6th Global Forum on Migration and Development

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 - 8:15am to Thursday, 22 November 2012 - 6:30pm
Port Louis
Type of Event: 
Meeting by Member States or Institutions
estrellalajom@gfmd.org; MauritiusChair2012@gfmd.org
Under the theme of “Enhancing the human development of migrants and their contribution to the development of communities and states”, the 6thGlobal Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) will be opened by HE UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. <br /><br /><br/>The 2012 GFMD summit in Mauritius will be attended by policy makers, politicians and experts in migration and development. As the GFMD is a state-led process, more than 160 government representatives, as well as representatives from relevant UN agencies are expected. <br /><br />Each event will be led by two or more co-chairs ideally representing developed and developing countries. <br /><br />There will be three roundtable sessions evolving around three topics, each of which includes sub-topics: <br /><br />1) Circulating Labour for Inclusive Development <br />a. Beyond-the-border Skills and Jobs for Human Development <br />b. Supporting Migrants and Diaspora as Agents of Socioeconomic Change <br /><br />2) Factoring Migration into Development Planning <br />a. Supporting National Development through Migration (Mainstreaming Processes, Extended Migration Profiles and Poverty Reduction Strategies)<br />b. Addressing South-South Migration and Development Policies<br /><br />3) Managing Migration and Perceptions of Migration for development results<br />a. Improving Public Perceptions of Migrants and Migration <br />b. Migrant Protection and Migration Management<br />c. Protecting Migrant Domestic Workers-Enhancing their Development Potential <br /><br />Moreover, various entities (e.g. EU, AU, ACP) will present their statements on current issues related to migration and development. <br /><br />Another topic will be the internal GFMD Assessment on structures and processes of the GFMD. <br />Founded in 2007, the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is a initiative of the United Nations Member States to address the interconnections between migration and development in a practical and action-oriented way. <br /><br />This informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led process marks the culmination of more than a decade of international dialogue on the growing importance of the linkages between migration and development. <br /><br />In an intergovernmental framework, the progressive acknowledgement of the limits of a strictly national approach to migration questions is reflected. Moreover, recognizing the societal implications of migration at national, regional and international level, the process was quickly able to involve civil society representatives. <br /><br />The objectives of the GFMD are:<br /><br />- To provide a venue for policy-makers and high-level policy practitioners in order to informally discuss relevant policies, practical challenges and opportunities of the migration-development nexus, and engage with other stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations, experts and migrant organizations so that practical and action-oriented outcomes at national, bilateral and international level can be fostered. <br /><br />- To exchange good practices and experiences, which can be duplicated or adapted to other circumstances, in order to maximize the development benefits of migration and migration flows.<br /><br />- To identify information, policy and institutional gaps, which need to be filled to foster synergies and greater policy coherence at national, regional and international levels between the migration and development policy areas.<br /><br />- To establish partnerships and cooperation on migration and development in between governments, as well as between governments and other stakeholders, such as international organizations, diasporas, migrants and university researchers.<br /><br />- Have an impact on the calendar of international priorities and put migration and development higher on the international political agenda.