23 April 2018, GENEVA - The Arab Italian Centre for the Mediterranean (Italy), Solidascension (Franec) and the Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation (Hungary) have signed and endorsed the 2017 Geneva Declaration entitled “Mobility and human solidarity, a challenge and an opportunity for Europe and the MENA region”. The President of the Arab Italian Centre for the Mediterranean Mr Raimondo Schiavone, the President of Solidascension Mr. Hacen Mohammedi and the President of the Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation  Mr. Deen Gibril have become the 20th, 21st and 22nd co-signatories respectively of the Declaration.

As of 23 April 2018, the Geneva Declaration has been signed by the following civil society organizations and migration specialists from the Arab region, Africa and Europe. Co-signatories of the declaration stand as follows:

- (1) H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue;

- (2) H. E. Ambassador Idriss Jazairy, Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue;

- (3) Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo, Secretary General of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC);

- (4) Dr. Roberto Savio, Founder and President Emeritus of Inter Press Service (IPS). Director for International Relations of the European Centre for Peace and Development;

- (5) H. E. Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann, Permanent Observer of the Sovereign Order of Malta;

- (6) Dr. Alfred de Zayas, United Nations Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order;

- (7) Mr. Edouard Rodier, Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Europe Office (NRC);

- (8) H. E. Ambassador George Papadatos, Head of the European Public Law Mission in Geneva;

- (9) Mr. Ramesh Jaura, President of the Global Cooperation Council and the Director General Chief Editor of the International Press Syndicate;

- (10) Mr. Halle Jørn Hanssen, journalist and author based in Norway;

- (11) Mr. David Koros, Director of the African Centre Against Torture (ACAT);

- (12) Dr. Oreste Foppiani, Head of the Department of International Relations and Associate Professor of International History & Politics at Webster University; 

- (13) Ms. Ngoneh Panneh, Founder and President of Citizens United Switzerland;

- (14) Prof. Dr Negoslav P. Ostojić, Executive Director of the ECPD UN University for Peace;

- (15) Ms. Samar Muhareb, CEO of Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development;

- (16) Reverend Mike Deeb, Permanent Delegate of the Dominican Order to the United Nations;

- (17) Dr. Ibrahima Guissé, CEO of Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO);

- (18) Mr. Joseph Désiré Zebaze, National Coordinator of the Cameroon Network of Human Rights Organizations;

- (19) Mr. Manou Nabara Hamidou, President of Jeunesse-Enfance-Migration-Développement (JMED);

- (20) Mr Raimondo Schiavone, President of the Arab Italian Centre for the Mediterranean;

- (21) Mr. Hacen Mohammedi, President of Solidascension;

- (22) Mr. Deen Gibril, President of the Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation.

The Geneva Declaration is the fruit of a panel debate entitled “Migration and human solidarity, a challenge and an opportunity for Europe and the MENA region” that was organized on 14 December 2017 at the United Nations Office at Geneva.

The objective of this declaration is to highlight that States and decision-makers in the Arab region and the West are morally and legally bound to enhance human mobility. It behoves them to respond with a unified voice to the tragedy of those millions of people on the move in in the Middle East and North Africa region.

It also calls upon all States to contribute to the realization of the Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees. These frameworks were identified in the 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migration as concrete action points to be taken by global decision-makers to identify a “framework for comprehensive international cooperation on migrants and human mobility” which will be adopted by the UN in the course of 2018.

A copy of the 2017 Geneva Declaration will be submitted to the Director General of the International Organization for Migration, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Human Rights as well as to the UN Secretary General.

The declaration can be downloaded at:  2017 Mobility and Human Solidarity Geneva Declaration

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