International Migration and Development: 2013 UN High-level Dialogue and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

2013 UN High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development

Click here to read the GMG position paper and recommendations towards the High-level Dialogue and the accompanying press release

Click here to read the GMG position paper and recommendations towards the High-level Dialogue.

The GMG has actively supported for the 2013 UN High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development. Among other activities, the GMG was central in preparing a set of proposed recommendations and outcomes on migration for of the High Level Dialogue, coordinated by UNFPA and IOM following a request by the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination. The full text is available here. In addition, a report on "International Migration and Development: Contributions and Recommendations of the International System" was coordinated by UNFPA and IOM as a publication of the UN Chief Executive Board for Coordination.

Led by the UN Regional Commissions, numerous GMG agencies have contributed to Regional Preparatory Meetings for the High Level Dialogue, as requested by the UN General Assembly in resolution A/RES/67/219. See here for more detail.  

UN/DESA, UNFPA and IOM co-organized a series of preparatory roundtables for the High Level Dialogue aimed at delegations and other stakeholders based in New York.

Furthermore, GMG agencies supported States in their substantive preparations for the four round tables held during the High level Dialogue.

The GMG held a side event during the High Level Dialogue on its work, priorities and future directions. The event was opened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and closed by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Migration and Development Peter Sutherland. For the programme, click here. For the webcast of the event, click here.

The Chair of the GMG also delivered a statement on behalf of the group during the plenary of the High Level Dialogue

Preparing for the post-2015 Development Agenda

Ensuring that migration is included in the post-2015 development agenda is a stated objective for the GMG. As such, the GMG is participating in and contributing to different processes working towards a new vision for global development.     

GMG Communiqué and Discussion Paper

All 18 Principals of the GMG endorsed a GMG Joint Communiqué on “Realizing the Inclusion of Migrants and Migration in the Post-2015 United Nations Development Agenda”, which was published on 12 November 2014.

A GMG Discussion Paper elaborating on the elements detailed in the Communiqué was subsequently published at the International Conference organized by the GMG on "Harnessing Migration, Remittances and Diaspora Contributions for Financing Sustainable Development". 

GMG Position Paper

On the occasion of the UN General Assembly High-level event on MDGs and the post-2015 development agenda on 25 September 2013, the GMG launched its Position Paper “Integrating migration in the post-2015 UN Development Agenda”. Click here for the Position Paper. Click here for the press release.


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