Office of the President of the General Assembly
Preparatory event for the 2013 High-level Dialogue on International Migration 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.
- Dr. Mwaba Patricia Kasese-Bota, Zambia
This last Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development (GFRID), held at the United Nations Headquarters on 15 and 16 June 2017, marks a decade of successful forums.
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.”
In 2013, the number of international migrants worldwide reached 232 million. Migration can bring substantial benefits, but can also have negative consequences. Both developing and developed economies need migrants to meet the demand for workers with different levels of skills.
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.