As part of GFMD’s efforts to accompany the evolving GCM process and encourage Member States to develop their perspectives on international cooperation on migration in the future, the 2017-2018 Co-Chairs, Germany and Morocco, convened a GFMD Dialogue on GCM implementation. With the successful finalization of the intergovernmental negotiations on July 13, this Dialogue provided the first opportunity for over 200 representatives from member states, GFMD observers...Read more
On the occasion of the seventh GFMD 2017-2018 Preparatory Meetings, the Government of Ecuador assumed the GFMD Chairmanship for 2019, following the endorsement of the GFMD Steering Group. Ambassador Luis Gallegos and Ambassador Arturo Cabrera, Permanent Representative and Deputy Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the UNOG, highlighted to the Steering Group and the Friends of the Forum, respectively, Ecuador’s long-standing engagement in and for the GFMD, as well as in relation to the GCM-process.
In their separate...Read more
New York – With the development and migration communities gathering in New York for the last round of GCM negotiations and the 2018 High-level Political Forum (HLPF), respectively, the GFMD Co-Chairs organized an HLPF Side Event on “GFMD Perspective on Migration for Sustainable and Resilient Societies” at the German House. Attended by more than 100 participants, the side event was held to share and reflect on the findings of the GFMD Recommendations to the 2018 HLPF, which had been submitted to the...Read more
The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2017-2018 proved once again its commitment to the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) process by hosting a special meeting on 19 June with the GCM Co-Facilitators, Ambassador Jürg Lauber (Switzerland) and Ambassador Juan José Gómez Camacho (Mexico) in Geneva. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Jonathan Prentice, who represented the Office of the UN SRSG for International...Read more
4 May 2018, Geneva –The Moroccan and German GFMD Co-Chairs convened the sixth GFMD preparatory meetings and second Roundtable (RT) consultations on May 2 and 4, respectively, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The meetings of the Troika, Steering Group and the Friends of the Forum on May 2 provided an opportunity to inform the Geneva community about the current state of the inter-governmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Migration (GCM), while the second GFMD 2018 RT consultations on May 4 offered a space for RT members to agree on the structure and content of the background...Read more
Geneva, Switzerland—On 3 May 2018, the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2017-2018 Co-Chairs, Germany and Morocco, in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), convened a GFMD Thematic Workshop on Labour Migration and Skills. The day-long workshop aimed to inform the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) negotiations, with knowledge, experiences and good practices of different stakeholders and explore how the GFMD can support the GCM in advancing the...Read more
Skhirat, Morocco—On April 18 and 19, the first thematic workshop under the second year of the GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship of Morocco and Germany was organized in partnership with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) at the Mohammed VI International Conference Center. Entitled ‘Migration for Development: a roadmap to achieving the SDGs,’ the two-day workshop focused on the interrelationship between human mobility and the achievement of migration-related...Read more
On the margins of IOM’s International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) 2018, the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2017-2018 Co-Chairs, Germany and Morocco, and the Global Migration Group (GMG) Co-Chairs, IOM and FAO, co-organized a side event entitled “Migration and Rural Development: Fostering Transnational Partnerships” at the UN in New York on March 26. The side event was held to highlight the complex relationship between migration and agriculture and rural development, as well as share and...Read more
(after First Day of 16th UN Coordination Meeting, 15 Feb 2017, New York)
15 February, New York—On the margins of the 16th Coordination Meeting on International Migration, organized by UNDESA at the United Nations Headquarters, the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship of Morocco and Germany hosted a reception to mark the launch of the GFMD 2018 thematic priorities and work program.
The reception capped a full day of...Read more
12-14 February, New York -- Ambassador Jürgen Schulz, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations in New York, represented the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Co-Chairmanship of Germany and Morocco at the 2018 annual Global Migration Group (GMG) strategic retreat held at the Greentree Estate on 14 February.
The GMG retreat discussed strategic priorities for 2018, notably on how to support the process leading...Read more