Our Mission

Strengthening knowledge on Migration and Refugee issues as a source for Inclusive Development.



Migrants and Refugees can positively contribute to the development of communities back at home or in their new places of residence, thanks to their skills, capabilities, and entrepreneurial spirit.

In order to respond to a growing-policy need for a common approach to promoting the inclusion of migrants and refugees that recognizes their contribution to development, UNITAR, together with some of its partners, has been working on different initiatives. These are aimed at strengthening the competences required by policymakers and practitioners for overcoming some of the challenges on economic and social inclusion for migrants and refugees while understanding the benefits of promoting their socioeconomic inclusion because of its nexus to sustainable development.

Besides of having actively supported the Global Forum on Migration and Development, including for the celebration of the Mayoral Forum since its very beginning, the following tools can be highlighted:

  1. Knowledge Hub on Migration and Sustainable Development
  2. E-learning course on Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees now available in English, Spanish, Arabic and French.
  3. E-learning course on Introduction to International Migration Law

Knowledge Hub on Migration and Sustainable Development


The Migration and Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub is a tool to promote a better understanding on the synergies between migration and sustainable development from their multidimensional and interdependent nature, under the capacity building perspective. It gathers information on training opportunities and existing material developed by UN entities with the aim of building the capacity of stakeholders involved in the GFMD process. 

At the request of Ecuador, this tool was developed by (UNITAR), endorsed by the GFMD Steering Group and co/sponsored by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). 

To access the Knowledge Hub, please click here.

Online Training in English, Spanish, Arabic and French


*NEW Online Course* jointly created with UNCTAD:

"Policymaking: Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development"


Bridging gaps between theory and practice is essential to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. To this end, public policies are the formal means for landing obligations embedded in legal frameworks, as well as those voluntary commitments from different sources at the national and international level. Policies allow the cohesion and articulation of strategies to undertake concrete actions with an impact on collective welfare.

Therefore, the active participation of all actors involved is important to identify knots and points of convergence for strengthening synergies to achieve common goals. The creation of spaces for dialogue represents an opportunity to enhance capabilities and share good practices towards a culture of learning. It allows the fostering of competencies required by policymakers and practitioners to face different challenges through constructive responses.

The new coronavirus pandemic is having unprecedented impacts across the globe, especially on human health, social and economic activities. In this context, Governments are intensifying their efforts to combat the global spread of COVID-19 by enacting various measures to support public health systems, safeguard the economy and ensure public order and safety; as well as to ensure a resilient, green, and inclusive recovery, leaving no one behind. Likewise, entrepreneurs have looked for creative solutions not only to keep their activities afloat due to different challenges, that they have experienced but also to expand their businesses. The downturn in the global economy following this huge sanitary and health crisis represents unprecedented challenges but provides opportunities as well.

Within this groundwork, entrepreneurship plays a crucial role as one driving force for sustainable development. It is worth acknowledging its features as the “willingness and capacity to undertake conception, organization, and management of a new venture, accepting all attendant risks and seeking economic or social return as a reward.”1

Although the content of public policies should be developed and adapted to the needs of each country, according to their specific contexts, it is worth considering the existence of core elements for a comprehensive approach.

In this regard, capacity building on policymaking is needed to lead the way towards positive results, bearing in mind that neither national circumstances nor knowledge are static and can always be strengthened. Likewise, learning from experience contributes to overcome or at least mitigate the causes and effects of a wide spectrum of challenges. Given this background, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) developed the Entrepreneurship Policy Framework and Guide of Implementation 2.0., based on its technical expertise and practical experience.

To complement this endeavour, UNCTAD joined efforts with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to develop the e-learning course Policymaking for inclusive and sustainable entrepreneurship. The development of this tool is part of the project “Global Initiative towards the post-COVID-19 resurgence of the MSME sector” financed by the UN Development Account and implemented by UNCTAD in cooperation with the UN Regional Commissions and DESA. The objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity and resilience of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in developing countries and economies in transition to mitigate the economic and social impact of the global COVID-19 crisis. It is part of the UN Framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-192.

For more information on how to register for the various English iterations, please see the links next to each date below.

Iterations in English:

12/07/21 - 12/09/21: Please click here to register for this iteration.


E-learning course on "Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees"

This e-learning course aims at strengthening the competences required by policymakers and practitioners for overcoming some of the challenges on economic and social inclusion for migrants and refugees while understanding the benefits of promoting entrepreneurship to this end because of its nexus to sustainable development. 

UNITAR, UNCTAD, UNHCR and IOM have joined efforts to offer this self-pace course. It is envisioned for 6 weeks, 40 hours, for professionals working on different fields, in particular policymakers and practitioners, not necessarily involved or familiar with all the three core elements of the course, -entrepreneurship, migrants, and refugees- but interested in better understanding the humanitarian-development nexus through capacity building. It has been prepared with a pedagogical approach through a methodology for adult training. 

For more information on how to register for the various English iterations, please see the links next to each date below.

Iterations in English :

19/04/21 - 20/05/21: Please click here to register for this iteration.

23/08/21 - 24/10/21: Please click here to register for this iteration.

15/11/21 - 16/01/22: Please click here to register for this iteration.


Curso de aprendizaje electrónico sobre "iniciativa empresarial para migrantes y refugiados"

Este curso en línea busca fortalecer las competencias requeridas por las personas a cargo de formular políticas y practicantes para superar algunos de los desafíos referentes a la inclusión socio-económica de personas migrantes y refugiadas, al tiempo de comprender los beneficios de promover el emprendimiento para estos fines por su nexo con desarrollo sostenible. 

UNITAR, UNCTAD, ACNUR, y OIM unieron esfuerzos para desarrollar este curso en línea. Está previsto para 6 semanas, 40 horas, para profesionales que trabajan en diferentes campos, en particular aquellos a cargo de formular políticas públicas, no necesariamente involucradas o familiares con los tres elementos principales del curso -emprendimiento, migrants y refugio- pero interesadas en comprender mejor el nexo humanitario y de desarrollo a través del fomento de capacidades. Este curso ha sido preparado con un aceramiento pedagógico a través de una metodología para capacitación de adultos. 

Para más información sobre cómo inscribirse en las distintas iteraciones españolas, consulte los enlaces que aparecen junto a cada fecha.

Iteraciones en Español: 

22/03/21 - 23/05/21: Haga clic aquí para inscribirse en esta iteración.

19/07/21  - 19/09/21: Haga clic aquí para inscribirse en esta iteración.

01/11/21 - 31/12/21: Haga clic aquí para inscribirse en esta iteración.


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لمزيد من المعلومات حول كيفية التسجيل في مختلف الدورات بالعربية، يرجى الاطلاع على الروابط الموجودة بجانب كل تاريخ أدناه.

 الدورات باللغة العربية:

28/05/21 - 31/07/21: الرجاء النقر هنا للتسجيل في هذه الدورة

18/10/21 - 19/12/21: الرجاء النقر هنا للتسجيل في هذه الدورة


Cours d'apprentissage en ligne sur en "entrepreneuriat pour les migrants et les réfugiés"

Ce cours d'apprentissage en ligne vise à renforcer les compétences requises par les décideurs et les praticiens pour surmonter certains des défis de l'inclusion économique et sociale des migrants et des réfugiés tout en comprenant les avantages de la promotion de l'entrepreneuriat à cette fin en raison de son lien avec le développement durable. 

L'UNITAR, la CNUCED, le HCR et l'OIM ont uni leurs efforts pour offrir ce cours à rythme flexible. Il est prévu pour 6 semaines, 40 heures, pour les professionnels travaillant dans différents domaines, en particulier les décideurs et les praticiens, qui ne sont pas nécessairement impliqués ou familiarisés avec les trois éléments fondamentaux du cours, -entrepreneuriat, migrants et réfugiés- mais qui sont intéressés à mieux comprendre le lien entre l'humanitaire et le développement par le biais du renforcement des capacités. Il a été préparé avec une approche pédagogique à travers une méthodologie pour la formation des adultes. 

Pour plus d'informations sur les modalités d'inscription aux différentes itérations en français, veuillez consulter les liens en regard de chaque date ci-dessous:

Itérations en français :

28/06/21 - 29/08/21 : Veuillez cliquer ici pour vous inscrire à cette itération.

27/09/21 - 28/11/21 : Veuillez cliquer ici pour vous inscrire à cette itération.


E-learning course on "Introduction to International Migration Law"

UNITAR and IOM joined efforts to put together this course with the aim of strengthening knowledge on International Migration Law, and its link with Human Rights Law, Refugee Law, International Humanitarian Law, and Criminal Law.

It includes aspects on the protection of migrants, while analyzing the timeframe and evolution of IML, as well as the relationship with the State sovereignty and laws pertaining to entry, residence, and exit.

In addition, it highlights the difference between different categories of migrants and recognizes their contextual issues and rights under international law. It also provides a general overview of the implementation of IML at regional and national levels (in a comparative perspective).

For more information on this course and how to register, please click here.


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