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  • Date posted: Tuesday, 1 July 2014

    The Republic of Turkey is the Chair-in-Office of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) as of 1 July 2014 from the Sweden, for a period of 18 months, until end December 2015. During its Chairmanship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey will lead the Chair's Taskforce and the Minister of Foreign Affairs; H.E. Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu will chair the GFMD Summit Meeting in 2015.

  • Date posted: Friday, 23 May 2014

    On 14 to 16 May 2014, Sweden hosted the 7th GFMD Forum Meeting in Stockholm with the overarching theme “Unlocking the potential of migration for inclusive development.” The meeting which gathered some 900 delegates from 140 countries and 30 international organizations kicked off on 14 May with a grand opening ceremony. Swedish Minister for Migration Tobias Billström and Swedish Minister from International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström, gave welcome remarks while H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt delivered inspiring opening speeches.

  • Date posted: Wednesday, 26 March 2014

    On 11 March 2014, Ambassador Eva Åkerman Börje, representing GFMD 2013-2014 Chair-in-Office Sweden, convened the last round of preparatory meetings of the GFMD Steering Group (SG) and the Friends of the Forum (FOF) in the final stretch to the GFMD 2014 Forum Meeting to be held in Stockholm on 14-16 May 2014.

    The SG meeting focused on three key issues -- enhancing the working methods of the Steering Group, the Long-term financing framework for the GFMD, and the Multi-Annual Work Program (MWP) which are aimed at promoting a more efficient, more durable and more sustainable process.

  • Date posted: Monday, 27 January 2014

    2013 proved to be an event-packed year for the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), even in the absence of the annual summit meeting for the first time since its inception in 2007.

    With the overarching theme, “Unlocking the Potential of Migration for Inclusive Development”,  Sweden as GFMD Chair-in-Office spearheads the 18-month preparatory process that engages all UN Member States, GFMD Observers, the civil society and other non-government stakeholders,  culminating in a final meeting in Stockholm on 14-16 May 2014.

  • Date posted: Thursday, 17 October 2013

    Geneva – 14 October 2013. On 11 September 2013, the Government of Sweden, current GFMD 2013-2014 Chair-in-Office, joined by the Governments of Morocco and Netherlands, convened a thematic meeting on “Labour Migration and Diaspora: Improving Labour Market Complementarities and Economic Development Outcomes, attended by over 130 policy-makers, government officials and representatives from international organizations and civil society.

  • Date posted: Friday, 31 May 2013

    Swedish Chair Convenes 1st Thematic Meeting on Policy Coherence for Development

    Geneva – 28 May 2013. On 22 May 2013, the Government of Sweden, current GFMD 2013-2014 Chair-in-Office, joined by the Governments of Switzerland and Bangladesh, convened a thematic meeting on “Operationalizing Mainstreaming of Migration in Development Policy and Integrating Migration in the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda.”

  • Date posted: Friday, 31 May 2013

    Geneva – 30 May 2013. At the 2nd meeting this year of the GFMD Steering Group held in the morning of 21 May, Amb. Åkerman Börje consulted with over 50 delegates from 26 Steering Group member countries on strategic and policy matters. The Chair presented an updated GFMD Budget for 2013-2014, highlighting a 3% overall reduction in costs.

  • Date posted: Wednesday, 13 March 2013

    Geneva – 28 February 2013. Ambassador Eva Åkerman Börje, GFMD 2013-2014 Chair, rallied the GFMD Steering Group and the Friends of the Forum to meet the challenge of “Unlocking the Potential of Migration for Inclusive Development” when she convened the first successive meetings of the two GFMD bodies on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 in Geneva.

  • Date posted: Tuesday, 5 February 2013

    On 31 January 2013, the Government Offices of Sweden organized a national launch of the Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Stockholm. The purpose of the launch was to spread information about the GFMD and the Swedish Chairmanship in the Forum including the priorities and program and to inform about the existing Swedish policies on migration and development. It also aimed at raising awareness among Swedish actors of the Swedish Chairmanship and inspire to activity within the nexus of migration and development.