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Eleventh Coordination Meeting on International Migration
New York, 21-22 February 2013

International migration is a global phenomenon is growing in scope,complexity and impact. Today, virtually all countries in the world are simultaneously countries of destination, origin and transit for international migrants. Traditional immigration patterns are complemented by new migratory flows, fuelled by changing economic, demographic, political and social conditions. Changing migration patterns affect the size and composition of immigrant populations as well as economies and societies in countries of origin and destination.

The rise in global mobility, the growing complexity of migratory patterns and the impact of such movements on development have all contributed to international migration becoming a priority for the international community.

The 2013 Coordination Meeting on International Migration focus on recent migration trends and their relevance for development in countries of origin, destination and transit. The meeting addressed the importance of international migration on the United Nation development agenda, especially in light of the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development held by the General Assembly in 3-4 October 2013.

Objectives of the meeting

The Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations is organizing the eleventh annual Coordination Meeting on International Migration to take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on 21 and 22 February 2013. The meeting is being held in response to General Assembly resolution 58/208 of 13 February 2004, which requests the Secretary-General to continue convening meetings to coordinate international migration activities.

The eleventh coordination meeting has the four main objectives. First, in response to recent General Assembly resolutions, the meeting will review preparations for the second High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, which will be organized by the General Assembly on 3 and 4 October 2013. Second, the meeting will discuss how the Global Forum on Migration and Development, which was created as a result of the first High-level Dialogue held in 2006, has advanced the global dialogue on international migration and development. Third, the meeting will be briefed on recent contributions to the migration evidence base. Fourth, the meeting will allow international organizations to exchange information on current migration activities and to present new initiatives.

By bringing together entities of the United Nations system, other relevant intergovernmental organizations and civil society, the coordination meeting provides a unique opportunity to enhance interagency coherence and cooperation on migration in maximizing the benefits and addressing the negative impacts of migration for development.

The outcomes of the meeting will contribute to the report of the Secretary-General on international migration and development to be prepared for the 2013 High-level Dialogue.

Background documents

General Assembly Documents

General Assembly Resolutions

Other Documents

Other Relevant Information

Agenda

Thursday, 21 February 2013
I. Opening of the meeting
II. The Global Forum on Migration and Development: Past, Present, Future
III. The 2013 High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development: Preparations by the United Nations system and civil society
Friday, 22 February 2013
IV. Improving the evidence base on migration: Recent developments and findings
V. New initiatives on international migration and development
VI. Closing of the meeting

Side events

Thursday, 20 February 2014
Strengthening Cooperation and Partnerships between the Global Migration Group (GMG) and the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)

I. Opening remarks
II. Cooperation between the Swedish GFMD 2013-2014 and the GMG
III. Areas for further cooperation and partnerships post-2013 HLD
IV. Reflections on future cooperation between the Turkish GFMD 2015 and the GMG
V. Closing remarks

Friday, 21 February 2014
Strengthening Cooperation and Partnerships between Civil Society, Social Partners and the Global Migration Group (GMG)

I. Opening remarks
II. Interactive dialogue on GMG work programme
V. Closing remarks

Contributed papers

Contributed papers

Global Forum on Migration and Development: Past, Present, and Future

Preparing for the 2013 High-lvel Dialogue

Migration and Development: Recent contributions to the evidence base