"Honouring International Commitments to Unlock the Potential of All Migrants for Development”
Germany and Morocco have assumed the co-chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2018.
During this two-year period, the focus is on the contribution of the GFMD to the United Nations’ Global Compact for Migration. The Compact is intended to constitute a strong signal of the international community for an enhanced global migration policy, to be adopted by the community of states on 10-11 December 2018 in Marrakesh, Morocco.Download the First Year Report
of the 2017-2018 GFMD Co-Chairs
GFMD Civil Society Days
GFMD Civil Society's 10 Acts for the Global Compact
28-30 June, Berlin—The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) held the Tenth Summit Meeting at the German Federal Foreign Office under the 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship of Germany and Morocco. Under the overarching theme: "Towards a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development,” the summit gathered around 650 participants, comprised of policymakers and practitioners from 140 states, as well as international organizations, the civil society and the private sector.
GFMD and the United Nations
Ms. Louise Arbour
Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for International Migration
for Migration (GCM)
As a member of Troika of the GFMD, Bangladesh will play its part in ensuring that the GFMD is used as a platform for pushing the boundaries of what is possible and generating consensus around ambitious outcomes for the GCM.02/02/2017
It has been a meeting that has allowed us to listen as Co-Chairs of GFMD, this new role that we have, to prepare the contribution of GFMD to GCM.02/02/2017
The ad hoc Working Group on SDGs and GCM maintain an open dialogue with other member states in order to formulate GFMD recommendations and ensure an inclusive and transparent process.02/02/2017
Thanks to the trust built by the GFMD, we now have a UN compact.02/02/2017
We hope that participating members will seize this opportunity, notably here in Geneva, to translate GFMD outcomes into global compact commitments, as you did for the 2013 HLD and the New York Declarations.02/02/2017
GFMD could synthesize its wealth of knowledge in a coherent way for submission to the stock-taking exercise in order to substantiate discussions. This work could be led by the ad hoc WG on 2030 Agenda and GCM.02/02/2017
for Sustainable Development
Mr. Santiago Javier Chavez Pareja, Vice Minister for Human Mobility of Ecuador, designated Chair of the GFMD 2019, received a symbolic plaque from the outgoing German and Moroccan GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairs at the closing session of the Eleventh GFMD Summit in Marrakesh, 7 December 2018.
In his speech, Mr. Chavez Pareja vowed to work closely with Germany and Morocco towards achieving a vision for the GFMD to facilitate discussions on the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration, and to maintain its structure as a broad, informal and flexible space for the establishment of strategic partnerships and generating consensus. Such structure, he articulated, would allow for a comprehensive consideration of all aspects and challenges posed by human mobility, including its humanitarian, development and human rights dimensions.
He enjoined the GFMD community to support the GFMD Chairmanship of Ecuador in 2019.
M&D Quips and Clips
"We should understand the New York Declaration within the framework of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) that took place in Bangladesh this past December.The language used to introduce this summit demonstrated the current relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s Agenda 2030, and the need to apply them in a transformative way in the field of migration."03/07/2017
The role of the GFMD as a think tank and discussion ground should be maintained in future deliberations in Global Compact on Migration.02/02/2017
“The GFMD could generate a space for thematic dialogues that could contribute to furthering debate, reaching a common understanding and sharing best practices.”02/10/2017
"The participants in the roundtable shared unique experience and spoke about the possibility how to recruit migrant workers while lowering costs of their stay in territories of the states."12/14/2016
"The forum discussed the cooperation for safe and legal migration in addition to supporting procedures for fair overseas employment and insuring decent work environment."12/13/2016
"This annual forum of discussion on the link between migration and development is an open space of exchange on migration’s positive dynamics and challenges over the years and its influence on our societies."12/11/2016
"The business-government-civil society dialogue was one of the important events of the meeting."12/10/2016
Germany and Morocco prepare to assume co chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development for 2017 and 2018
"The motto of the GFMD will be "Towards a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development". In particular, the balance of interests between migrants and their countries of origin, transit states and destinations will be addressed within the framework of regular and orderly migration.12/15/2016
"The Compact is intended to herald a strong signal from the international community for an enhanced global migration policy to be adopted by the community of states in 2018."12/12/2016
"Migration worldwide needs to be regulated not only for the sake of equal and fair treatment of immigrants but also to serve humankind effectively."12/15/2016
"It (migration) cannot be politicised and securitised. It has to be dealt as a geopolitical issue."12/13/2016
"Participants came together to better understand the root causes of migration, share best practices, forge partnerships, and discuss ways to solve thorny problems."12/12/2016
"Delegates also stressed the need for opening legal channels for migration for all categories of people -- skilled or low-skilled -- and effective border management to combat people smuggling or human trafficking."12/13/2016
"Bangladesh pressed home the idea of designing a global compact on migration that would ensure the rights of emigrants. Most of the countries present were in favor of an international law on the issue while some countries wanting a convention on it."12/13/2016
"This forum was thus only one step in long reflection that should lead to a common and consultative global migration policy. Like trade or climate change, migration is transnational…A multi-nation forum may or may not be the best frame or solution. But it is a sufficient and necessary step for making progress on the issues. The Global Forum must be seen as more than an obscure meeting,"12/13/2016
"The Dhaka meeting brought together policy makers, UN agencies and civil society to discuss cooperation in global, social and labour market governance and issues such as gender, ethical recruitment, reducing migration costs, diversity and protection of migrants."12/13/2016
Amb. Eduard Gnesa, Switzerland
Dr. Kathleen Newland, MPI
The Eleventh Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) will be held in Marrakesh from 5-7 December 2018.
It is open to all States Members and Observers of the United Nations, and other GFMD Observers.
Seventh GFMD Preparatory Meetings
3 September 2018, Palais des Nations
GFMD Dialogue on GCM Implementation
4 September 2018, Palais des Nations
3rd GFMD 2018 Roundtable Team Consultations
5 September 2018, Palais des Nations
GFMD Side Event at 2018 HLPF
13 July 2018, New York
Other Thematic Meetings:
21-22 June 2018, Agadir
3 May 2018, Geneva
18 -19 April 2018, Skhirat