The GFMD Mayors Mechanism

Following the growing emphasis on the need for a whole-of-government and whole-of society approach to migration and development issues, the GFMD has recognized the value of involving local government authorities in GFMD discussions through the establishment of a Mayors Mechanism in 2018. First presented at the GFMD Preparatory Meetings in September 2018, the Mechanism was launched officially on 8 December 2018 in Marrakesh at the Fifth Mayoral Forum Meeting, held just after the close of the Marrakesh GFMD Summit.

The Mayors Mechanism is a means to formalize the relationship between the government-led GFMD process and the local authorities participating in the Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration, and Development (‘Mayoral Forum’), an annual City-led dialogue launched in 2013 at the UN General Assembly’s Second High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (HLD). The Mechanism provides local authorities with opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, networking, and exchange of practices. It establishes a platform to interact with States, and provides an opportunity to bolster innovative solutions to shared challenges. It also aims to add depth to the GFMD deliberations by bridging existing divides between local realities and global policy discussions, and between migrants, civil society, and States.  

The Mechanism is co-steered by:

  • United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
  • The Mayors Migration Council (MMC)
  • The International Organization for Migration (IOM)

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Mayoral Forum Meetings

6th Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development, January 2020, Quito

The establishment of the Mayors Mechanism led to the first-ever integration of the Mayoral Forum into the GFMD in January 2020, Quito and to the formal inclusion of invited local and regional authorities (LRAs) in the government-led Roundtables and Common Space. Under the overarching theme ‘From Large Movements to the Global Compacts: Cities as First Responders’, LRAs discussed the implications of the Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees in their local and regional contexts, and discussed how to follow through on city commitments in the Marrakesh Mayors Declaration, adopted in 2018.

  • 6th Mayoral Forum Concept note and Programme [EN]-[FR] -[ES]
  • Press Release
  • RT 3.1 Background Paper - Supporting arrival cities through policy coherence and multi-stakeholders partnerships [EN] - [FR] - [ES]

5th Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development, 8 December 2018, Marrakesh

  • 2018 Marrakesh Mayors Declaration (EN | FR | ES )

4th Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development, 26-27 June 2017, Berlin

  • 2017 Berlin Mayoral Declaration on Migrants and Refugees: Meeting Needs, Protecting Rights and Fostering Empowerment ( EN | FR | ES )