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Date posted: Monday, 20 July 2020

An initiative to organise six international consultations on migration has been successfully concluded. The consultations, which took place as part of the UAE’s 2020 Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), encompassed participation from both Anglophone and Francophone Africa, West and South Asia, East Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Over the course of two months, 856 individuals from governments, civil society, business and city administrations around the world took part in the initiative, which all took place online. The final consultation of the six...Read more

Date posted: Monday, 13 July 2020

10 July 2020 

GENEVA: A joint consultation between the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, providing a platform for European perspectives on migration has come to a successful conclusion. The GFMD-OECD consultation is the fourth regional series to be completed, following on from similar events held in cooperation with the African Union, Bali Process and Regional Conference on Migration. 

Topics selected for dialogue by OECD constituents included the governance of labour migration in...Read more

Date posted: Wednesday, 8 July 2020

3 July 2020

Geneva: Participants from the Regional Conference on Migration – otherwise known as the Puebla Process – today concluded a series of discussions as part of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The RCM is a pan-American forum, bringing together eleven Member States from North and Central America. Numerous representatives of members of the South American Conference on Migration also participated, as well as stakeholders from civil society, business and local government.

Today’s discussion brought to a close a series...Read more

Date posted: Friday, 3 July 2020

01 July 2020

GENEVA: Member States of the Bali Process, a major Regional Consultative Process focused on combating people smuggling, trafficking in persons and transnational crime in the Asia Pacific region, today completed their round of consultations as part of the GFMD 2020 Regional Meetings. 

The Bali Process consultations focused discussions in three key thematic areas: exploring means of leveraging technology to empower migrants; addressing gaps in migrant protection; and issues relating to irregular migration. Breakout sessions were led by Gibril Faal...Read more

Date posted: Monday, 29 June 2020

GENEVA: African Member States today completed a round of global discussions on migration and development, the first of five regions to conclude the 2020 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Regional Consultations. Co-organised by the African Union, the outcomes of those discussions between African Member States, civil society organisations, business and cities will now go forward to preparations for next year’s Summit, to be held in Dubai in January 2021. 

Topics selected for dialogue during the GFMD-AU consultations included the impact of changing work...Read more

Date posted: Friday, 31 January 2020

A major global summit on migration will be coming to Dubai in January 2021, after the UAE formally took over the Presidency of the Global Forum on Migration and Development from Ecuador on Thursday.

The hand-over, which took place during a formal ceremony in Quito, marked the start of an ambitious yearlong programme of events around the world, which will focus on improving how governments respond to international migration.

Addressing the Quito summit, Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, thanked assembled delegates for their confidence in...Read more

Date posted: Tuesday, 15 October 2019

The European Union supports the Ecuadorian Presidency of the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2019 (GFMD) through the MIgration EU eXpertise (MIEUX) Initiative, implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). In this context, the regional workshop entitled "Supporting host and arrival cities through policy coherence and multi-stakeholder partnerships", jointly organised by ICMPD, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru, on 16 and 17 October 2019, in Lima is the latest in a series of four regional...Read more

Date posted: Monday, 14 October 2019

On Friday 11 October, the 2019 Ecuadorian Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the African Union’s African Institute for Remittances (AIR) successfully hosted the event on “The impact of remittances on rural transformation in Africa: from commitments to action”, at the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa.

The event saw the participation of an high number of AU Member States representatives, additional Permanent Missions in Addis Ababa (Chile, Mexico, Norway, Sweden...Read more

Date posted: Thursday, 26 September 2019

10-11 September, Geneva – Ambassador Santiago Chavez, representing the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2019 Chair Ecuador, presided the third and final preparatory meetings of the GFMD in 2019 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

In the lead up to the Twelfth GFMD Summit to be held in Quito on 19 to 22 November, the GFMD Chair informed the GFMD community about the activities that have taken place since the last meetings in May. He invited all participating Member States and GFMD Observers to attend the Quito GFMD Summit. 

In addition to...Read more

Date posted: Thursday, 19 September 2019

The European Union is supporting the Ecuadorian Chairmanship of the 2019 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) through the MIgration EU eXpertise (MIEUX) Initiative, implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). The two-day regional workshop “Providing regular pathways from crisis to safety”, co-organised by ICMPD and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 19 and 20 September in Quito, Ecuador is the third in a series of four regional workshops...Read more