The France GFMD 2022-2023 Chairmanship

Impact of climate change on human mobility


In order to position the Forum’s discussions at the heart of the 21st century priorities, the France GFMD 2022-2023 Chair has chosen “the impact of climate change on human mobility” as its overarching topic. This thematic area is the central theme of the chairmanship and will be addressed with a cross-cutting approach through the other thematic priorities, which include Human Rights of Migrants, Diaspora, Labour Migration, Migration Narratives and Culture, and Multi-Level Governance.

Themes and issues

The French Chair has developed an ambitious programme engaging all the Forum’s stakeholders, which include representatives of the GFMD Civil Society, Business and Mayor's Mechanisms, the Migration Youth and Children Platform, the GFMD working groups and members of the Friends of the Forum. The programme reflects and addresses the main challenges and opportunities facing migrations and development that will be the focus of discussions at the Forum.

The French Chair aims at promoting the GFMD dialogue on an international level and ensure its long-term success. Convinced of the added value of knowledge-sharing, the Chair aims at creating and strengthening ties between the GFMD and other intergovernmental processes concerned with migration. Only in this way can we succeed together in meeting shared challenges and maximising the opportunities available to us all.


The French Chair will culminate in a high-level Summit in early 2024 and will promote a year-long programme featuring thematic workshops and events. A cultural event will take place in Paris, in addition to other labelled events. The milestones of the programme are:

  • A Thematic Workshop on the Impact of Climate Change on Labour Migration and Human Mobility on 29 March 2023 in Geneva.
  • A Cultural Event on 27 June 2023 in Paris. The cultural event will focus on the social and cultural contributions of migration and migrants to host, origin and transit countries. It will be held in the French Museum of the History of MigrationMusée de l’histoire de l’immigration.
  • A Workshop on Environmental Displacement on 28 June in Paris. More information on this workshop will be communicated as it becomes available.
  • The GFMD XIV Summit in January 2024. The Summit will bring together delegations from many countries and stakeholders of the GFMD to discuss the major challenges for the future and perspectives for safer, more orderly and regular migrations and to foster sustainable development for all.