Eleventh GFMD Summit Meeting

"Honouring International Commitments to Unlock the Potential of all Migrants for Development"

5-7 December 2018
Palmeraie Conference Center, Marrakesh, Morocco.


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The Government of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, in their capacity as 2017-2018 Co-Chairs of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), have the honor to invite you, States Members and Observers of the United Nations, and other GFMD Observers, to the Eleventh GFMD Summit Meeting on 5-7 December 2018 in Marrakesh, Morocco. The Eleventh GFMD Summit will be the climax of the two-year Moroccan-German GFMD Co-Chairmanship that spans from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2018..

The central focus of the GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship has been on the GFMD’s contribution to the United Nations-led process of elaborating a Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, and the review of the implementation of migration-related commitments in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda through the High-level Political Forum.

In this regard, the first year of the Co-Chairmanship was organized with the central theme, “Towards a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development” culminating in the Tenth GFMD Summit in Berlin. The second year revolves around the overarching theme, “Honouring International Commitments to Unlock the Potential of All Migrants for Development” as the global community anticipates the adoption of the first ever Global Compact for Migration (GCM).

The Eleventh GFMD Summit takes place on 5-7 December, just before the scheduled GCM Intergovernmental Conference on International Migration on 10-11 December, also in Marrakesh, which will conclude with the GCM adoption.

The substantive agenda of the Marrakesh GFMD Summit focuses on three Roundtable (RT) themes, to be discussed in six RT sessions:

From vulnerability to resilience: recognising migrants as agents of development

  • RT Session 1.1. Harnessing migrants’ existing capitals to build resilience
  • RT Session 1.2. Migrants’ engagement with public services: from basic access to co-production

Regional mobility to promote transferable learning and policy coherence

  • RT Session 2.1. South-South mobility: trends, patterns and transferable learning
  • RT Session 2.2. Regional mobility and policy coherence to support development

Good migration governance for sustainable development

  • RT Session 3.1. Aligning governance with contemporary drivers of migration
  • RT Session 3.2. Beyond Remittances: leveraging the development impact and promoting the transnational engagement of diaspora and migrants.
His Excellency Mr. Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, will open the Eleventh GFMD Summit in the presence of high-level government officials of Morocco, Ministers and Vice Ministers from all regions of the world, and a broad range of policy-makers and practitioners in migration and development fields.

In line with the decade-long tradition of the GFMD, the three-day GFMD Summit programme will include inaugural and closing ceremonies, Roundtable discussions, special sessions on the GFMD Platform for Partnerships and the Future of the Forum (open to Heads of delegations only), Common Space, GFMD Business Meeting, and side events. A detailed programme for 5-7 December and a logistics note with practical information will be circulated in due course to all participating Member States and GFMD Observers.

2018 is a watershed moment for the global migration community as it seizes the opportunity presented by the GCM process to agree on common principles and actionable commitments towards effective management of international migration. The Moroccan-German Co-Chairs thus fervently hope for the participation of high level policymakers and practitioners in migration and development fields who have the power and wherewithal to unlock the potential of migrants for development.

The Eleventh GFMD Summit is a momentous opportunity to further advance the global community’s discourse and cooperation on migration and development. We look forward to your government/organization’s contribution in this regard, and to welcoming you in Marrakesh.

Very sincerely yours,


Mr. Götz Schmidt-Bremme

Ambassador for the 2017-2018 GFMD


German Federal Foreign Office

Mr. El Habib Nadir

Secretary General

Ministry Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in charge of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs

GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship



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The Eleventh Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) will be held in Marrakesh from 5-7 December 2018. The GFMD is the largest voluntary, informal and non-binding government-led multi-stakeholder platform for dialogue and cooperation in the field of migration and development. While remaining outside the United Nations, the GFMD has supported and aligned its agenda with emerging processes, including the UN-led process of elaborating a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), to be adopted at the Intergovernmental Conference on Migration to be held in Morocco in December 2018.

The Eleventh GFMD Summit Meeting will take place in the framework of the GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship of Germany and Morocco. Under the overarching theme, “Honouring International Commitments to Unlock the Potential of All Migrants for Development” the Meeting will serve as a continuation of the Tenth GFMD Summit Meeting in Berlin in 2017. The three-day Government-led Meeting on 5-7 December will feature Roundtable discussions, a Common Space for government and non-governmental stakeholders, a GFMD Business Meeting, GFMD’s Platform for Partnerships, a special session on the Future of the GFMD, and side events. As in the past, the Summit Meeting will be preceded by the GFMD Civil Society Days, to be held on 4-6 December in Marrakesh. The GFMD Civil Society process is coordinated by the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC). For registration and other information about the Civil Society Days, participants may please visit: http://gfmdcivilsociety.org

The Eleventh Summit will be held on 5-7 December 2018 in Marrakesh. The GFMD Civil Society Days will be convened on 4-6 December 2018in Marrakesh.

The Eleventh Summit Meeting will be held at Palmeraie Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco (see Annex A for location map). The Palmeraie’s address is: Route des Jardins de la Palmeraie
Marrakech, Morocco
Website: http://www.palmeraieresorts.com/fr/meetings/
+212 524 36 87 60
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WiFi Connectivity will be available in the entire conference area. There will be complimentary mobile and laptop charging stations.

Simultaneous interpretation services will be made available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. To avail of interpretation headphones, delegates may be asked to present an official photo ID or passport.

There will be no printing or copying facilities available in the conference building.

This Summit is a paperless meeting. Therefore all delegates are requested to bring their own electronic devices, such as smartphones, tablets or laptops and to download the GFMD Mobile App onto their devices before the conference. The link to download the App will be communicated in the next an upcoming version of the Logistics Note.

The registered delegates may, if desired, bring their own (hard) copies of the background papers and other program related documents. All meeting related documents will be made available on the GFMD website: https://gfmd.org and via the App.

In order to facilitate distribution of presentations during the meeting, participants are requested to e-mail electronic copies of their presentations to the organizers beforehand (support.unit@gfmd.org).

Breakfast, coffee breaks and lunches will be provided from the 5th to 7th of December at the conference venue.

An official dinner will be hosted by the Moroccan Co-Chair on the evening of 5 December 2018.

A dinner reception will be hosted by the German Co-Chair on the evening of 6 December 2018.

Delegates will be requested to indicate their participation (or non-participation) in both dinners when they register for the GFMD Summit.

The entire venue will be a secured area. Only those with an accreditation badge can access the premises of the conference venue. At the checkpoint, every person will be checked. Therefore, participants are kindly asked to arrive early on the first day of the conference. The main conference is accessible for wheelchairs.

The main conference is accessible for wheelchairs.

The deadline for registration is Friday, 3 November 2018. Early registration is strongly encouraged to for organizational purposes.

To consolidate online and offline registrations, a confirmation note (via note verbale) is needed to confirm the composition of delegates through the designated Diplomatic Mission of the government or organization.

For any question or assistance concerning registration to the Eleventh GFMD Summit, please write to registration2018@gfmd.org.