Migration and development in focus for global forum
The 8th Summit Meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) was held in Istanbul from 14 to 16 October, hosted by Turkey, the GFMD Chair in-Office for 2014-2015. The event was preceded by the Civil Society Days from 12-13 October.
The purpose of the GFMD is to address the multi-dimensional aspects, opportunities and challenges related to international migration and its inter-linkages with development. Around 150 countries took part in this year’s Forum, which comes in the wake of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and amidst heightened global focus on the plight of migrants and refugees.
Participants had the opportunity to discuss a broad range of issues under three main themes, i) human mobility and the well-being of migrants, ii) migration as a factor in development, iii) enhancing international cooperation on emerging issues in migration and mobility, as well as in numerous side events.
The UN Deputy Secretary-General, H.E. Jan Eliasson, delivered the keynote address on “Strengthening Partnerships: Migration and Human Mobility for Sustainable Development”. On behalf of UN DESA, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs Thomas Gass and the Chief of the Migration Section participated as speakers in the Summit Meeting and the Civil Society Days.
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