International migration

International Migrants Day 2021: Harnessing the potential of human mobility

On 4 December 2000, the General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December International Migrants Day (A/RES/55/93). On that day, in 1990, the Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (A/RES/45/158). 


Briefing for Member States on substantive reports in preparation for the forty-ninth session of the Commission on Population and Development


The special theme for the forty-ninth session of the Commission on Population and Development, which will take place during 11-15 April 2016, will be “Strengthening the demographic evidence base for the post-2015 development agenda”. In preparation for the Commission, this meeting will brief member states on the substantive reports.

Provisional Agenda

Opening remarks

  • Dr. Mwaba Patricia Kasese-Bota, Zambia




First High-level Dialogue on international migration and development

The first-ever plenary session of the UN General Assembly on migration issues opens 14 September at the United Nations in New York, with a focus on ways to maximize the development benefits of migration and to reduce difficulties.

“We are only beginning to learn how to make migration work more consistently for development,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report prepared in anticipation of the meeting. “Each of us holds a piece of the migration puzzle, but none has the whole picture. It is time to start putting it together.”


Second retreat on Migration indicators for the post-2015 United Nations development agenda


In July 2014, the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals proposed a set of goals and targets to serve as the basis for incorporating sustainable development goals into the post-2015 development agenda. The outcome document of the OWG contained several targets which are of direct relevance to international migration, migrants and mobility.