8th GFMD Forum Meeting

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2014-2015 Key Activities


04Feb 2015

3rd preparatory meetings of Turkey GFMD Chairmanship
Geneva, Switzerland


05Feb 2015

Thematic GFMD Meeting 1:
"Updating GFMD position on Post-2015 Development Agenda"
Geneva, Switzerland


06Feb 2015

1st preparatory meetings of Government RT Teams
Geneva, Switzerland

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GFMD Chair-in-Office

H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu
H.E. Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Turkey
Chair, GFMD 2014-2015

Sweden GFMD 2013-2014

Amb. Eva Åkerman Börje

Chair, Sweden GFMD 2013-2014

Latest News

  • Date posted: Friday, 24 October 2014

    Geneva–23 October 2014. On behalf of Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chair of the GFMD 2015 meeting in Istanbul, Ambassador Mehmet Samsar, Director General for Consular Affairs of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs convened the first round of preparatory meetings of the GFMD Steering Group and the Friends of the Forum in Geneva on 21 and 22 October respectively.

    The first GFMD pledging meeting was also held on 22 October. 

    Amb. Samsar welcomed 29 out of the existing 30 members of the Steering Group. He was assisted at the podium by Ms. Esen Altug, Deputy Director General for Migration, Asylum and Visa, Ambassador Eva Akerman Borje, GFMD 2013-2014 Chair, and Mr. Peter Sutherland, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for International Migration.

  • Date posted: Saturday, 27 September 2014

    24 Sept 2014 – Around 120 participants, including Ministers, Deputy Ministers,  Permanent Representatives of UN Member States, and representatives of various UN Agencies gathered on 22 Sept 2014 at the Turkish Center in New York to mark the launch of the Turkish Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) for the period 1 July 2014 to 31 December 2015.

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Chair of the 8th GFMD meeting to be held in Istanbul in 2015, welcomed representatives from governments, international organizations and the civil society during the event. Deputy UN Secretary General, H.E., Jan Eliasson, delivered supporting remarks on behalf of His Excellency, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, and the UN family. H.E., Mr. Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), current Chair of the Global Migration Group (GMG), also spoke on behalf of the 18 member agencies comprising the GMG. Also present were high level Turkish Government officials including H.E., Ambassador Mehmet Samsar, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Director General for Consular Affairs and Ms. Esen Altuğ, MFA Deputy Director General for Migration, Asylum and Visa.


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Mr. Peter Sutherland

United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for International Migration

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