Events and Activities


Launch of #StandUp4Migrants campaign and toolbox on International Migrants’ Day, 18 December 2020
To challenge harmful narratives on migration, UN Human Rights launched #StandUp4Migrants, urgently calling for a new narrative, one that paints a more hopeful picture of the future we share. A narrative that creates a brighter future for migrants and communities, puts human rights at the centre, and evokes solidarity, not division.

Intersessional seminar on human rights and internally displaced persons, 29 October 2020
The intersessional seminar was requested by the Human Rights Council and aimed to follow up on the implementation of the Plan of Action for Advancing Prevention, Protection and Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons 2018–2020 to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.


UN Forum on Business and Human Rights Event: The economics of hate – the role of business in ensuring ethical advertising, 26 November 2019
The UN Secretary General recognised that fear is the “best-selling brand in the world today… It gets ratings. It wins votes. It generates clicks”. As over $600 billion are spent on advertising globally every year, participants from the media, business and advertising sectors joined with OHCHR to discuss how advertisers and business can tackle the ‘business model of hate’ through a more conscious approach to advertising.

Roundtable on confronting hate in our societies and reshaping narratives on migration, 10 July 2019
In light of the increasing work being carried out to confront hate in our societies and to address toxic narratives on migration, the UN Human Rights Office hosted a roundtable discussion with a number of actors to learn from each other’s challenges and successes, to identify innovate ways to reframe narratives and to find ways to better collaborate and support each other.

Side event on Migration: building a new vision of governance based on human rights and solidarity, 16 September 2019
During the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council, Member States, UN agencies, civil society and other stakeholders discussed how to reframe the narrative on migrants and build a new vision of migration governance based on human rights and solidarity.


Stand-Up for Migrants Comedy Event, 20 December 2018
OHCHR, together with the City of Geneva, the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs of Switzerland and Amnesty International hosted Stand-Up For Migrants, a comedy event to create a space for a broad audience to come together in shared creativity, discussion and laughter in order to celebrate migrants and the communities that welcome them, to build a narrative on migration which is based on our shared values and common humanity. The event featured an episode of the award-winning podcast The Guilty Feminist, and comedians Thomas Wiesel, Deborah Frances-White, Charles Nouveau, Evelyn Mok, Bruno Peki, Noman Hosni and Hari Kondabolu.

Expert Meeting on the human rights of migrants in the context of return, 6 March 2018
In recent years, the topic of return has become increasingly prominent in migration governance discussions. Return has been promoted as the “preferred option” and an essential aspect of a “well-managed migration policy”, largely because of its presumed, though largely unproven, deterrent effect on irregular migration, and other assumptions such as the links between returns and well-functioning asylum systems. Globally, the number of people subject to returns has been increasing, and States are prioritising return over other available policy options such as regularisation or expanded regular migration pathways. In the view of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), current return practices lead to a number of serious human rights concerns. With this expert meeting, OHCHR seeks to better understand the human rights consequences, State obligations, and possible remedies in the context of current return practices.


UN Forum on Business and Human Rights Event: Promoting inclusion and countering anti-migrant narratives: Leveraging the role of business, 27 November 2017
During the 2017 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and Stop Funding Hate hosted a session on Promoting inclusion and countering anti-migrant narratives: Leveraging the role of business. Speakers from Ben and Jerry’s, IKEA, Oxfam and Stop Funding Hate engaged the audience in a discussion around what role business can play in challenging anti-migrant narratives and how they can contribute to promoting inclusion.

Expert Meeting on building partnerships to counter anti-migrant narratives, 11 May 2017
Messages of xenophobia targeting migrants are increasingly becoming part of political and public discussions, creating a climate of fear and intolerance. On 11 May 2017, experts and activists came together to talk about what could be done to combat negative narratives and stand up for the rights of migrant.

Human Rights Council enhanced interactive dialogue on the human rights of migrants in the context of large movements, 10 March 2017
On 10 March 2017 the Human Rights Council held an enhanced interactive dialogue on “The human rights of migrants in the context of large movements” at its thirty-fourth session, with the participation of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and other members of the Global Migration Group.


High-level dialogue on responding to large movements of refugees and migrants: human rights protection, labour market options and a Global Compact for Migration, 20 July 2016
OHCHR convened a high-level dialogue together with ILO, IOM and the Platform for Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) to raise the profile of the human rights of migrants and to explore a range of issues related to the protection and promotion of the human rights of migrants. The event was held in preparation for the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants, which took place in September 2016 at the UN General Assembly and was organized in collaboration with the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants and with the support of the Government of Switzerland and the Global Migration Group.

Expert Roundtable on shaping the public narrative on migration, 21 April 2016
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights organized a one-day expert roundtable on the theme “Changing the public narrative on migration: promoting tolerance and confronting xenophobia against migrants”, to discuss the way that migrants and migration are being framed in the public narrative, and to examine possible collaborative efforts to re-frame the current toxic narrative on this issue.