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The 17th session will take place at the Palais Wilson in the first floor Conference Room.

All observers wishing to attend the session must be duly registered.

All observers wishing to attend the session should fill out the Conference Registration Form in full (available in PDF and Word) and send it by e-mail to the Secretary of CMW at cmw@ohchr.org.

To receive the ground pass, all applicants are required to bring the signed original of the Conference Registration Form, a valid national passport or government issued photo ID, and appear in person at Palais des Nations, Security Entrance, Prégny Gate, 8 - 14 Avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva 10. The office hours are 8.00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please note that applicants must bring their passports (or government issued photo ID) every time they wish to enter UN premises.

All requests for registration should reach OHCHR two weeks in advance of the session at the latest, i.e., by 24 August 2012. Applicants who submit illegible or incomplete forms may not be registered. Please note that OHCHR will not provide letters of invitation to observers to attend CMW sessions for the purposes of obtaining visas and that it is unable to assist with travel and/or accommodation costs.

The Committee accepts written submissions by non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders on the implementation of the Convention by States parties. Organizations that wish to submit information to the Committee may do so by e-mail to the Secretary of the Committee at cmw@ohchr.org in Word format, indicating whether or not the information may be published on the CMW website.

Written submissions should address as briefly and precisely as possible the main human rights issues arising under the articles of the Convention affecting migrant workers and members of their families in the State party concerned, as well as migrant workers and members of their families from that State party who live abroad. Written submissions should be prepared with a view to assisting the Committee in formulating targeted conclusions and recommendations, as well as lists of issues, and in the case of lists of issues prior to reporting, in identifying the central issues to be addressed in the State party’s subsequent periodic report. Written submissions by external parties will not be published as official UN documents and, therefore, will not be translated by the UN Secretariat. If the authors wish to ensure that their submissions are read and understood by all members of the Committee, they may wish to assume responsibility for translating their submissions into the Committee’s working languages, i.e., English, French and Spanish.

Representatives of non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders may also provide information orally on the States parties under consideration directly to the Committee in public meeting and/or at informal meetings scheduled for this purpose. Organizations wishing to provide oral briefings should contact the Secretary of CMW. Participants making oral interventions in public meeting should bring with them 20 copies of their statements for distribution to the Committee experts and interpreters.

For additional information, please contact:
Mr. Jakob Schneider
Secretary of the Committee on Migrant Workers
Human Rights Treaties Division
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR-UNOG)
Palais Wilson (1-032)
CH-1211 Geneva 10
email: cmw@ohchr.org


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Programme of work


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The Committee will hold the following dialogues during the session:

Written information should be submitted before 7 September 2012

State report


Core documents and State reports

Lists of Issues and written replies*
Information from other sources*
Delegation lists and statements*

Concluding Observations

Follow-up information
Tuesday 11 September, 15:00-18:00 & Wednesday 12 September, 10:00-13:00


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Second periodic report


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Monday 10 September, 15:00- 18:00 & Tuesday 11 September, 10:00-13:00

Initial report


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*Available in English and/or the original language.

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