Migration and Development Series: Briefing on the Fourth Global Forum on Migration and Development



Specific Target Audience:

Core Diplomatic Training


14 Oct - 14 Oct 2010

Duration of event:

1 day


New York, United States

Programme area:

International Law


No fee

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According to former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, “Each of us holds a piece of the migration puzzle, but none has the whole picture. It is time to start putting it together”. To initiate this process, the General Assembly convened the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in September 2006. During the High-level Dialogue, Member States agreed to organize an informal, voluntary and state-led Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) to discuss ways to maximize the benefits of migration on development while minimizing its difficulties and negative effects. Now in its fourth year, the GFMD will take place in Mexico in 2010, carrying the torch from Belgium, the Philippines and Greece.

Event Objectives

In anticipation of the fourth GFMD meeting in Mexico, this briefing is intended to inform delegates at permanent missions to the United Nations in New York about the main issues to be discussed at the Forum. Newcomers to the international process on migration and development also gain a background understanding of the evolution of the GFMD and its outcomes to date. The briefing thus enables delegates to prepare for their government’s participation at the GFMD IV.

Content and Structure

The half-day briefing explores the following topics:

  • Agenda of the GFMD IV;
  • Role, past outcomes and discussions on the future of the GFMD process.


As an informative face-to-face event, this briefing features renowned experts from governments, the UN system, the International Organization for Migration, other international organizations and civil society. Following their presentations, participants have an opportunity to engage in in-depth discussions with the speakers.

Targeted Audience

The briefing is open to members of permanent missions to the United Nations in New York who work on migration and development issues in the context of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, the International Conference on Population and Development, etc. Representatives of governments, international organizations, the United Nations system, civil society and private sector with academic or professional interest on the topic are also encouraged to participate.