Thursday, December 18, 2008
On 4 December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December International Migrants Day (resolution 55/93). On that day, in 1990, the Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (resolution 45/158). Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations are invited to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection. A/RES/377(V) For links to these resolutions, click here.
For the third consecutive year Radio 18-12 has organized a global radio marathon with support of UNESCO and other sponsors on the occasion of International Migrants Day. Radio broadcasters from over the world have been invited to produce, broadcast and share programmes to celebrate achievements of migration and to ask attention for a proper treatment of migrants. The international community has chosen 18 December as International Migrants Day to highlight their contribution to the development of the host countries and their homelands, to promote their rights and to ensure that their opinions are heard. The first edition of the radio marathon was organized in 2006 by Radio 18-12. Over 50 radio stations participated in the event broadcasting in more than 25 countries. This year more than 113 radio stations in 38 countries participate, emphasizing the important contribution of migrants to society. For more information, see the website of Radio1812: www.radio1812.net