High-level debate on international migration and development

New York

27 February 2019
27 February 2019

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Opening of High-Level Debate

Opening Remarks by the President of the General Assembly,
H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés

10:15 a.m. –1:00 p.m.

Panel 1: Overview on Progress in Achieving Migration-related Goals

This session will provide a high-level and strategic overview on the progress in achieving the various goals/targets around migration. The discussion will focus on what has been achieved, what the gaps are, and what new or emerging issues and policy development need to be considered. The discussion will showcase good practices in including migration in voluntary national reviews at the HLPF

1. H.E. Mr. Santiago Javier Chavez Pareja, Chair of the GFMD 2019, Vice Minister for Human Mobility of Ecuador
2. H.E. Ms. Valentine Rugwabiza, Permanent Representative of Rwanda
3. Mr. António Vitorino, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration
4. Ms. Roula Hamati, Insan Association and Civil Society Chair for GFMD

Moderator: Ms. Marion Barthelemy, Director, Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

3:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Panel 2: Addressing capacity building gaps, mobilizing resources and developing processes and policies and building partnerships

Panel Discussion: This session will look at how to further make progress on the Goals including the challenges and opportunities. The speakers will focus on addressing capacity building gaps, mobilizing resources for migration governance, linking to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and learning of innovative technologies, processes or policy developments. Furthermore, as cooperation and collaboration are essential in these areas, the session will also highlight the importance of partnerships.

1. H. E. Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Government of Bangladesh
2. Ms. Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
3. Ms. Henriette Geiger, Director for People and Peace Directorate General for Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (DG DEVCO)
4. Mr. Roberto Suárez Santos, the Secretary General of the International Organization of Employers
5. Ms. Alexis Bautista of Migrant Forum in Asia, Global Coalition on Migration

Moderator: H.E. Mr. Agustín Santos Maraver, Permanent Representative of Spain

5:45 p.m – 6:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks by the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Ms.María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés