The first workshop in the series planned in 2016 on the theme Follow-up and Review of Migration in the SDGs, was held in New York at the beginning of the year and discussed appropriate tools and mechanisms that will help Member States to measure progress on relevant migration-related SDG targets.

Building on the conclusions of the first workshop, the second workshop took place on 11-12 October 2016 in Geneva and focused on Assessing progress in the implementation process of migration-related SDGs. It discussed the results available of the tools and mechanisms presented in New York, including the IOM-EIU Migration Governance Index and the joint IOM-UNDESA indicator for measuring progress on migration-related targets endorsed by the UN Statistical Commission.

The workshop opened a space for IOM Member States and other stakeholders to share strategies, policies and measures that they are putting in place to reach migration-related targets, including good practices, challenges, lessons learned and areas that need support and shared experiences.

The key objectives of this workshop were:

  • to look at baselines on key migration-related SDG targets
    to gather best practices of countries making progress in achieving migration-related targets in the SDGs
  • to consider how best to act in a collective and coordinated way, both at national, regional and international levels, to implement these goals and to mainstream migration into all the relevant goals and targets
  • to look at ways to improve capacity building for countries measuring/reporting on progress
  • to inform International Organizations about how they could contribute to the process of achieving the SDGs.

Day 1 – 11 October 2016
9:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 10:00 Opening remarks

  • William Lacy Swing, Director General, IOM (Opening remarks)
  • Jill Helke, Director, Department of International Cooperation and Partnerships, IOM (Setting the scene)
  • Kathleen Newland, Senior Fellow and Co-Founder, Migration Policy Institute (Reporting on the 1st workshop)

10:00 – 11:40 Session 1: Migration in the SDGs – Where do we start and where should we go?
Moderator: William Lacy Swing, Director General, IOM

  • Isata Kabia, Minister of State II, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sierra Leone
  • André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, attached to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, France (Statement)
  • Stefano Manservisi, Director General, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), European Commission
  • María Andrea Matamoros Castillo, Undersecretary of Consular Affairs and Migration, Secretariat for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation,  Honduras, Pro Tempore Presidency, Regional Conference on Migration
  • Eduard Gnesa, Special Ambassador for International Cooperation in Migration, Switzerland
  • Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships, the World Bank Group

11:40 – 12:30 Migrant’s Voices: Seeing the SDGs through the eyes of those left behind
Presented by: Azzouz Samri, Head of Governing Bodies Division, IOM

  • Salome Mbuga Henry, Honorary President of the National Network of Migrant Women in Ireland (AKIDWA), Head of Mission and Co-founder of Wezesha” - the African diaspora-led development Organisation, Ireland (Statement)
  • Egide Dhala, Co-founder of “Wezesha”, Outreach Coordinator, IOM Ireland (Presentation) (Statement)

12:30 – 15:00 Break
13:15 – 14:45 Side event “Intrastate cooperation for the implementation of the SDGs related to migration
15:00 – 18:00 Session 2: Reviewing progress on the migration-related targets: identifying gaps and promoting responses
15:00 – 16:30 Panel 1: Country reporting
Moderator: Sönke Lorenz, Head of Unit, Migration Issues, Federal Foreign Office, Germany

  • El Habib Nadir, Secretary General of the Ministry in charge of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs, Morocco (Presentation)
  • Sara Gabriela Luna Camacho, Deputy Director General, Directorate General of Human Rights and Democracy, Mexico
  • Maria Theresa T. Almojuela, Deputy Permanent Representative, Philippine Permanent Mission to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva (Statement)

16:30 – 18:00 Panel 2: Capacity-building for achieving the migration-related targets
Moderator: Nikhil Seth, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Executive Director, UNITAR

  • Abdramane Sylla, Minister of Malians Abroad, Mali (Statement)
  • Catarina Marcelino, Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, Portugal (Statement)
  • Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
  • Karine Kuyumjyan, Head of Population Census and Demography Division, Armenia (Presentation)
  • José Antonio Alonso, Professor of Applied Economics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, member of the Committee for Development Policy at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (Statement)

Day 2 – 12 October 2016
10:00 – 10:10 General remarks on the implementation process of the migration-related SDGs

  • Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General on the Sustainable Development Goals and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University

10:10 – 11:30 Session 3: Rethinking partnership frameworks for achieving the migration-related targets
Moderator: Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General, IOM

  • Suzanne Sheldon, Director of the Office of International Migration, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, United States Department of State (Statement)
  • Enas El Fergany, Director of the Population Policies, Expatriates and Migration Department, League of Arab States (Statement)
  • Charles Badenoch, World Vision’s Vice- President for Advocacy & External Engagement (Statement)
  • Jack Suwanlert, Director of Global Intelligence & Support, Global Safety & Security Department, Marriott International Inc. (Statement)
  • Stéphanie Winet, GFMD Business Mechanism Liaison Adviser, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

11:30 – 13:00 Session 4: New-generation tools for supporting the implementation of the migration-related targets
11:30 – 13:00 Panel 1: Tools for supporting the implementation of migration aspects of the SDGs
Moderator: Joakim Palme, Chair of Delmi (Migration Studies Delegation), Sweden

  • Esther Cuesta Santana, Vice minister of Human Mobility, Ecuador  
  • Timur Suleimenov, Member of the Eurasian Economic Commission Board, Minister for Economic and Financial Policy
  • Gabriela Agosto, Executive Secretary, National Council for the Coordination of Social Policies, Argentina (Presentation)
  • Irena Vojackova-Sollorano, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Serbia
  • Suleiman Mziray, Assistant Director, Refugee Services Department, Ministry of Home Affairs, Tanzania (Presentation)

13:00 – 15:00 Break
13:15 – 14:45 Side event “Using the MICIC Initiative Guidelines to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
15:00 – 16:30 Panel 2: Financing the implementation of the migration-related targets
Moderator:  Alexander Trepelkov, Director of Financing for Development Office, UN DESA (Introductory remarks)

  • Atsushi Hanatani, Director of Office for Peacebuilding and Reconstruction, Infrastructure and Peacebuilding Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (Statement)
  • Amadou Cisse, Executive Director, African Institute for Remittances, African Union (Presentation)
  • Jos Verbeek, World Bank Special Representative to the UN and WTO in Geneva
  • Gibril Faal, Director of GK Partners, Interim Director of the Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT)

16:30 – 17:00 Wrap-up and closing remarks

End of Workshop

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