Sixteenth coordination meeting on international migration

New York

15 February 2018 to 16 February 2018


International migration is a global phenomenon that 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 migration patterns are complemented by new migratory flows, fueled by changing economic, demographic, political and social realities. Changing migration patterns affect the size and composition of migrant populations as well as host and origin economies and societies. The rise in global mobility, the growing complexity of migratory patterns and the impact of population movements have contributed to international migration becoming a priority for the international community.

The purpose of the meeting will be to contribute to the preparation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration by (a) taking stock of existing data and research on relevant topics, (b) highlighting gaps in the current evidence base and (c) assessing priorities for the further development of data, research and training to support the implementation of the Global Compact. In addition, the meeting will allow participants to share information about progress in monitoring the implementation of the migration-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting will also allow participants to present and coordinate their recent activities and initiatives on migration.


Organization of work

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Morning session



Opening of the meeting

  • Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. Opening remarks



I. The global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration: An overview

  • Moderator: Laura Thompson, International Organization for Migration (IOM). 



II. The global migration compact: Review and follow up 



  • Moderator: Sarah Lou Arriola, Undersecretary for Migrant Worker Affairs, Philippines



Afternoon session





III. International migration: A tool for development



  • Moderator: Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Bangladesh



IV. Implementing the New York Declaration: Strengthingh data, research and training



  • Moderator: Jean-Christophe Dumont, OECD


Friday, 16 February 2018


Morning session     



V. Migration-related SDG targets: Brief updates on indicators



  •  Moderator: Bela Hovy, Population Division / UN DESA [presentation]



VI. Disaggregation by migratory status (17.18.1, tier III): Interactive discussion



  • Moderator: Haoyi Chen, Statistics Division / UN DESA [presentation]



Afternoon session



VII. Tour-de-table 

  • Brief presentations on recent and upcoming activities
  • Moderator: Jonathan Prentice, Office of the SRSG for International Migration



VIII. Closing of the meeting 

  • Jorge Bravo, Population Division. Closing remarks


Background documents


New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (A/RES/71/1)
Making migration work for development. Report of the Secretary-General (A72/643)

Session I. The global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration: An overview

Global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. Zero draft. 5 February 2018
Thematic Recollection 2007 – 2017. GFMD contribution to the GCM [En | Fr | Es]
Ten acts for the global compact. A civil society vision for a transformative agenda for human mobility, migration and development

Session II. The global migration compact: Review and follow-up

Lessons for the GCM Based on Existing International Mechanisms for Follow-up and Review. Columbia Global Policy Initiative & the University of Ottawa’s Refugee Hub
Global Compact on Safe, Orderly & Regular Migration. Draft Discussion Paper on Compact Goals and Priorities. Columbia Global Policy Initiative & the University of Ottawa’s Refugee Hub

Session III. International migration: A tool for global development?

Migration as a form of development. UN DESA/Population Division. Technical Paper No. 2017/8

Session IV. Implementing the NY Declaration: Strengthening data, research and training

Recommendations from the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
Improving data for safe, orderly and regular migration. UN DESA/IOM/OECD

Session V and VI. Migration-related SDG targets and disaggregation by migratory status

Tier Classification for Global SDG Indicators, 15 December 2017
United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Improving Migration Data in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. United Nations, New York, 20 to 22 June 2017 

Contribution on remittances from the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Side events


15 February 2018
1:15 - 2:30pm

Meet-the-author Ellen Percy Kray. Demography of Refugee and Forced Migration (Springer)

Organizer: United Nations Bookshop

Location: United Nations Bookshop, GA Building, Visitors’ Concourse


16 February 2018
8:00 - 9:30am

Launch of Call to Action: Protecting children on the move starts with better data

Organizer: UNICEF/ Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations

Location: Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017

Note: Breakfast will be served. Please RSVP here by Thursday, February 15th, 2018 (mandatory for participation


16 February 2018
1:15 - 2:30pm

UNITAR Series of briefings for delegates – Module 1: Launch of the Compendium of agreed language on international migration


Location: UNCA 310