Click here (PPS file 2.29 MB) to view the presentation on the GMG during the 48th session of the UNITAR Board of Trustees (November 2009).
UNITAR’s engagement in the field of international migration dates back to the early 1990s. For over a decade until 2003, UNITAR joined forces with IOM, ILO and UNFPA to provide capacity-building on migration and refugee issues to governments from developing countries around the world. Having spearheaded its migration work at UN headquarters in the context of UN General Assembly's 2006 High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, UNITAR re-launched its Migration Programme out of its Governance Unit in Geneva in 2009.
Facilitating Global Policy Dialogue: UNITAR’s chairmanship of the Global Migration Group in 2009
In 2009, UNITAR was chair of the inter-agency Global Migration Group (GMG), and was leading the Group’s revitalization. In this capacity, and through its training activities, the Institute actively supports the global inter-governmental process of dialogue and sharing of ideas and practices on international migration and development initiated with the 2006 UN High Level Dialogue, and continued through the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).
“How do we start putting together all the pieces of the migration and development puzzle? This knowledge is scattered not just in the many United Nations offices, funds and programmes, but also in the halls of Governments around the world, in the minds of experts, in the experiences of employers, in the activities of civil society organizations and in the hearts of migrants….” - International migration and development: 2006 Report of the UN Secretary-General
- to inform, educate and advance policy thinking and dialogue on migration issues through targeted training for a variety of stakeholders;
- to produce and disseminate an increasing body of analysis and thematic knowledge;
- to deliver results for beneficiaries and partners through regular evaluation of all activities; and
- to strengthen governance structures for international migration by: supporting inter-governmental processes of dialogue and collaboration on migration issues in the context of the UN General Assembly, the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and regional fora; fostering inter-agency collaboration within the UN, as well as with other international organizations; and providing civil society organizations, migrants and diaspora with greater exposure in the UN context.
- Government representatives of 192 Member States of the UN
- UN Staff
- Civil Society Representatives
- Private Sector Representatives
- Local authorities