Working Group on Migration, Human Rights and Gender

The GMG Working Group (WG) on migration, human rights and gender was established pursuant to a decision of the GMG Principals on 14 November 2012. The WG is co-chaired by OHCHR and UN WOMEN.

The WG provides guidance to the GMG in addressing international migration from a human rights perspective, with a particular focus on the promotion and protection of the human rights of all migrants and their families in support of positive migration outcomes. The WG has identified key objectives through which it aims to support the integration of a human rights-based and gender-sensitive approach to migration in key policy processes, including the post-2015 development framework, taking into account the rights of the most vulnerable and fostering the recognition and promotion of the important contributions migrants make to communities, societies, and to development more broadly.

The WG is in the process of developing Principles and Guidelines, supported by practical guidance, on the human rights protection of migrants in vulnerable situations. The development of these guidelines has been through a multi-stakeholder and expert-based approach responding to a pressing need to operationalize existing standards of protection for migrants within these precarious movements.

See Terms of Reference.


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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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