This year, as governments meet in Athens for the 3rd GFMD, CSOs that have been monitoring the process will again be organizing the People’s Global Action together with the local groups in Athens.  The Peoples’ Global Action (PGA) is an independent civil society event parallel to the 3rd Global Forum on Migration and Development to be held from 1-5 November 2009. The PGA will bring together groups from round the world to share information dialogue, strengthen their analysis and develop joint positions on current and emerging issues on migration. The PGA also provides essential space for lobbying and pressuring governments and international bodies to look at migration from a human rights perspective and to make governments accountable to their international human rights and development commitments. Furthermore, PGA paves the way for capacity building and establishment and widening networks.

Discussions are centered on human rights as the basis for development and explores from a rights-based perspective, the full range of issues involved in migration, including the underlying problems of poverty and injustice, and how CSOs can decisively address these.

Since the 2007 GFMD, there has been not much improvement in terms of the mechanism, structure and discussion around migration and development. Still, migration is being understood through the lens of economic gains, a position that is contrary to the perspectives of migrants and CSOs.

The PGA will be held from 1-5 November in Athens, Greece. Activities would include workshops, public actions and demonstrations and side meetings. Prior to the PGA, a series of activities will also be held to popularize the event. To

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