Global Migration Group (GMG) Principal's Meeting
The meeting of GMG Principals on 3 July 2013 will have a two-fold objective: devise a joint GMG strategy regarding the upcoming High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (hosted by the UN General Assembly on 3-4 October 2013) as well as regarding the place of migration within the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda; and agree on the next steps for reforming the GMG mechanism drawing upon the results of the internal review undertaken in 2012. This meeting will thus be decisive in terms of further structuring and reinforcing the work of the GMG but also increasing its relevance against current priorities of the international community.
Established by the Secretary General in early 2006 in response to a recommendation of the Global Commission on Internal Migration, the GMG is an interagency mechanism composed of 16 members and mandated to coordinate action regarding migration.
UNESCO is an active member of this mechanism. The Organisation’s Director-General Irina Bokova chaired the GMG in the 2nd half of 2011 while acted as its interim Chair from January to May 2012.
The GMG Principals decided in April 2012 to launch an internal review of the GMG with a view to promoting a more coherent and consistent approach to migration through increased coordination and synergies among its members. The review outcomes led to the adoption of a set of recommendations at the November 2012 Principals’ meeting. These recommendations included inter alia the definition of new chairing arrangements for the Group, the creation of an administrative secretariat, the establishment of a multi-annual work plan, the creation of thematic working groups on human rights, gender equality and migration, migration and decent labour. At the July 1st meeting, the Principals will discuss the proposed documents elaborated at the working level regarding each of these recommendations.
At the same time, the meeting will serve to exchange and agree on a common approach to forthcoming milestones on the international development agenda. Specifically, it will allow agreeing on the key elements of a possible GMG message to the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (hosted by the UN General Assembly on 3-4 October 2013) and also on ways to collaborate for promoting the integration of migration in the post-2015 development agenda currently under negotiation.