Focus

This seminar on Building Partnerships is catering to the ongoing policy discussions on international migration and development, which gained momentum during the General Assembly’s High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD), held at UN Headquarters in September 2006. This dialogue will be continued at the first Global Forum on International Migration and Development to be held in Belgium in July 2007.

The seminar will bring together development and migration experts to share their views and discuss the migration-development nexus in the context of their respective mandates and policy agendas. A look at the historical evolution of this nexus will lead to a discussion on more recent developments. The Seminar will present evidence and experiences regarding the building and functioning of partnerships that bring together the development and migration ‘communities’, including local actors, the private sector, as well as migrants and diaspora organizations.

Objectives

This seminar is intended to:

  • increase mutual understanding between migration and development communities;
  • look at how migration is taken into account in development cooperation;
  • identify good practices in increasing the development impact of migration and, in this context, models of successful partnership between different stakeholders;
  • discuss the way forward for enhanced international cooperation in this field;
  • brief delegates on the state of preparations for the first Global Forum on International Migration and Development to be held in July in Belgium, and on the work of the Global Migration Group (GMG).

 

Summary Report

Information Note

Agenda

Presentations

Development concepts, principles and objectives - links with migration
Mr. Paul Ladd, Adviser, Poverty Group, Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP

The migration-development nexus
Ms. Michele Klein-Solomon, Director, Migration Policy, Research and Communication Department, IOM

Migrations et développement: le codéveloppement
H.E. Mr. Guy Serieys, Ambassador for Codevelopment, France

History of migration and development as a topic at the UN
Mr. Joseph Chamie, Director of Research, Centre for Migration Studies, former Director, UN Population Division

Mainstreaming migration into national poverty reduction strategies
Mr. Isaac Mensa-Bonsu, Director, Plan Coordination, National Development Planning Commission, Ghana

Migration in development cooperation: the experience of DFID
Ms. Jane Haycock, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the UN

Enhancing the development impact of remittances
Mr. Paul Ladd, Adviser, Poverty Group, Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP

Diaspora philanthropy and development
Ms. Victoria Garchitorena, President, Ayala Foundation, Inc. and Ayala Foundation USA

The Global Forum on Migration and Development
H.E. Ms. Régine De Clercq, Ambassador for Migration and Asylum Policies, Belgium

The Global Migration Group (Flyer)


Contact: Sarah Rosengaertner