GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship

GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship

Germany and Morocco have assumed the co-chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2018.

During this two-year period, the focus will be on the contribution of the GFMD to the United Nations’ Global Compact on Migration. The Compact is intended to constitute a strong signal of the international community for an enhanced global migration policy, to be adopted by the community of states in 2018.


GFMD 2016

GFMD 2016

  • Global Forum on Migration and Development wraps up in Bangladesh

    "The Dhaka meeting brought together policy makers, UN agencies and civil society to discuss cooperation in global, social and labour market governance and issues such as gender, ethical recruitment, reducing migration costs, diversity and protection of migrants."

  • What does the Global Forum on Migration and Development do?

    "This forum was thus only one step in long reflection that should lead to a common and consultative global migration policy. Like trade or climate change, migration is transnational…A multi-nation forum may or may not be the best frame or solution. But it is a sufficient and necessary step for making progress on the issues. The Global Forum must be seen as more than an obscure meeting,"

    Antoine Pécoud, Université Paris 13 - USPC
  • ‘GFMD summit ends with agreement on governance of migration’

    "Bangladesh pressed home the idea of designing a global compact on migration that would ensure the rights of emigrants. Most of the countries present were in favor of an international law on the issue while some countries wanting a convention on it."

    Dhaka Tribune
  • 130 Nations agree on safe migration

    "Delegates also stressed the need for opening legal channels for migration for all categories of people -- skilled or low-skilled -- and effective border management to combat people smuggling or human trafficking."

    The Daily Star
  • Bangladesh leads on migration discussions

    "Participants came together to better understand the root causes of migration, share best practices, forge partnerships, and discuss ways to solve thorny problems."

    Anne C. Richard, US Assistant Secretary of State for Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
  • Migration needs to be ‘governed globally’

    "It (migration) cannot be politicised and securitised. It has to be dealt as a geopolitical issue."

    The Independent
  • Global Governance of Migration

    "Migration worldwide needs to be regulated not only for the sake of equal and fair treatment of immigrants but also to serve humankind effectively."

    The Independent
  • ‘GFMD ends in Dhaka, Germany and Morocco co-chairs next year’

    "The Compact is intended to herald a strong signal from the international community for an enhanced global migration policy to be adopted by the community of states in 2018."
  • Germany and Morocco prepare to assume co chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development for 2017 and 2018

    "The motto of the GFMD will be "Towards a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development". In particular, the balance of interests between migrants and their countries of origin, transit states and destinations will be addressed within the framework of regular and orderly migration.

    EIN News
  • Global Community urged to address migrant issue

    "The business-government-civil society dialogue was one of the important events of the meeting."

    Gulf Times
  • OIC participates in Dhaka Global Forum on Migration and Development

    "This annual forum of discussion on the link between migration and development is an open space of exchange on migration’s positive dynamics and challenges over the years and its influence on our societies."

  • Qatar participates in migration forum

    "The forum discussed the cooperation for safe and legal migration in addition to supporting procedures for fair overseas employment and insuring decent work environment."

    The Peninsula Qatar
  • Russian MIA representative took part in UN Global Forum on Migration and Development

    "The participants in the roundtable shared unique experience and spoke about the possibility how to recruit migrant workers while lowering costs of their stay in territories of the states."

    NewsKitchen Publisher
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Mr. Peter Sutherland
United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for International Migration