Participation of Stephen Kingah at the 7th Meeting of the UNU Migration Network (UNU-MN), Barcelona
The UNU-MN was created on 12 June 2013 as a platform that brings together and coordinates the work done by UNU institutes bearing on migration. Currently six UNU institutes are members of the network (UNU-MERIT or the Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Institute on Innovation and Technology; UNU-CRIS which is the UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies based in Bruges; EHS or the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn; GCM meaning the UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility based on Barcelona; IIGH which stands for the UNU International Institute for Global Health in Kuala Lumpur; and IAS which is the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability).
All the institutes are represented in the network by focal points serving as conveyor belts of ideas between their respective centers and the UNU-MN. The network has been active and engaged in critical developments pertaining to migration. In December 2015 it released an important statement expressing a more humane and sterling position about the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. Other activities of the network have been on cooperation in applying for and executing specific projects including one on the Pacific. Since its founding the network has been coordinated by UNU-GCM. From February 2016 this coordination task will pass on to UNU-MERIT based in the Netherlands.
UNU-CRIS is a founding and active member of the UNU-MN. It organized the network’s 5th meeting that was held in Bruges on 17 October 2014.