In September 2015, the General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encompassing 17 goals and 169 targets geared towards reducing poverty and ensuring sustainable development and critically “leaving no one behind”. With the SDGs, migration has for the first time been inserted into mainstream development policy. (i) The situation of migrant workers is highlighted in SDG 8 on economic growth and decent work, (ii) the issue of trafficking is mentioned in several SDGs for instance SDG 16 on peaceful societies and (iii) migration status is mentioned specifically as a factor for disaggregation during the follow-up and review in SDG 17. Among all targets, SDG target 10.7 is the center-piece for migration in the 2030 Agenda. It calls for “well-managed migration policies”, and hence encompasses all aspects of migration.

In 2016 the two regular workshops of the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) were dedicated to stimulating in-depth discussions on implementation as well as follow-up and review of migration aspects of SDGs.


The first workshop in the series was held in New York and discussed appropriate tools and mechanisms that will help Member States to measure progress on relevant migration-related SDG targets. The workshop looked at options for “thematic review” of migration-related SDG targets. The following themes were among the ones which this workshop addressed: 

  • Reviewing the evidence for migration in development
  • Methods for monitoring migration-related targets in SDGs
  • Shape of a thematic review on migration in the SDGs
  • Role for IOs in achieving of migration-related SDGs targets

The second workshop took place on 11 and 12 October 2016 in Geneva and reviewed the results of a number of initiatives on monitoring migration-related SDG targets. This second workshop was by a one-day Global Regional Consultative Process (GRCP) meeting.


The results of IDM 2016 and the GRCP were consolidated in a publication representing IOM’s and its partners' first contribution to the review of migration aspects in the Agenda 2030, in relation to measuring progress through global indicators, thematic review for the High-level Political Forum, as well as best practices on direct action on realizing migration-related targets in the SDGs. The outcome of the IDM 2016 and the GRCP constituted an input to the December 2016 GFMD Summit in Dhaka.

Day 1 – 29 February 2016

9:00 – 10:00



Session 1: Setting the scene

10:00 – 10:30

Opening remarks

  • H.E. William Lacy Swing, Director General, IOM (Welcome remarks)
  • The Honourable Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal, President of Metropolis (Statement)

10:30 – 13:00

Panel 1:  Migration and Sustainable Development – New opportunities
Moderator: H.E. William Lacy Swing, Director General, IOM

  • Peter Sutherland, Special Representative of the Secretary General for International Migration and Development (Video message)
  • H.E. David Donoghue,  Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations                                                                
  • H.E. Mwaba Patricia Kasese-Bota, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations
  • H.E. Lourdes Ortiz Yparraguirre, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations (Statement)
  • David Nabarro, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Statement)
  • Karen AbuZayd, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (Statement)

13:00 – 15:00


15:00 – 16:30

Panel 2 – From policy development to implementation
Keynote address: H.E. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (Statement)
Moderator: H.E. Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Chair of Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)

  • H.E. Oh Joon, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in New York, President of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Statement)
  • H.E. João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations
  • Michael W. Doyle,  Professor, Director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative and University Professor, Columbia University (Statement)


Session 2:  Methods of monitoring migration-related targets in the SDGS

16:30 – 18:00

Panel 1- Measuring well-managed migration policies (SDG 10.7)
Moderator: H.E Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General, IOM

  • John R. Wilmoth, Director of Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)
  • Leo Abruzzese, Global Forecasting Director, The Economist Intelligence Unit (Presentation)
  • Andrew Rzepa, Senior Consultant, Gallup (Presentation)
  • Robert Kirkpatrick, Director, United Nations Global Pulse (Presentation)
  • Frank Laczko, Head of the Migration Research Division, IOM (Presentation)
Day 2 – 1 March 2016

10:00 – 11:30

Panel 2 – Other relevant migration-related targets
Moderator: Vinicius Pinheiro, Special Representative to the UN and Director, ILO Office for the United Nations

  • Suzanne Sheldon, Director of the Office of International Migration, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, United States Department of State (Statement) (Presentation)
  • Yu Ping Chan, Programme Management Officer, New York Office of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Chair of the Inter-agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) (Talking Points)
  • Dr. Phusit Prakongsai, Director, Bureau of International Health (BIH) Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
  • Dilip Ratha,  Lead Economist, Migration and Remittances Unit, and Head, Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) in the Global Indicators Group of the World Bank (Presentation)


Session 3 – Thematic and regional reviews on migration

11:30 – 12:45

Panel 1 – Structure of thematic and regional review
Moderator: Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)

  • H.E. Abdramane Sylla, Minister of Malians Abroad,  Republic of Mali (Statement)
  • H.E. Jürg Lauber, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations (Statement)
  • H.E. Juan Jose Gómez Camacho, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations
  • Karima El Korri, Chief, Population and Social Development Section, Social Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) (Statement)

12:45 – 13:00

Director General’s Remarks

13:00 – 15:00


15:00 – 16:30

Panel 2 – Role of stakeholders
Moderator: Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Chair of the Global Migration Group (Statement)

  • Imelda M. Nicolas, Secretary, Commission on Filipinos Overseas (Statement) (Presentation)
  • Ashley William Gois, Regional Coordinator of the Migrant Forum in Asia 
  • Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, New York City (Presentation)
  • Ursula Wynhoven, Chief Legal Officer, Chief, Governance and Social Sustainability, UN Global Compact (Statement)

16:30 – 17:00


End of Workshop


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