Eleventh coordination meeting on international migration

New York

21 February 2013 to 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 Nations development agenda, especially in light of the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development held by the General Assembly on 3-4 October 2013.


Organization of work

Thursday, 21 February 2013

      10.00 – 13.00      

Morning session


I. Opening remarks


  •  John Wilmoth, Population Division/DESA


II. Global Forum on migration and development: Past, present and future





  • Moderator: Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs



III. The 2013 High-level Dialogue: Expectations and follow-up


  • Peter Sutherland, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration and Development


  • William Lacy Swing, Director-General, International Organization for Migration 

  • Moderator: Luis Alfonso de Alba, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations
15.00 – 18.00

Afternoon session 


IV. Preparing for the 2013 High-level Dialogue



  • William Gois, Migrant Forum Asia. Preparations and expectations by civil society




  • Moderator: Clare Menozzi, Population Division/DESA

      Friday, 22 February 2013      

      10.00 – 13.00      

Morning session  


V. Migration and development: Recent contributions to the evidence base





  • Moderator: Sabine Henning, Population Division/DESA

15.00 – 18.00

Afternoon session  


VI. New initiatives on international migration


  • The post-2015 UN development agenda, Migrants-in-crisis, Concise report on migration and human rights – Presentations and Tour-de-table


  • Moderator: Bela Hovy, Population Division/DESA


VII. Closing remarks


  • Bela Hovy, Population Division/DESA

Contributed papers

Background documents

General Assembly documents

  • Report by the Secretary-General on International migration and development (A/67/254)

General Assembly resolutions

Other documents

  • Global Migration Policy Associates. Concept note - Global Migration Policy Associates. 
  • United Nations Statistics Division. Data Collection on International Migration Update as of 1 February 2013. 
  • United Nations University and Care. Fact Sheet - Where the Rain Falls: Climate Change, Food and Livelihood Security, and Migration. 
  • Global Forum on Migration and Development, Civil Society. GFMD Civil Society Programme 2012: Recommendations and Benchmarks. 
  • Global Hearing on Refugees and Migration. The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration
  • Global Unions. Global Unions' statement on 2013 High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development. 
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Info sheet -Human Trafficking Case Law Database. 
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Info-Sheet - Voluntary Reporting System on Migrant Smuggling and Related Conduct (VRS-MSRC). 
  • Georgetown University. The Crisis Migration Project: Humanitarian Crisis and Human Movement - Summary Report, Year One. Institute for the Study of International Migration 
  • United Nations University and Care. Where the Rain Falls: Climate Change, Food and Livelihood Security, and Migration

Other Relevant Information

  • Migration Section, Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Indicative List of conferences and meetings leading up to the 2013 High-level Dialogue.