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Date posted: Wednesday, 22 March 2017

20 March 2017, Geneva - Ambassador Götz Schmidt-Bremme of the Federal Foreign Affairs of Germany, representing the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship, discussed the GFMD’s links to the International Labour Organization (ILO) at the Government Group Meeting of the 329th session of the ILO Governing Body held on March 20 in Geneva.

Germany will host the Tenth GFMD Summit from 28 to 30 June 2017 with the overarching theme, Towards a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development. In this regard, Ambassador Schmidt-...Read more

Date posted: Friday, 24 February 2017

On the margins of the highly successful 15th Coordination Meeting on International Migration organized by UN DESA at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on February 16, the GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship hosted a reception at the Permanent Mission of Germany.  Both Ambassador Schmidt-Bremme and Mr. El Habib Nadir, representing the German and Moroccan Co-Chairs,...Read more

Date posted: Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Geneva – 7 February:  Under the overarching theme, "Towards a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development", six government-led Roundtable teams met in Geneva on 2 February to prepare the GFMD roundtables to be held in Berlin on 28 to 30 June 2017. The RT teams, currently comprised of 54 governments, 14 international organizations and representatives of civil society and private sector held an initial exchange of views on the substance and format of the planned RT sessions in Berlin. Members of the German and Moroccan GFMD Co-Chairs’ Task Force and the GFMD...Read more

Date posted: Monday, 6 February 2017

Geneva - On 2 February 2017, a GFMD Dialogue on the Global Compact on Migration was held under the German-Moroccan Co-Chairmanship of the GFMD. The urgency and importance of the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) process was reflected by the attendance of more than 150 delegates from over 100 governments and international organizations in this first GFMD 2017-2018 event since Germany and Morocco took over as GFMD Chair on 1 January 2017.Read more

Date posted: Friday, 3 February 2017

Geneva – Riding on the high of the successful Ninth GFMD Summit Meeting in Dhaka (10-12 December 2016), the first meeting of the Friends of the Forum, comprised of all UN Member States and GFMD Observers, was convened on 1-2 February under the GFMD Co-Chairmanship of Germany and Morocco.

Ambassador Götz Schmidt-Bremme of the German Federal  Foreign Affairs and Mr. El Habib Nadir, Secretary General of the Ministry for Moroccans Living Abroad, co-led the first preparatory meeting of the Friends of the Forum, as...Read more

Date posted: Wednesday, 21 December 2016

On Monday, 19 December, just a few days after the highly successful Ninth GFMD Summit held in Dhaka on 10-12 December, Germany and Morocco officially launched the GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship at the UN Headquarters in New York. For the first time since the first GFMD in 2007 and when migration policy topics are high on the political agenda around most of the world, two countries will co-chair the process for a period of two years, beginning 1 January 2017 until end December 2018.

Dr. Götz Schmidt-Bremme, Ambassador for the 2017-2018 GFMD Co-Chairmanship and...Read more

Date posted: Thursday, 8 December 2016

By Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh and Chair-in-Office of the GFMD 2016

DHAKA – We live in a rapidly evolving, hyper-connected world, where goods, capital, and people are more mobile than ever before. But, whereas countries have shown a willingness to cooperate on exchanging goods and capital, the international community has shown little appetite for improving how it governs human mobility.

After the wide-scale persecution and displacement of people in World War II, world leaders took the bold step of crafting the ...Read more

Date posted: Friday, 25 November 2016

The New York Declaration that followed the 19th September Summit was an important milestone in the future of governance of international migration, in a context marked by  mixed flows of movements, an unprecedented scale of large movement refugees and migrants, dramatic images and fear-driven rhetoric. How can member states design a Global Compact to facilitate mobility which will be both deliverable and balanced?  What are the possible commitments by...Read more

Date posted: Thursday, 27 October 2016

On 20 and 21 October, the final Preparatory Meetings of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) under the Bangladesh Chairmanship were held in Geneva, led by H.E. Ambassador Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh. These meetings were aimed at preparing the Ninth GFMD Summit to be held in Dhaka on 10-12 December 2016 under the overarching theme, “Migration that Works for Sustainable Development for All: Towards a Transformative Migration Agenda.”

The Ninth GFMD...Read more