Migrants in Cities

The Global Conference on Cities and Migration, 16-17 November, was organized by the institutional partners UN-Habitat, IOM and UCLG, in coordination with the hosting partners, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Belgian Federal Government (“host government”) and the City of Mechelen (“host city”). The conference was the starting point to build a new and positive narrative on migration from the perspective of local and regional governments, reflected and embedded in the process of the GCM. It served as a preparatory event for energizing both local governments’ contribution to developing a Global Compact on Migration and reviewing the status of the implementation of the migration-related commitments of Habitat III, ahead of the first follow-up during the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in February 2018. In this way, the institutional partners built on the policy coherence achieved so far, in order to take stock of progress across development agendas as well as inform future intergovernmental agreements of relevance.

For additional information on the New Urban Agenda see:  http://habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/ 
For the concept note see: https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/our_work/ODG/GCM/en_concept_note.pdf

Governance of Temporary Labour Migration in the Gulf: Employer Perspectives on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
20 November 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Federation of United Arab Emirates Chambers of Commerce and Industry organized the event “Governance of Temporary Labour Migration in the Gulf: Employer Perspectives on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” in cooperation with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and the International Organization for Migration and in partnership with the International Organisation of Employers and the Global Forum on Migration and Development - Business Mechanism. The event provided employers in the GCC region with the opportunity to get acquainted with the framework of the global compact as well as contribute their perspectives on key priority issues.

For the agenda of the event see: Online Agenda - 20 November 2017

International Dialogue on Migration

The International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) is IOM’s principal migration policy dialogue forum, comprised of Member States and partner inter-governmental and non-governmental stakeholders. In consultation with Member States, IOM’s Director General dedicated the two IDMs in 2017 to supporting Member State development of the GCM by providing an inclusive policy dialogue forum focused on key issues for consideration. 

The first of the two events of the IDM in 2017 was held on 18-19 April in New York, and discussed international cooperation on and governance of migration with a view to identifying concrete elements, models and potential actionable commitments for the global compact. The second IDM workshop of 2017, held on 18-19 July in Geneva, was dedicated to “Understanding migrant vulnerabilities: A solution-based approach towards a global compact that reduces vulnerabilities and empowers migrants.” 

Approximately 700 participants attended both the IDM events in 2017, representing Member States, UN and other international and regional organizations, academia, the private sector, diaspora and migrant organizations, as well as civil society. Information and summaries from both IDMs are available on the IDM page.

Global RCP Meetings

Global Consultations of Chairs and Secretariats of Principal Regional Consultative Processes on Migration, also known as Global RCP Meetings (or GRCP Meetings), have been organized since 2005, bringing together representatives of Chairs and Secretariats of the main ISCMs (RCPs, IRFs and global processes) to:

  1. foster synergies and exchanges, share information, experiences and good practices on a range of migration topics;
  2. contribute to improved policy coherence at the national and regional levels and promote convergence in migration policy in different regions;
  3. strengthen collaboration among RCPs / IRFs, and enhance their interaction with global processes on migration, thus contributing to policy dialogue on migration at the global level; and
  4. strengthen collaboration among the various ISCM secretariats. 

More here.