The GFMD Mayors Mechanism

Following the growing emphasis on the need for a whole-of-government and whole-of society approach to migration and development issues, the GFMD has recognized the value of involving local government authorities in GFMD discussions through the establishment of a Mayors Mechanism in 2018.

The Mayors Mechanism is a means to formalize the relationship between the government-led GFMD process and the local authorities participating in the Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration, and Development (‘Mayoral Forum’), an annual City-led dialogue on migration and development launched in 2013 at the UN General Assembly’s Second High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (HLD). The mechanism aims to provide the local authorities with, inter alia, an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning, networking, and exchange of practices; a platform to interact with States; and an opportunity to find solutions to shared problems. It also aims to add depth to the GFMD deliberations by bridging existing divides between local realities and global policy discussions, and between migrants, civil society, and States.  

The proposal to establish a Mayors Mechanism in the GFMD was first presented at the GFMD Preparatory Meetings in September 2018. The Mayors Mechanism was subsequently launched officially on 8 December 2018 in Marrakesh at the Fifth Mayoral Forum Meeting, held just after the close of the Marrakesh GFMD Summit. The secretariat of the mechanism is led jointly by the newly established City Diplomacy Unit (CDU) and the IOM, both acting as an interface and advocates for local authorities in the GFMD process, and being jointly responsible for the organization and coordination of the annual Mayoral Forum.

More information on the Global Mayoral Forum can be found here.

Related documents:

  • "Mayoral Declaration on Migrants and Refugees: Meeting Needs, Protecting Rights and Fostering Empowerment" ( EN | FR | ES )

Mayors' Declaration of the 4th Mayoral Forum, 26-27 June 2017, Berlin

  • "Cities working together for migrants and refugees" (EN | FR | ES )

Mayors’ Declaration of the 5th Mayoral Forum, 8 December 2018, Marrakesh