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Berne Initiative

The Berne Initiative was a States-owned consultative process with the goal of obtaining better management of migration at the national, regional and global level through enhanced cooperation between States. As a process, the Berne Initiative enabled governments from all world regions to share their different policy priorities and, together with relevant stakeholders, identify a common orientation to migration management, based on notions of co-operation, partnership, comprehensiveness, balance and predictability.  IOM served as the Berne Initiative’s Secretariat.

The most important outcome of the Berne Initiative process is the International Agenda for Migration Management (IAMM), a reference system and non-binding policy framework aimed at facilitating cooperation between States in planning and managing the movement of people in a humane and orderly way.  The IAMM was developed by States as the principal actors in the field of migration management, with the advice and support of relevant regional and international organizations, NGOs and independent migration experts.  It gathers States’ common perspectives and understandings on migration in a comprehensive and balanced framework in the form of a non-binding agenda, mapping out in a comprehensive manner all major aspects of migration at the international level.

The IAMM has been widely disseminated among governments to support them in the management of migration.  IOM will continue to assist governments, upon their requests, to utilize the IAMM at the national, regional and global levels by organizing capacity building workshops on specific policy themes, facilitating the establishment of closer dialogue and cooperation with existing Regional Consultative Processes on Migration (RCPs), and undertaking migration policy research and preparing related studies.  The consultation aspect of the Berne Initiative will continue through these IAMM-based activities, particularly those involving technical cooperation and capacity building.  The IAMM has also been distributed to the chairs and secretariats of several of the major RCPs, to the Global Commission on International Migration (GCIM) and to the UN General Assembly to inform and support its work for the High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in September 2006.

Berne Initiative Consultations

2004 Berne II Consultations


2004 Americas and the Caribbean 


2004 Asia and the Pacific


2004 Europe and Central Asia


2004 Africa


2004 Regional Consultations


2003 Experts Meeting (Berne)

2001 Berne I Consultations