For One Billion People on the Move, an Agenda for Justice is a Call for Community.
We rarely get the chance to appreciate our impact on the global debate over effective migration policy; our local work has been important, but problems facing moving populations worldwide can sometimes seem totally overwhelming. Still, with a careful eye out for happenings in the international arena, it’s refreshing to notice the much needed activity going on at the United Nations regarding the role of global migration in sustainable development. Among other things, the creation of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda could serve as a progressive action plan for the United States on challenges facing immigration and ethnic plurality.
Recently, I attended a conference at the UN for youth from grassroots organizations to learn about some early proposals for items on the agenda. While the issues tackled by panelists at the discussion were wide-ranging, they only narrowly touched upon migration and what a sustainable future for migrants should look like. Away from the panel and speaking with other audience members however, I noted a deep interest in La Fuente’s civic participation work and other avenues for better policies of inclusion.
The national and international presence represented at the conference was highly encouraging. Youth representatives from places like Colombia, Kansas, and Germany attended; each one experiencing migration in a different way in their home setting. A common conviction held by youth in the group and promoted briefly in the panel discussion was that a multilateral approach is needed to support migrants, destination countries, and departure countries if we want to achieve true sustainability. Sustainable goals need social justice.Add a comment