10th Asia-Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development

Multi-stakeholder Partnership in Facilitating Inclusive Economies and Protecting Rights of Migrant Workers

Discussions will address the critical role that Migrant Worker Resource Centres (MRCs) play in delivering services to migrant workers in order to promote their rights and the importance of multi-stakeholder approaches in facilitating such services.


To register for this side event, please click here. The side event will be organized in person at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Meeting Room G on the first floor. It will also be live streamed via Zoom.

To attend the side event in person, all registrants must also register on Indico to attend the 10th Asia-Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development via the link here.

Key questions and outcomes

Bringing together a diverse panel, this side event aims to draw attention to the lens of inclusive economies, the parameters of alternative models of labour migration which would achieve economic, social and cultural rights, and development goals while ensuring the rights of migrant workers and members of their families. The side event will highlight the importance and existing examples of multi-sectoral partnerships through the models of MRCs.

The side event will examine the following key guiding questions:
  • Given the current economic realities, what can States and other actors do in promoting and protecting the human rights of people in vulnerable economic situations including low-wage migrant workers and members of their families?
  • How do collaborations with other stakeholders (within the country and across borders) support an organization’s efforts to empower and deliver information, legal aid, other essential services to migrant workers and their families?


 Opening Remarks

H.E. Michalis Rokas

The Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Malaysia

5 mins


Introduction to the side event

Moderator: Ms Panudda Boonpala, Deputy Regional Director, ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

5 mins

Sharing the Indonesian MRC Model

Mr Suhanda, Sub Coordinator for Protection of Indonesia Migrant Worker, Ministry of Manpower, Indonesia

Ms Dina Nuriyati , Coordinator of MRC Cirebon and East Lampung , Head of Research and International Cooperation, Indonesia Migrant Worker Union (SBMI), Indonesia

12 mins

Sharing the Thailand Migrant Worker Assistance Centre model

Ms Kanjana Ekkabutra, Labour Specialist Professional Level, Ministry of Labour Thailand

5 mins

Role of trade unions in supporting migrant workers

Ms Suriyanandhini Doraisamy, National Coordinator of Migrant Worker Resource Centre; Assistant Secretary (Education), Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC)

5 mins

Ensuring inclusion of migrants: view from civil society

Ms Reiko Harima, Regional Coordinator Mekong Migration Network (MMN)

5 mins

Interactive discussion and Q&A

25 mins



3 mins

Closing remarks

Ms Gemma Edgar, Counsellor (Development), Australian Embassy in Thailand

Ms Pia Oberoi, Senior Advisor, OHCHR Regional Office

5 mins

5 mins


International Labour Organization (ILO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
UN Human Rights (OHCHR) Regional Office for South-East Asia


European Union (EU) Delegation to Thailand
Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Indonesia Ministry of Manpower (MOM)
Thailand Ministry of Labour (MOL)