Fifteenth coordination meeting on international migration

New York

16 February 2017 to 17 February 2017


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, fuelled 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 15th Coordination Meeting on International Migration will take stock of progress made in implementing the migration-related commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (A/RES/70/1). The meeting wil also contribute to the implementation of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (A/RES/71/1) by reviewing the substantive preparations for the 2018 intergovernmental conference on international migration, with a particular focus on the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration (A/RES/71/1, Annex II).



Organization of work

Thursday, 16 February 2017

10.00 – 13.00

Morning session 


I.    Opening of the meeting





II.    Implementing the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants


  • David Malone, United Nations University. Contributions by the Global Migration Group



  • Moderator: William Lacy Swing, International Organization for Migration


III.    International cooperation and governance of migration






  • Moderator: Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations


15.00 – 18.00

Afternoon session 


IV.    The global compact on migration: Regional and human rights dimensions

  • Cristina Gallach, Department of Public Information. Promoting social inclusion, cohesion, and non-discrimination: The TOGETHER campaign
  • Moderator: Jürg Lauber, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations

V.    Towards 2018: Next steps

  • John Wilmoth, Population Division. The Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo conference – what lessons for the global compact? [presentation] [statement]
  • Craig Mokhiber, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Principles and guidelines on the protection of the human rights of migrants in vulnerable situations
Friday, 17 February 2017
 10.00 – 13.00 Morning session 
  VI. Contributing to the work plan for the Member States
  • Moderator: Clare Menozzi, Population Division

VII.    Implementing the migration-related commitments of the 2030 Agenda

  • Francesca Perucci, Statistics Division. SDG indicators: The way forward

  • Jill Helke, IOM and Bela Hovy, DESA. GMG Handbook

  • Moderator: Parvati Nair, United Nations University

15.00 – 18.00

Afternoon session 


VIII.    Tour-de-table

  • Brief presentations on recent and upcoming activities

  • Moderator: Nina Haelg and Pablo Lattes, Population Division


IX.    Closing of the meeting

  • Jorge Bravo, Population Division


Contributed papers

  • The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). UN/POP/MIG-15CM/2017/1