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Date posted: Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Geneva-05 February 2015. The first GFMD Thematic Meeting on “Migration in the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda” was held in Geneva, bringing together around 150 policymakers and officials from UN Member States and representatives of international organizations and the civil society. The meeting was co-convened by the Governments of Bangladesh and Germany.

At the opening session, Amb. Mehmet Samsar, Director General for Consular Affairs of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, remarked that it was a very critical time for the evolution...Read more

Date posted: Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Geneva-24 November 2014. The Turkish GFMD Chair convened the 2nd round of preparatory meetings of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2014-2015 on Monday, 24 November, in Geneva.

Both meetings of the GFMD Steering Group (SG) and the Friends of the Forum (FOF) were chaired by Ms. Esen Altug, Deputy Director General for Migration, Asylum and Visa of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The GFMD 2014-2015...Read more

Date posted: Friday, 24 October 2014

Geneva–23 October 2014. On behalf of Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chair of the GFMD 2015 meeting in Istanbul, Ambassador Mehmet Samsar, Director General for Consular Affairs of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs convened the first round of preparatory meetings of the GFMD Steering Group and the Friends of the Forum in Geneva on 21 and 22 October respectively.

The first GFMD pledging meeting was also held on 22 October. 

Amb. Samsar welcomed 29 out of the existing 30 members of the...Read more

Date posted: Saturday, 27 September 2014

24 Sept 2014 – Around 120 participants, including Ministers, Deputy Ministers,  Permanent Representatives of UN Member States, and representatives of various UN Agencies gathered on 22 Sept 2014 at the Turkish Center in New York to mark the launch of the Turkish Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) for the period 1 July 2014 to 31 December 2015.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Chair of the 8th GFMD meeting to be held in Istanbul in 2015, welcomed representatives from governments, international organizations and...Read more

Date posted: Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Republic of Turkey is the Chair-in-Office of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) as of 1 July 2014 from the Sweden, for a period of 18 months, until end December 2015. During its Chairmanship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey will lead the Chair's Taskforce and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will chair the GFMD Summit Meeting in 2015.

Turkey has volunteered to take up this challenging task, not only because of its increasing engagement...Read more