5 to 7 December, Marrakesh —On the eve of the historic Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the German and Moroccan GFMD Co-Chairs convened the Eleventh GFMD Summit, marking the culmination of the two-year Chairmanship from the beginning of 2017 to the end of 2018. Under the overarching theme: “Honoring International Commitments to Unlock the Potential of All Migrants for Development,” the event saw the participation of over 2,000 delegates from 135 United Nations Member States, 45 international organizations,...Read more
In September 2018, the Government of Ecuador’s voluntary offer to chair the GFMD in 2019 was strongly endorsed by participating Member States. Ecuador, a long-term and active member of the GFMD, brings to the GFMD process its expertise as a major migrant receiving country with world-recognized migration policies, and an active voice in international migration affairs. It also represents a return of the Chairmanship to Latin America for the first time since 2010.
Over the past ten years, Ecuador has been actively involved in the GFMD as a member of the Steering Group...Read more
Palais des Nations, Geneva—The German and Moroccan Co-Chairs of the 2017-2018 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) convened the seventh GFMD preparatory meetings and the final GFMD 2018 Roundtable team consultations on September 3 and 5 respectively. The three consecutive meetings of the GFMD Troika, Steering Group (SG) and Friends of the Forum (FOF) marked the first global...Read more
As part of GFMD’s efforts to accompany the evolving GCM process and encourage Member States to develop their perspectives on international cooperation on migration in the future, the 2017-2018 Co-Chairs, Germany and Morocco, convened a GFMD Dialogue on GCM implementation. With the successful finalization of the intergovernmental negotiations on July 13, this Dialogue provided the first opportunity for over 200 representatives from member states, GFMD observers...Read more
On the occasion of the seventh GFMD 2017-2018 Preparatory Meetings, the Government of Ecuador assumed the GFMD Chairmanship for 2019, following the endorsement of the GFMD Steering Group. Ambassador Luis Gallegos and Ambassador Arturo Cabrera, Permanent Representative and Deputy Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the UNOG, highlighted to the Steering Group and the Friends of the Forum, respectively, Ecuador’s long-standing engagement in and for the GFMD, as well as in relation to the GCM-process.
In their separate...Read more
New York – With the development and migration communities gathering in New York for the last round of GCM negotiations and the 2018 High-level Political Forum (HLPF), respectively, the GFMD Co-Chairs organized an HLPF Side Event on “GFMD Perspective on Migration for Sustainable and Resilient Societies” at the German House. Attended by more than 100 participants, the side event was held to share and reflect on the findings of the GFMD Recommendations to the 2018 HLPF, which had been submitted to the...Read more
Agadir, Morocco – On 21-22 June 2018, the GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship of Germany and Morocco, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), organized a thematic workshop entitled, “Children and Youth on the Move: Implementing Sustainable Solutions” to inform ongoing inter-governmental negotiations on the Global...Read more
The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2017-2018 proved once again its commitment to the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) process by hosting a special meeting on 19 June with the GCM Co-Facilitators, Ambassador Jürg Lauber (Switzerland) and Ambassador Juan José Gómez Camacho (Mexico) in Geneva. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Jonathan Prentice, who represented the Office of the UN SRSG for International...Read more
4 May 2018, Geneva –The Moroccan and German GFMD Co-Chairs convened the sixth GFMD preparatory meetings and second Roundtable (RT) consultations on May 2 and 4, respectively, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The meetings of the Troika, Steering Group and the Friends of the Forum on May 2 provided an opportunity to inform the Geneva community about the current state of the inter-governmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Migration (GCM), while the second GFMD 2018 RT consultations on May 4 offered a space for RT members to agree on the structure and content of the background...Read more
Geneva, Switzerland—On 3 May 2018, the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2017-2018 Co-Chairs, Germany and Morocco, in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), convened a GFMD Thematic Workshop on Labour Migration and Skills. The day-long workshop aimed to inform the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) negotiations, with knowledge, experiences and good practices of different stakeholders and explore how the GFMD can support the GCM in advancing the...Read more