Civil Society Organisations, and refugees and IDPs to examine how to advance participation of refugees, IDPs and returnees in the implementation of the R-ARCSS, and to explore solutions to challenges in the implementation.






Event Date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 08:00 to 10:30
Organiser or Host: 

Launch of the GP20 Compilation of Experiences and Lessons Learned on Preventing, Addressing and Resolving Internal Displacement.


When: Monday 23 November at 15:00-17:00 CET

Online meeting link will be shared shortly


The GP20 Compilation is the final report of the GP20 initiative and gathers the best wisdom on internal displacement shared and generated over the three-year lifespan of GP20. Over 20 country examples of policy and operational practice with lessons learned and recommendations are included in the report, which will be launched at this event.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, will moderate the event. Three speakers will also share lessons from their first-hand experience with examples of good practice in the report.


More information

See the event concept note

GP20 Special Feature  included in the latest issue of Forced Migration Review published yesterday. This is a collection of 8 articles with reflections and good practices on internal displacement from various partners and stakeholders who engaged in GP20 activities.  



Event Date: 
Monday, November 23, 2020 - 15:00 to 17:00
Organiser or Host: 
GP20 Co-Chairs, UNHCR and OCHA