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Global Consular Forum Adopts 1st Statement on Global Consular Cooperation

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SEOUL, Oct. 27 (Yonhap) — The Global Consular Forum (GCF) adopted a statement on Thursday, documenting countries’ resolve for closer cooperation on consular issues, the first statement adopted by the high-level government body since it was launched in 2013.

The GCF, which aims to better protect tourists and residents in foreign countries, adopted the Seoul Consensus Statement on Consular Cooperation at the closing of its three-day gathering in the city of Songdo, west of Seoul. It was the third meeting of the GCF since its inaugural gathering in London.

Senior consular officials from 33 countries including the U.S., China, Japan, France and Britain joined the global forum. Also, 19 international organizations and private companies such as South Korean mobile telephone operators and airlines joined to discuss their contribution to improving consular services.

The participating countries shared their understanding for international collaboration in providing better consular services to their nationals traveling or residing in foreign countries, especially amid an increasing number of cross-border threats by terrorists and natural disasters.

The countries committed to enhancing multilateral cooperation in key areas like promoting safe travel culture, responding to crises and disasters, and providing consular services to migrant workers, according to the statement,

They also agreed to focus on the GCF format in further strengthening consular cooperation.

“We note that 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations coming into force in 1967. The convention enables and facilitates the delivery of consular services,” a copy of the statement read. “Meetings of the (Global Consular) forum provide an opportunity to discuss the past and future benefits and challenges in the practical implementation of the convention.”

The Vienna Convention, an international treaty ratified by 179 countries, allows consuls to operate in host countries to protect the interests of their countrymen and deepen bilateral relations between host and sending countries.

On the sidelines of the latest forum, South Korea held bilateral talks with senior consular officials from Britain, Mongolia, the Philippines and Mexico.

“The forum has provided an opportunity to share experiences and opinions of many countries on the consular field and its development,” said South Korea’s Ambassador for Overseas Koreans and Consular Affairs Han Dong-man, who also co-chaired the forum.

“Officials from international organizations and private companies joined the forum for the first time to discuss ways they could contribute to consular services. Their participation has been very meaningful,” he said

Also see: http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2016/10/27/0200000000AEN20161027009400315.html?input=rss

The United States and the Philippines Launch Global Guidelines to Protect Migrants

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June 13, 2016

(Washington, DC) On June 10, 2016, under the leadership of the United States and the Republic of the Philippines, the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative published the “Global Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict or Natural Disaster.”  The initiative was co-led by the United States and the Republic of the Philippines and, recognizing that no country is immune to conflict or natural disaster, publication of the guidelines follows two years of consultations with governments in all regions of the world and with a wide range of private sector employers, civil society, diaspora and migrant organizations.  Expert input and promising practices were incorporated into this set of Guidelines that promote the principles of saving lives, call for migrants to get assistance in emergencies without discrimination, and foster respect for the human rights of migrants, regardless of immigration status.

The United States and the Republic of the Philippines will formally launch the Guidelines at the United Nations (UN) in New York on June 15 and in Geneva on June 28.  The MICIC Initiative is supported by a working group of representatives.  In addition to the United States and the Philippines, other group members represented Australia, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, the European Commission, the International Organization for Migration, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for International Migration, the International Center for Migration Policy Development, and Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration.

For more information contact  or go to http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2016/06/258415.htm

WorldReach at MICIC in Costa Rica, Feb. 17-18, 2016

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February 16, 2016

(Ottawa, ON) WorldReach Software has been invited to speak at the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative Regional Consultation for Latin America on 17-18 February 2016 in San José, Costa Rica.

The MICIC Initiative is a government-led effort created following the 2nd UN High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in October 2013 in New York. The overarching aim of the MICIC Initiative is to improve the ability of States and other stakeholders to prepare for and respond to the needs of migrants caught in countries experiencing crisis, whether as a result of conflict or natural disaster, including by protecting their rights and dignity and alleviating suffering.

Regional consultations aim to facilitate the development of MICIC global guidelines by building consensus on approaches to be followed by governments and other international actors to protect migrants in countries in crisis and strengthen preparedness.

Calling upon WorldReach’s decades of consular best practices experience, Steven Grant, Director of Business Development, has been asked to speak on “Consular Crisis Management Systems” as it relates to the pre-crisis phase.

More than 25 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean have been invited to participate in this important global event.

For more information about the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative, please visit: http://micicinitiative.iom.int/.

 

About WorldReach Software

WorldReach Software helps ensure traveller safety and security worldwide through its systems for both government consular organizations as well as individual travellers. WorldReach Software supplies consular, passport and eVisa/Electronic Travel Authorization software and fosters best practices used by more than 3000 daily users in over 950 sites, making it the leading company providing global consular software solutions for Foreign Affairs. Customers include government ministries and departments from Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Ireland, Denmark, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands. For more information please visit: www.worldreach.com

Press contact:

Shelley Bryen, WorldReach Software,   (613) 742-6482

WorldReach at MICIC in Geneva, Dec. 2-3, 2015

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December 1, 2015

(Ottawa, ON) WorldReach Software has been invited to participate in the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative Private Sector Consultation on 2-3 December 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland, hosted by the United States of America at the Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, in cooperation with the Philippines.

The MICIC Initiative was launched by the United States and the Philippines to improve the ability of States and other actors, including the private sector, to prepare for and respond to the needs of migrants (non-citizens) caught in countries experiencing crises, whether as a result of conflict or natural disaster.

The final outcome of the MICIC Initiative will be a voluntary, non-binding document articulating principles, guidelines, and effective practices for States and other stakeholders to prepare for, respond to, and help migrants and communities recover from crises. These guidelines are also intended to address concerns and objectives of private sector actors as well — to minimize costs, maintain loyalty, promote CSR, and facilitate business continuity. WorldReach’s experience providing consular software services worldwide is expected to make an invaluable contribution to the development of these outcomes.

For more information about the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative, please visit: http://micicinitiative.iom.int/ .

 

About WorldReach Software

WorldReach Software helps ensure traveller safety and security worldwide through its systems for both government consular organizations as well as individual travellers. WorldReach Software supplies consular, passport and eVisa/Electronic Travel Authorization software and fosters best practices used by more than 3000 daily users in over 950 sites, making it the leading company providing global consular software solutions for Foreign Affairs. Customers include government ministries and departments from Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Ireland, Denmark, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands. For more information please visit: www.worldreach.com

Press contact:

Shelley Bryen, WorldReach Software,   (613) 742-6482

 

PATA Issues & Trends – 2H2015, written by WorldReach, is Now Available

PATA Insights & Trends issue, featuring the latest statistics and diagrams regarding the effects of crises worldwide on governments and their citizens.

PATA Insights & Trends issue, featuring the latest statistics regarding the effects of crises worldwide on governments and their citizens.

September 10, 2015

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Issues & Trends – 2H2015 is now available to purchase and download at the new PATA Store.

The second edition of Issues & Trends for 2015, written by Shelley Bryen and Steven Grant of WorldReach Software, examines the issue of consular contingency planning and crisis management. With the rise of hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, pandemic outbreaks, terrorist attacks and other events, governments must be able to quickly react and reach citizens in urgent need of assistance. The report also looks into the problem, some recent history and the rationale for governments to have the capacity to engage with incidents taking place far from their shores.

PATA Issues & Trends is complimentary for PATA members, and priced at US$225 for chapter members and US$300 for non-members. The report is provided on a subscription basis (2 editions) for non-members.

About PATA
Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 87 government, state and city tourism bodies, 25 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 59 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 43 local PATA chapters worldwide. The chapters organise travel industry training and business development events. Their grassroots activism underpins PATA’s membership of the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), which includes ACI, CLIA, IATA, ICAO, WEF, UNWTO and the WTTC. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre to members’ desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has official offices or representation in Beijing, Sydney, Dubai, and London. Visit www.PATA.org