The Steering Group
The GFMD Steering Group (SG) is comprised of roughly 30 member countries that are firmly committed to offer sustained political and conceptual support to the Chair-in-Office and ensure continuity of the overall process. This includes carrying out periodic evaluations of the activities of the Forum, both in terms of process and content, as well as assisting the Chair-in-Office in seeking technical and financial support for the GFMD process. The SG convenes in Geneva at the request of the Chair-in-Office to consider and advise on all relevant policy issues, and it may also create thematic Working Groups.
The key principles in determining membership are: (a) demonstrated commitment and real engagement in the GFMD is a prerequisite - in terms of intellectual/substantive inputs and, to the extent possible, also financial contributions; b) balance across regions and different migration perspectives should be maintained; and c) an informal rotational system is applied to allow countries to express their interest to join the SG and for others to rotate off for a certain period of time.
The current 24 governments which comprise the Steering Group are: