Thematic Ad Hoc Working Groups

The GFMD Operating Modalities provide for the creation by the Steering Group of thematic Ad hoc Working Groups (WGs). The WGs consult with the GFMD Troika and the GFMD Steering Group to ensure that the WG activities are in line with the priorities of the Chairmanship and serve the general interest of the GFMD process. Group membership is on a voluntary basis and maintains regional balance. The WGs are also open to non-state partners, particularly international organizations that can offer relevant thematic expertise, as well as representatives of the civil society and business sectors. 

As an outcome of GFMD 2008, two Government-led Ad hoc Working Groups – one on Protection and Empowerment of Migrants, and the other on Policy Coherence, Data and Research – were created with an aim to link GFMD recommendations to existing and forthcoming thematic priorities, and to encourage pilot activities. These working groups were disbanded in 2013 as the changing policy landscape necessitated a change in focus.

Members of the Ad hoc WG on 2030 Agenda and GCM

Bangladesh   Germany

Bangladesh (Co-Chair), Germany (Co-Chair), Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Republic of Moldova, Sweden and Switzerland

Members of the Ad hoc WG on Communications

Mexico   Morocco

Mexico (Co-Chair), Morocco (Co-Chair), Australia, Bangladesh, Germany, Ghana, Tunisia, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates

In their place, two further working groups were created.

In 2016 the Working Group on 2030 Agenda and the GCM was created in order to “consider the best ways for the GFMD to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to contribute to the follow-up and review process.” In addition to the Report produced at the end of 2016, this working group produced concrete and significant outcomes, specifically the GFMD Recommendations to the HLPF in 2017 and 2018 and the “Thematic Recollection 2007-2017”.  

For more information see: Ad Hoc Working Group on the 2030 Agenda and the Global Compact on Migration – Terms of Reference

Additionally, in 2015, recognizing that a sound communication strategy is of vital importance for an intergovernmental body like the GFMD, the Ad hoc Working Group (WG) on Communications was established. Its objective is to assess the GFMD’s communication needs and the feasibility of adopting new ways for effective communication. After conducting a survey of the Forum’s communication needs, the WG presented its Report at the 2016 Dhaka Summit with short to long term recommendations on how to enhance GFMD communications. Most of the immediate recommendations have been implemented, and a GFMD communications strategy, completed in 2018, now serves as the basis of a GFMD communications plan.

For more information see: Ad Hoc Working Group on Communications – Terms of Reference