World Food Programme (WFP)

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency fighting hunger worldwide. With a dual humanitarian-development mandate, WFP responds to acute crises and works with vulnerable communities over the longer term to build resilience to shocks and stressors, while providing technical assistance to national governments aimed at enabling them to design and roll-out effective hunger eradication strategies. WFP concentrates its efforts abd resources on the neediest people and countries, in order that the greatest share of the organization's operational footprint is low-income countries. It also maintains a presence in a number of middle -income countries that are continuing to experience challenges in eradicating hunger.

WFP also works to respond to mixed-migration patterns and provides assistance to migrants who have ended up being stranded in difficult situations following the outbreak of conflicts. It is mandated to provide food assistance and build resilience in parts of the world that are experiencing chronic food insecurity. For this reason, WFP has deep and strong operational presence in parts of Asia and Africa that are a major source of international migration flows while experiencing massive inflows of remittances. Through its in-house expertise in Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM), WFP has amassed a wealth of knowledge concerning the drivers of migration and impact of remittance flows. In the context of a rapidly urbanizing world, WFP is increasingly intervening in towns and cities. A large proportion of the beneficiaries of this assistance have recently migrated from rural areas in search of economic opportunities and send remittances back to other family members in the village.

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World Health Organization (WHO)

Health of migrants and health matters associated with migration are crucial public health challenges that concern the WHO and it's Member States. The work of WHO in this domain is guided by the Resolution on the Health of Migrants which was endorsed by the 61st World Health Assembly in 2008 and asks Member States to take action on migrant sensitive health policies and practices and directs WHO to promote migrant health on the international agenda, in partnership with other organizations and interregional cooperation. In 2010, a Global Consultation on migrant health reached consensus among stakeholders on priority areas for an operational framework which assists the Organization in pursuing the implementation of the Resolution. The priority areas are: monitoring migrant health, migrant sensitive health systems; policy and legal frameworks; and networks and multi country frameworks.

In addition, the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel addresses the migration of health personnel which is weakening health systems in especially developing countries. The Code, which was accepted during the 63rd World Health Assembly, promotes the ethical international recruitment of health personnel as part of strengthening health systems.

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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.


The UN Network on Migration can be contacted via its Secretariat at [email protected]