On Monday, 19 December, just a few days after the highly successful Ninth GFMD Summit held in Dhaka on 10-12 December, Germany and Morocco officially launched the GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship at the UN Headquarters in New York. For the first time since the first GFMD in 2007 and when migration policy topics are high on the political agenda around most of the world, two countries will co-chair the process for a period of two years, beginning 1 January 2017 until end December 2018.
Dr. Götz Schmidt-Bremme, Ambassador for the 2017-2018 GFMD Co-Chairmanship and...Read more
By Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh and Chair-in-Office of the GFMD 2016
DHAKA – We live in a rapidly evolving, hyper-connected world, where goods, capital, and people are more mobile than ever before. But, whereas countries have shown a willingness to cooperate on exchanging goods and capital, the international community has shown little appetite for improving how it governs human mobility.
After the wide-scale persecution and displacement of people in World War II, world leaders took the bold step of crafting the ...Read more
The New York Declaration that followed the 19th September Summit was an important milestone in the future of governance of international migration, in a context marked by mixed flows of movements, an unprecedented scale of large movement refugees and migrants, dramatic images and fear-driven rhetoric. How can member states design a Global Compact to facilitate mobility which will be both deliverable and balanced? What are the possible commitments by...Read more
On 20 and 21 October, the final Preparatory Meetings of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) under the Bangladesh Chairmanship were held in Geneva, led by H.E. Ambassador Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh. These meetings were aimed at preparing the Ninth GFMD Summit to be held in Dhaka on 10-12 December 2016 under the overarching theme, “Migration that Works for Sustainable Development for All: Towards a Transformative Migration Agenda.”
The Ninth GFMD...Read more