Twelfth GFMD Summit Meeting

"Sustainable approaches to human mobility: Upholding rights, strengthening state agency, and advancing development through partnerships and collective action"

19-22 November 2019
Quito, Ecuador

The Government of the Republic of Ecuador, in its capacity as 2019 Chair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), has the honor to invite you, States Members and Observers of the United Nations, and other GFMD Observers, to the Twelfth GFMD Summit Meeting on 19-22 November 2019 in Quito, Ecuador. The Twelfth GFMD Summit will be the climax of the Ecuador GFMD Chairmanship.

The Twelfth GFMD Summit will be opened by High Level officials of the Government of the Republic of Ecuador. It is expected to be attended by Ministers and Vice Ministers from all regions of the world, and a broad range of policy-makers and practitioners in migration and development fields.

From the outset, a central focus of the GFMD 2019 Chairmanship has been continuing the global dialogue on migration in the changed policy landscape following the affirmation of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and Global Compact for Migration (GCM), the review of the implementation of migration-related commitments in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda through the High-level Political Forum, and the enhancement of the GFMD process through the follow up of the recommendations of the GFMD Ten-Year Review Report.

The Ecuadorian Chairmanship is focused on the central theme: “Sustainable approaches to human mobility: Upholding rights, strengthening state agency, and advancing development through partnerships and collective action.”

The substantive agenda of the Quito GFMD Summit focuses on three Roundtable (RT) themes, to be discussed in six RT sessions:

(1) Coordinated responses to mixed movements: Partnerships and collective action to protect rights
  • Roundtable 1.1: Providing regular pathways from crisis to safety
  • Roundtable 1.2: Facilitating social and economic inclusion
(2) Migration narratives and communication: What role, responsibility and resources do governments have?
  • Roundtable 2.1: Shaping public narratives on migration and migrants
  • Roundtable 1.2: Communicating effectively with migrants
(3) Addressing human mobility as part of urban and rural development strategies
  • Roundtable 3.1:Supporting arrival cities through policy coherence and multi-stakeholder partnerships
  • Roundtable 2.2:Harnessing migration for rural transformation and development

In line with the tradition of the GFMD, the three-day GFMD Summit program will include inaugural and closing ceremonies, as well as Roundtable discussions and special sessions on the GFMD Platform for Partnerships and the Future of the Forum open to Friends of the Forum. Additionally, this year, for the first time, the three multi-stakeholder mechanisms of the GFMD – the Civil Society Days, the Business Meeting and the Mayoral Forum – will be held in the same space and integrated into the overall program of the GFMD Summit. The ‘Common Space’ sessions will provide an opportunity for the multi-stakeholder representatives from all mechanisms to mingle and share ideas in unified shared events.

For more details, please refer to the Provisional Programme for 19-20 November and Logistics Note 1 with practical information for participating delegations.

Registration for the Quito GFMD Summit will be coursed through the GFMD Support Unit in Geneva (registration2019@gfmd.org). For logistical considerations, all delegations are encouraged to complete online registration via gfmd.org until 25 October.

The Ecuadorian GFMD Chair looks forward to welcoming your government organization’s delegation to the Twelfth GFMD Summit.

Yours truly,


Mr Santiago Chavez Pareja

Ambassador for the 2019 GFMD Chairmanship

GFMD 2019 Chairmanship


All GFMD Focal Points (Governments and Observers) can register to the Summit by logging-in with their pre-assigned GFMD credentials.

Invitations are required for non-focal point delegates who wish to attend the Summit Meeting. Please contact your Focal Point(s) to request an invitation.

All GFMD Focal Points (Governments and Observers) can register to the Summit by logging-in with their pre-assigned GFMD credentials.

Invitations are required for non-focal point delegates who wish to attend the Summit Meeting. Please contact your Focal Point(s) to request an invitation.

Summit delegates are required to register by 25 October 2019 in order to obtain their accreditation badges that will allow entry to the Summit venue and participation in all official Summit and related activities.


The online registration platform for the Twelfth GFMD Summit is now open and will be accessible until 25 October 2019. This online system allows Summit delegates to update their registration details (hotel accommodation, flight details, session participation, etc.).

For further information on registration please consult the registration guidelines

GFMD Mobile App

GFMD Focal Points (Governments and GFMD Observers) that have log-in credentials may also register via the GFMD Mobile App. Focal points can recover their credentials here.

Please ensure that you have downloaded the latest version of the mobile app: (Android | iOS). The app is free of charge.

To consolidate all registrations from each government / organization, a Note Verbale must be submitted during the online registration or sent to registration@gfmd.org, specifying all members of the official delegation and clearly identifying the Head of Delegation.

For security reasons, each delegate is required to submit a passport copy during the online registration or send it to registration@gfmd.org

GFMD Focal Points (Governments and GFMD Observers)

To register, GFMD Focal Points are required to login to the GFMD Web Portal or via the Mobile App using their previously assigned credentials. To retrieve your password, click here.

Non-focal point delegates (Governments and GFMD Observers)

Other delegates who are not GFMD Focal Points must be invited by GFMD Focal Points. For coordination purposes, only focal points may invite delegates using this application form. The GFMD Support Unit will send login credentials and a registration link to the concerned non-focal point delegate.

For the list of the GFMD Focal Points, click here.

Civil Society

Civil society stakeholders can participate in the GFMD Summit Meeting through the Common Space which will take place on 20 November. To participate in the Common Space and the three-day Civil Society Days, there is a separate registration process , which is coordinated by the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC).  For any questions about the Civil Society Days, please write to contact@gfmdcivilsociety.org.

Private Sector

Interested members of the Private Sector can participate in the GFMD Summit through the GFMD Business Meeting to be held on the second day, November 20. Participants of the Business Mechanism meeting are directly selected by the GFMD Business Mechanism. For any questions, please contact info@gfmdbusinessmechanism.org.


Participation of VIPs, including heads of Ministries and Departments, as well as UN agencies and other international organizations, must be announced in writing to ecuador2019@gfmd.org for coordination and VIP support.

Others (Panellists, Interpreters, Side event organizers, etc.)

The GFMD Support Unit will provide individual Credentials to Summit panellists, interpreters, side event organizers, and those that have a special role in order for them to register for the Summit.

For any assistance, please contact support.unit@gfmd.org.

Summit Programme and Conference Documents

More information coming soon

On behalf of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2019 Chair Ecuador, the GFMD Support Unit would like to announce that the application is now open for the organization of side events on the margins of the Twelfth GFMD Summit Meeting in Quito on 19-22 November 2019.
There are limited time slots available during the Summit. The GFMD Chair would like to receive more information about the proposed side events, and reserves the right to select its preferred side events based on the criteria set out in the attached guidelines.

On this note, interested Friends of the Forum are requested to fill in the GFMD Side Event Application Form and submit it via email to support.unit@gfmd.org no later than Friday, October 4

Finally, applicants are highly encouraged to present side event proposals in cooperation with other partners, including governments, international organizations, local authorities, civil society, and/or private sector.

For any questions and/or concerns, the GFMD Support Unit is available at your disposal via tel: +41 22 788 49 46 or email: support.unit@gfmd.org

Sponsored Delegates

Funded delegates will receive their assigned hotels via a separate communication at a later stage, together with other practical reminders.

Non-Sponsored Delegates

Non-sponsored delegates are responsible for booking and paying for their own accommodation and all related costs during their stay.

Please find below the list of single occupancy rooms with preferential rates that have been provisionally reserved at the hotels by the host government:




Distance from venue


Price in DHS (TTC)

Point of Reference



Suite Junior

CarpeDM Hostel



Caldas E1-106 and Los Rios, Quito




Inform participation at FGMD Summit: casacarpedm@gmail.com
Hostal de la Rabida



La Rabida 227 and Santa Maria, Quito





promotional code for Summit participants: XII CFMD, info@hostalrabida.com
IKALA Quito Hotel



Tamayo N23-95 and Wilson, Quito


Single standard $48,00
Junior suite$64,00
Double junio suite: $76,80
Single suite: $80,00
Double suite: $96.00

promotional code for Summit participants: AGE-INT-20, reservations@ikalaquitohotel.com
Hotel Reina Isabel



Av. Amazonas N23-44 and Veintimilla,Quito


Standard single $86,90
Standard Double $99,10
Standard Triple $123,50
Suite Premier $123,50

Maria Eulalia Barba ventas@hotelreinaisabel.com
IBIS Hotel



Avenida Diego De Almagro E8 19 and Bello Horizonte, 170518 Quito


Queen size bed $67,20
Tween beds (2 people)$78,40
Queen size bed (2 people) $78,40

Daniela Salazar Viteri (Ventas)

Julia Caicedo (Reservaciones)
Holiday Inn Express



Av. Orellana E6-54 and Reina Victoria, Quito


Superior single room $105,20
Superior double room 2 beds $105,20
Superior double room 1 bed $105,20

DANILO LLERENA ventas2@hiequito.com.ec

MICHELLE VOTRUBA reservas@hiequito.com.ec
Mercure Hotel Alameda



Roca E4-122 and Av. Amazonas 170150 Quito




Daniela Tirado gerente_ventas@mercurequito.com.ec
Best Western Crown Plaza



Av. Shyris N37-53 and Naciones Unidas, Quito



$111 -> $208

$123 -> $408 (triple)

promotional code for Summit participants: XIICUMBREBWQ, reservas@bwplazaquito.ec
Hotel Akros



Ave. 6 de Diciembre N34-120




Triple room $133.26, Suite $160.10

promotional code for Summit participants: AKROS68XII, reservaciones@hotelakros.com
Best Western Hotel ZEN



Av. 6 De Diciembre N26-112 and San Ignacio, Quito





promotional code for Summit: CMZEN2019, reservas@suiteszen.com
Hotel Colonial San Agustin



Flores N5-28 & Chile, Quito, 170130


Single room: $54.88
Single 2 pax: $70.56
Double room: $80.64
Triple room: $105.84

promotional code for Summit participants: HSA agustin.hostal@gmail.com
Hotel Patio Andaluz



García Moreno N6-52 between Mejía and Olmedo




promotional code for Summit: CumbreGlobalMigracion, reservas@cialcotel.com



Av. República de El Salvador N36-212 and Naciones Unidas


Clásica sencilla: $198.23
Sheraton Club $284.85
Sheraton Suite $321.45

Valeria Cordova valeria.cordova@sheratonquito.com, grupos@sheratonquito.com, reservas@sheratonquito.com


Luis Cordero E11-35 and Av. 12 de Octubre


Superior single room $126.75
Superior double room $142.17
Premium single room $138.95
Premium double room $154.37
Suite single room $163.35
Suite double room $178.77

Verónica Cadena vs.cadena@nh-hotels.com



"Calle Los Ríos N13-134 and Pasaje, Ascencio Gándara, Quito"


4 Suites with king size bed $176.00
3 rooms with 2 beds $120.00
4 rooms with double bed $120.00
1 two bedroom Suite $176.00 incluidos
3 luxury suites 2 beds $220.00

Pahola Haro mansion@mansiondelangel.com.ec
Hotel Le Parc



Av. República de El Salvador N34-349 e Irlanda.


Junior suite $161.12
Business suite $197.72
Junior suite double $187.76
Business suite double $224.36




Av. Amazonas N19-14 and Patria, Quito


$140 king delux rooms

VALERIA CANO - Coordinadora de Grupos

Alexandra Martínez alexanda.martinez@hiltoncolon.com
Hotel JW Marriot



Av. Orellana 1172 and Av. Amazonas | Quito 170518



Darwin Paez darwin.paez@marriot.com



Av. 12 de Octubre 1820 and Luis Cordero, Quito


Swiss premium room single: $161.35
Swiss premium room double: $185.75
Grand room single (breakfast not included): $185.75
Swiss Business suite room single: $246.75
Swiss business suite room double: $271.15
Swiss executive suite room single $289.45
Swiss executive suite room double $289.45

Felipe Poveda fepoveda@swissuio.com
Hotel Mama Cuchara



Vicente Rocafuerte E3-250


Luxury Suite: $450
Premium $360
Superior $325
Deluxe $270

promotional code for Summit participants TCMD19 stay@arthotelsecuador.com
Hotel Casa Gangotena



"Bolivar Oe6-41 and Cuenca, Quito"


Luxury rooms:$335.39
Plaza view rooms: $385.79

promotional code for Quito Summit 2019: Tarifa Cumbre Migración y Desarrollo 2019 cavelasco@metrojourneys


Logistics Note coming soon

The Twelfth Summit Meeting will be held in Quito, Ecuador

More information about the venue coming soon.

WiFi connectivity will be available in the entire conference area. There will be complimentary mobile and laptop charging stations.

Simultaneous interpretation services will be made available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. To avail of interpretation headphones, delegates may be asked to present an official photo ID or passport.

There will be no printing or copying facilities available in the conference building.

This Summit is a paperless meeting. Therefore all delegates are requested to bring their own electronic devices, such as smartphones, tablets or laptops and to download the GFMD Mobile App (free of charge) onto their devices before the conference. Participants may download the app using the following links:Android | iOS.

The registered delegates may, if desired, bring their own (hard) copies of the background papers and other program related documents. All meeting related documents will be made available on the GFMD website and via the Mobile App.

In order to facilitate distribution of presentations during the meeting, participants are requested to e-mail electronic copies of their presentations to the organizers at least two days before the scheduled presentation via support.unit@gfmd.org.

Breakfast for funded delegates will be provided at Hotel Hilton Colon, while coffee breaks, lunches and official dinner/reception may be provided to all participants at the conference venue on 19-22 November. Please consult the Programme for the arrangements and specific details.

There will be no restriction to the delegation size. However, all delegations are required to register on or before Friday, 25 October 2019.

The main conference is wheelchair accessible.

Conference Security

The entire venue will be a secured area. Only those with an accreditation badge can access the premises of the conference venue. At the checkpoint, every person will be checked. Therefore, participants are kindly asked to arrive by 08h30 on the first day of the conference.

Distribution Of Badges

The accreditation badges will be issued upon arrival on the first day when entering the conference area. All guests of the conference are requested to present a valid, official ID/passport upon arrival.

Limited financial resources will be available to fund the participation of one (1) government delegate from each Least Developed Country (LDC) and Other Low-income Countries (OLIC) to ensure broader participation. 

The financial assistance to the LDC and OLIC delegates will cover the following:

  • A most direct and cost-efficient economy return air ticket;
  • Hotel accommodation based on actual travel itinerary; and
  • Limited Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) to meet their incidental expenses in Quito, the amount to be determined by the Chair.

In addition, subject to availability of funds, the Chair may consider funding participants from certain developing countries that play a special role (e.g., co-chairs, rapporteurs or panellists), on a first-come first-serve basis.

The financial assistance to delegates from those low-income Developing Countries will cover the following:

  • A most direct and cost-efficient economy class return air ticket; and
  • Hotel accommodation based on actual travel itinerary

How to apply for Financial Assistance:

To apply for financial assistance, please submit the following documents via email to support.unit@gfmd.org, or via Fax +4122 788 4948:

  • An official written request via a separate Note Verbale indicating the nominee of the government’s funded delegate; and
  • A copy of the participant’s passport.

Requests must be submitted no later than 25 October 2019.

Information about air ticket, flight itinerary, assigned hotels and per diems will be communicated by the GFMD Support Unit to approved funded delegates in due course.

Delegates are encouraged to arrive at the venue.

Transportation services (from the airport to the designated GFMD hotels and back, as well as from these hotels to the meeting venue.) The transportation schedule will be disseminated in due course. Outside of this schedule, the GFMD cannot provide any other transportation service. Please note, too, that taxi fares will not be reimbursed by the GFMD.

Transportation services (from airport to hotel and back) will be provided only to the above-listed GFMD hotels (also found in Annex C of the logistics note).

A welcome desk will be set up at the airport, at designated GFMD hotels, and at the venue to assist GFMD delegations.

Officially the Republic of Ecuador, is a country in northwestern South America with a population of over 16,385,068 (2016 estimate). Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands. It is governed as a democratic presidential republic.

Religion and Language

Spanish is the official language and is spoken by a majority of the population, though Amerindian languages are also recognized, including Quichua and Shuar. When it comes to religion, the Ecuadorian society is relatively homogeneous, with Christianity being the primary religion. Roman Catholicism is the main Christian denomination in the country. However, affiliation with Protestant churches is increasing.



Ecuador’s official currency is the US dollar. You may find indicative exchange rates at https://www.xe.com/currency/usd-us-dollar.

Currency exchange services are available at the airport, hotel receptions (for smaller amounts in USD) and currency exchange offices (casa de cambio)

Banking Hours

Most banks only open from 9 AM until 1 or 1:30 PM Monday to Friday.


The weather of Ecuador varies by region, due to differences in elevation (2,850m in Quito) and, to a degree, in proximity to the equator. The weather in Quito is consistent with that of a subtropical highland climate. The city has barely any cool air since it is close to the equator. The average temperature during the day is 70 °F (21 °C), which generally falls to an average of 50 °F (10 °C) at night.


Ecuador has made significant progress in the area of citizen safety in certain crimes.

Dial Code and Phone Calls

The international dial for Ecuador is +593. To call Quito you should dial the international code (593) + 2. There are three mobile networks in Ecuador: Claro, Movistar, and CNT. All three operators offer 2G, 3G and 4G prepaid SIM cards and they can be bought from shops, supermarkets, kiosks, pharmacies, official stores, and at the Airport. To add credit, there are several prepaid SIM card machines around towns and cities, and vouchers are stocked in shops and supermarkets.


Ecuador uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, same as the whole American continent. Plugs are typically the two pronged flat type.

Medical Services in Quito

  • Recommended central private hospital

Important Numbers


Quito Mariscal Sucre Airport: +593 (2) 395-4200

Police and emergencies: 911

Information call: 160

Media Accreditation

More information coming soon

For general inquiries about the Twelfth GFMD Summit Meeting (logistics, administrative, coordination, etc.) please contact the GFMD Support Unit via email support.unit@gfmd.org or telephone: +4122 788 49 46 / +4122 788 49 47.

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