United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP's aim is to maximize the developmental benefits of migration for poor countries and people, and to mitigate any negative consequences. UNDP country offices provide capacity development support to governments that wish to develop pro-poor, pro- development and human rights-based migration strategies, as part of their broader (MDG-based) national development strategies. In follow-up to the 2009 Human Development Report on human mobility and development, particular attention is given to strengthening inter-agency cooperation at global and country levels to support governments and UN country teams in efforts to mainstream migration in national development planning processes. Within the international debate on migration, UNDP advocates for a focus on sustainable human development and protecting the rights of migrants, as well as on reducing barriers to mobility including through progress on the GATS Mode 4 negotiations on the temporary movement of labour.

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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

UNESCO emphasizes the human face of migration and addresses the implications of the movement of people in its fields of competence which include: migration education nexus and the challenges raised by the mobility of skilled professionals, students and the international recognition of qualifications; migration development nexus; impact of global environmental change on migration; social inclusion of migrants in host societies and the balance between their cultural integration and the respect for cultural diversity; research policy nexus through the creation of research networks and innovative platforms enabling exchanges between researchers and policy-makers. UNESCO cooperates with a wide range of partners, including intergovernmental organizations, civil society groups and universities. The overall goal is to promote the respect for the human rights of migrants, including migrants living with disabilities, and to contribute to their peaceful integration in society, mainly by promoting the value and respect of cultural diversity in multicultural societies, strengthening the capacity, sustainability and effectiveness of Diaspora networks as a means to promote brain gain through the use of ICTs and promoting the social integration of migrants in the city. In all these activities, a gender sensitive and a human rights-based approach are integrated.

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United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

UN Women is the global champion for gender equality and women’s empowerment, working to develop and uphold standards for achieving gender equality globally. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the accountability of the UN system in its work in advancing gender equality, including through intergovernmental and inter-agency processes. Around the world, there are a record number of women migrating to seek work and better lives. For many, migration yields these benefits; for others, it carries dangerous risks, such as labour exploitation, particularly in the care economy, and a heightened vulnerability to gender-based discrimination and violence. Migration policies and practices have been slow to recognize these gendered risks and put in place measures to protect the labour and human rights of migrant women and girls. UN Women, in line with its mandate, plays a leading role in advocating for gender equality considerations to be at the heart of all international migration governance, including the development and implementation of the global compact for migration.

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

In order to fulfill its mandate to protect refugees and find durable solutions for them, UNHCR is actively involved in a range of activities with a direct bearing on migration. They include contributing to the work of regional for a on migration and asylum; assisting states to address the phenomenon of mixed migratory movements; capacity-building and institutional support relating to asylum; data-collection and analysis on forced migration and secondary movements of refugees; advocacy relating to asylum, statelessness and the phenomenon of internal displacement; provision of assistance for the voluntary repatriation and reintegration of refugees and return of displaced persons; advocacy to encourage the development aid community to recognize and mitigate the development impact of hosting large numbers of refugees or receiving back large number or refugees and displaced persons.

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United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes Inclusive and Sustainable Development (ISID) for the eradication of poverty, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. UNIDO's mandate represents an opportunity to address the some of the root causes of migration such as high unemployment rate and lack of basic infrastructure in the post-crisis situation. Promoting ISID also speaks to the needs of displaced communities that include refugees and migrants and empowers them in terms of knowledge, skills and self reliance. We work closely with other UN agencies and development partners to support countries hugely impacted by migration and large movements of people in order to benefit displaced communities and migrants as well as local communities through the following assistance: 1) capacity building; 2) knowledge sharing; 3) technology transfer; 4) investment; 5) job creation; 6) income generation activities; 7) access to sustainable energy; 8) environmental management and cleaner production.

UNIDO's main migration focus is on strengthening the migration-development nexus, which UNIDO can significantly contribute to, and its key areas are as follow: 1) human security, post-crisis rehabilitation and migration issues; 2) long-term economic development, job creation and stabilization; 3) sustainable energy, climate change adapation and migration.

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United Nations Institute for Training & Research (UNITAR)

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) mandate is to strengthen the effectiveness of the United Nations system through capacity development activities for its Member States.  UNITAR co-convenes the GMG’s Task Force on Capacity Development with IOM, and acts as Focal Point on Capacity Development for the World Bank’s KNOMAD Project.  The Institute’s Human Mobility Programme (HMP) launched in 2011 focuses on: strengthening local governance; promoting dialogue; and effective learning in the context of migration-related capacity development projects.  For close to two decades, UNITAR has supported inter-agency collaboration in the field of international migration, dedicated to promoting inclusive dialogue among all relevant stakeholders in the migration process through the inter-agency IMP Programme, which worked to serve the needs of governments in sub-regions prior to the establishment of Regional Consultative Processes. More recently between 2006-2010, UNITAR, (with partners, IOM, the MacArthur Foundation, and UNFPA), established the first opportunity for continuous training, networking, trust building, and the exchange of information and advanced policy thinking amongst government representatives and the broader international community on the subject of migration and development at the United Nations in New York.

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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

As guardian of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, the mandate of UNODC is to assist the international community to prevent and combat these crimes, prosecute the criminals who commit them, protect and assist trafficked persons and smuggled migrants, and promote cooperation to these ends. The assistance provided by UNODC focuses on the criminal justice components of responding to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, keeping in mind the need to assist and protect victims of trafficking in persons and protect the rights of smuggled migrants. UNODC provides technical assistance in the following seven areas of work: Prevention and awareness raising; Data collection and research; Legislative assistance; Strategic planning and policy development; Criminal justice system responses; Protection of victims of trafficking in persons and rights of smuggled migrants; and Strengthening cooperation and partnerships.

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United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

International migration has important implications for population dynamics and thus for the core mandate of UNFPA. UNFPA's approach towards policy and programmatic interventions in this area is rights-based and culture and gender sensitive. Among issues of particular concern are the challenges of female migration, including trafficking and smuggling; migration and the spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS; the provision of basic social services, including reproductive health services, in areas of destination; protection of the human rights of migrants; migration and climate change; migration and young people; and migration statistics. UNFPA seeks to improve migration data, research and institutional capacity for formulating and implementing migration policies and programmes; facilitate policy dialogue, and strengthen partnerships to enhance understanding of the complexity of migration flows and their links to development. UNFPA is strongly dedicated to providing directed policy, advocacy and technical support to ensure that international migration is recognized as an important factor in development.

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United Nations University (UNU)

The United Nations University (UNU) is a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organization headquartered in Japan. The University is comprised of 13 institutes and programmes located in 12 countries each with its own Director, advisory board and staff.

The mission of the UN University is to contribute, through collaborative research and education, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States.

In carrying out this mission, the UNU works with leading universities and research institutes in UN Member States, functioning as a bridge between the international academic community and the United Nations system. Through postgraduate teaching activities, UNU contributes to capacity building, particularly in developing countries.

The UNU Migration Network brings together UNU's considerable expertise on migration. Research, analysis and policy advice on migration from UNU covers a wide spectrum of perspectives, from the economics of migration, to factors that trigger migration, such as climate change, to questions of security, development, culture, diversity and mobility.

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World Bank

The World Bank's engagement on international migration focuses on the development impact of migration and remittances for developing countries. The focus to date has been largely on generating reliable data and deepening existing knowledge on the potential benefits and costs of migration at both the household and aggregate level. This work has lead to a number of important global and regional reports and has improved the availability and quality of data on priority issues. Operational work to date has focused on reducing the costs of remittances and better channeling of these resources; enhancing the portability of pensions and strengthening the protection of migrant workers. The World Bank has also been actively engaged in the attempt to gain global policy coherence in the area of international migration by means of improved partnerships and coordination.

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Please be advised that following extensive system-wide consultations and the proposal by the UN Deputy Secretary-General and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration, the UN Secretary-General decided, at a meeting of the Executive Committee on 23 May 2018, to establish a UN Network on Migration, as a successor to the Global Migration Group, to ensure effective, coordinated system-wide support to the implementation of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.


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