22 August 2013, Washington DC, USA - As focal point on capacity development, UNITAR has signed an institutional partnership with the World Bank in the context of its recently launched Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) Project. UNITAR will play a central role in coordinating the inventory of training activities planned, and in spearheading reflective work on changes in adult education and their impact on capacity development activities in the field of migration and development.

KNOMAD, the first comprehensive global migration project that focuses on knowledge creation, synthesis and generation of a menu of policy choices based on multidisciplinary knowledge and evidence, is funded by the Governments of Germany and Switzerland. It is envisaged as a global hub of knowledge and policy expertise on migration and development issues such as: migration and remittance flows, skilled and low-skilled labor migration, integration into host communities, policy and institutional coherence, migration and security, migrant rights, demographic changes and migration, mobilizing diaspora resources, environmental change and migration, and internal migration and urbanization.

In addition, through KNOMAD, UNITAR  will continue to bring attention to the contributions of local and regional government, beginning with a planned high-level panel entitled Migration as a Catalytic Enabler for Development and the Role of Local and Regional Government in New York on 3 October during the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, in partnership with the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) and the Office of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Migration, Mr. Peter Sutherland.

Mayors of different cities around the world will participate, as well as other high level policy makers, to share their opinions on the role that Local and Regional Authorities can play in the field of migration and the post 2015 development agenda.