Topic: Youth Migration and Development: Towards Sustainable Solutions
The United Nations Focal Point on Youth is organizing a Google+ Hangout on 6 March 2013 at 11:00 AM EST. The Hangout will be hosted at the UN Google+ account at gplus.to/unitednations
The web-based event will offer an opportunity for young people, the UN and member states to discuss the issue of youth migration and development. Youth (15-35 years) will have the opportunity to ask questions related to strategies for enhancing the development potential of youth migration while mitigating associated risk in the migration process (i.e. pre-departure/departure, in-transit, arrival, post arrival, return or no return). Further, it aims to explore the nexus between youth migration and key issues such as access to basic social services, social integration, remittances, migrant rights, the post 2015 development agenda and environmental change.
The Google+ Hangout will also feature a 15-minute live Q&A session with the panellists. Tweet your questions for panellists to @UN4Youth using #youthmigration, post your questions on the UNyouthyear Facebook page or submit your questions in the comment section below.
Panellists for this Google + Hangout include: Bela Hovy, Chief. Migration Section. Population Division. UN/DESA; Jo Rispoli, Regional Specialist on Labour Migration/Migration and Development (East and Southern Africa), IOM Regional Office, Pretoria; Daniel Pettersson, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations; Lonneke van Zundert, Youth representative and Dynka Amorim, young immigrant activist and founder of Bué Fixe Magazine.
Hangout - submit your questions in the commenting system space below. Please introduce yourself when you post a comment by indicating your Name (first name & initial of last name if preferred), Age, Sex, Country and Youth Organisation (if any). We welcome comments in English, Spanish and French and have installed a Google translate for translation purposes (see above).
Meet the panellist:
Jo Rispoli has worked for IOM since 2002. He is currently based in Pretoria, South Africa, as the Regional Thematic Specialist for Southern and East Africa for the Labour Migration and Human Development (LHD) Division, where he is responsible for strategic planning, reviewing and endorsing proposals, as well as providing technical and policy guidance and training to governments, IOM offices, and other stakeholders in Southern and East Africa.
For nearly nine years, Jo worked as Head of the Technical Cooperation Department and International Programme Manager for IOM’s mission in Ghana. His responsibilities included the management of a wide range of migration programmes, including labour migration, migration and development, assisted voluntary return and reintegration, counter-trafficking, irregular migration, and policy development.
Bela Hovy heads the Migration Section, Population Division at United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Section estimates migration trends, produces technical reports, supports intergovernmental processes on migration, organizes meetings, and builds migration capacities. Before that Mr. Hovy was in charge of statistics at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, and worked for the United Nations in Cameroun. He holds an advanced degree in human geography from Utrecht University and has studied development economics. He has authored numerous reports and articles on migration, refugees and asylum.
Lonneke van Zundert is originally from the Netherlands, has been living in Brussels, Bangladesh and currently resides in Hong Kong. She has completed her Msc degree International Economic Development at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and graduated with high distinction from the European Micro Finance Program at Solvay Business School/ULB in Belgium. Besides her development experience with BRAC and other NGO's in Bangladesh she has worked the past 4 years for the Dutch Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong on immigrations related matters.
Dynka Amorim dos Santos began his journey as a youth advocate in 2003 when he started a youth movement focused on preventing STIs/HIV/AIDS in his hometown of São Tomé and Príncipe. He went on to co-found and serve as coordinator of “Bué Fixe”(meaning “very cool”), an STI/HIV/AIDS prevention program.
In 2005, Dynka became an active member of the not-for-profit Citizens of the World, which advocates on behalf of African migrants, for access to human, social, cultural and economic rights and services in Portugal.
Dynka later became a radio producer, addressing the plight of young migrants in Africa and providing active and critical discussions on diverse issues such as environmental policies, human rights, social inclusion, youth activism and STI/HIV/AIDS prevention.
Daniel Pettersson, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in New York