SIMN’s Director of International Policy Participated as Panelist at the Briefing “Migration’s Contributions to Prosperity, Development and International Unity”

The International Policy Director’s participation gained advocacy efforts from the NGO Relations & Advocacy Section of the United Nations Department of Public Information.

New York, April 12, 2018 – The Scalabrini International Migration Network, represented by the Director of International Policy, Kevin Appleby participated as a panelist at a briefing organized by the Department of Public Information and NGOs. With the title “Migration’s Contributions to Prosperity, Development and International Unity,” the briefing took place on April 19th, 2018. NGOs and the United Nations Department of Public Information work together spreading the word about the work and agenda of the UN while assisting associated organizations to network globally, build their communication skills, acquire and utilize best practices, collect information, disseminate information about the UN agenda, and more effectively carry out their work. 

The main objective of this briefing was to highlight the challenges and benefits of migration, featuring a discussion on the broader contributions of migratory flows to global economic growth, innovation and sustainable development.

The briefing also offered a unique opportunity to interact and network with representatives of civil society, academia, business communities, and Member States working on similar issues. DPI/NGO Briefings are open to all NGO representatives, who are encouraged to participate in the extensive question-and-answer segment of the Briefing.

About SIMN – SIMN is supporting more than 250 Scalabrinian centers, shelters and programs that are providing lodging, food, training and employment programs; psychological and religious services; protection to victims of human trafficking and support in the integration process to migrants, refugees and seafarers in five continents. In 2017, for example, Scalabrinian Centers have supported 136,319 migrants and refugees and 227,785 seafarers around the world. SIMN is also supporting a network of schools providing education, school supplies, and food, (possibly their only meal of the day) to thousands of needy children. In addition, SIMN is an accredited Non-Governmental Organization at the United Nations, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Organization of American States (OAS) and from this perspective is providing research and support for regional and global policies to protect and promote the dignity and the rights of migrants and their families.