Please note that the event takes place from 9:00-12:00 Eastern Standard Time / 15:00-18:00 Central Europe Standard Time.


The General Assembly, in the Resolution A/RES/73/195 on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, paragraph 52, invites the IDM “to contribute to the International Migration Review Forum by providing relevant data, evidence, best practices, innovative approaches and recommendations as they relate to the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.”

Three months ahead of the first International Migration Review Forum, and building on past IDMs, IOM will dedicate the first International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) session in 2022 to a discussion on a few specific GCM objectives and their implementation, to identify successes, challenges, best practices, and to address gaps. The session aims at seeking to support IOM member states, stakeholders and partners to discuss concretely how the GCM supports positive change toward better migration governance on global, regional, national and local levels. The priorities for this IDM session will be aligned with those set by the United Nations Secretary General in his report on the progress on the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration, to be launched on February 16, 2022.



Traditionally held at the United Nations in New York, the first session of the 2022 will take place online from 28 February to 2 March, 9:00 to 12:00 EST. This IDM session will bring together migration experts, governments and practitioners that work on innovative approaches, provide data and evidence on GCM implementation. It will build on discussions held at previous IDM sessions, relevant to the GCM implementation, and most recently at the 2021 IDM on 14-15 October which included a session on the way forward to the first International Migration Review Forum and how the IDM could contribute to its preparation.

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Day 1 - Reducing risks and vulnerabilities for migrants

9:00-9:30 Opening Session - Strengthening international cooperation on migration governance

  • Antonio Vitorino, Director General, IOM (Opening remarks) 

Keynote remarks:

  • Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (Remarks)
  • Rabab Fatima, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, Co-facilitator of the IMRF Progress Declaration (Remarks)
  • Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica, IOM Council Chair (Remarks)

9:30-10:45 Panel 1: Saving lives and protecting migrants in vulnerable situations

Moderator: Ugochi Daniels, Deputy Director General for Operations, IOM


  • Mariam Yassin Hagi Yussuf, Special Envoy for Children’s and Migrants’ Rights, Office of the Prime Minister, Federal Republic of Somalia (Remarks)
  • Florian von König, Deputy Head, Missing Persons Project, ICRC (Remarks)
  • Lala Arabian, Executive Manager/Protection Coordinator, Insan Association, Cross-Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants (Remarks

Interventions from the floor submitted to the Secretariat: 

10:45-12:00 Panel 2: Combating migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons

Moderator: Soda Federico, Chief of IOM Mission in Libya


  • Silke Albert, Project Coordinator on Trafficking in Persons and Migrant Smuggling Section, UNODC (Remarks)
  • Bandana Pattanaik, International Coordinator at the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (Remarks)

Interventions from the floor submitted to the Secretariat: 


    Day 2- Facilitating regular migration

    9:00-10:00 Panel 1: Legal identity: enabling regular migration and access to rights

    Moderator: Ugochi Daniels, Deputy Director General for Operations, IOM


    • Jaime Vázquez Bracho, Director General for Consular Services at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico (Remarks)
    • Kristof Tamas, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Justice, Division for Migration, Sweden (Remarks)
    • Niall McCann, Policy Advisor and Project Manager on Legal Identity, UNDP (Remarks

    Interventions from the floor submitted to the Secretariat:

    10:00-11:00 Panel 2: Enhancing predictability and addressing inequalities for the future of human mobility in the pandemic era

    Moderator: Meghan Benton, Director of Research, MPI International Program and MPI Europe


    • Rongvudhi Virabutr, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d'affaires a.i. of Thailand to the United Nations in Geneva (Remarks)
    • Nedret Emiroglu, Director, Country Readiness Strengthening for Health Emergencies, WHO (Remarks)
    • David Donoghue, Distinguished Fellow, Overseas Development Institute (Remarks)

    11:00-12:00 Panel 3: Migration, environment and climate change: from adaptation to regular pathways

    Moderator: Caroline Dumas, Special Envoy for Migration and Climate Action, IOM


    • Neveen El-Husseiny, Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for Refugees and Migrants Affairs and Combatting Human Trafficking (Remarks)
    • Eileen Wedel, Deputy Director, Office of Population and International Migration, U.S. Department of State (Remarks)
    • Margaret Anyetei-Agama, Acting Director for Health and Humanitarian Affairs, African Union Commission (Remarks)
    • Kayly Ober, Senior advocate and program manager for the Climate Displacement Programme, Refugees International (Remarks)


    Day 3 - Advancing migrants’ s socio-economic inclusion and empowerment

    9:00-10:15 Panel 1: Migrant inclusion in COVID-19 recovery and social protection – a renewed social contract

    Moderator: Marius Olivier, Extraordinary Professor: Faculty of Law, University of Northwest, South Africa; Director: Institute for Social Law and Policy (ISLP)


    • Sarah Lou Y. Arriola, Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines (Remarks)
    • Forward Maisokwadzo, Inclusion Adviser of the Mayor of Bristol (Remarks)
    • Charles Senessie, President of Afro-European Medical and Research Network (Remarks)

    Interventions from the floor submitted to the Secretariat:

    10:15-11:30 Panel 2: Rethinking skilled migration to address persistent labour shortages

    Moderator: Amy E. Pope, Deputy Director General for Management and Reform, IOM


    • Marian Campbell Jarvis, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada (Remarks)
    • Avneet Kaur, Head, International Collaborations and Corporate Strategy, Indian National Skills Development Corporation (Remarks)
    • Helen Dempster, Policy Fellow and Assistant Director, Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy, Center for Global Development (Remarks)

    11:30-12:00 Closing session

    • Amy E. Pope, Deputy Director General for Management and Reform, IOM (Remarks)
    • Johannes Luchner, Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission (Remarks)
    • Alicja Lelwic, Social and Economic Integration Lead at the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (Remarks)


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