Multilateral Processes

The Multilateral Processes Division (MPD) of the Department for International Cooperation and Partnerships was established in 2015 as a body through which IOM’s positions and policies in relation to international migration policy could be disseminated. MPD’s main focus began with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the SDGs continue to remain a large part of the Division’s work. MPD has since expanded to encompass not only the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, but a variety of other multilateral processes such as:

  • United Nations Network on Migration
  • Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)
  • Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Financing for Development)
  • Habitat III
  • The New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants
  • The Grand Bargain

MPD is the organization’s nodal point for developing and articulating IOM’s positions and policies for key multilateral processes related to international migration policy and overall liaison with the United Nations system, including the UN network on Migration, providing guidance to IOM staff in their work with regard to coordination processes and document preparation.

Whom do we work with?

Under the department of International Cooperation and Partnerships, the Division works with IOM partners and colleagues. The Division also frequently meets with colleagues from other UN agencies that work on the subject of migrants and migration, as well as governments, IOM missions and country offices.

The Multilateral Processes Division engages in forums and dialogues related to international migration policy and law, such as the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) the Mayors’ Mechanism (MM) and partners such as United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the Mayors Migration Council (MMC), as well as other partnerships that ensue from the GFMD and the MM, such as for instance the Ad Hoc Working Group on Public Narratives on Migration. MPD is involved with the development of the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI), a tool that helps governments strengthen the way they govern migration through an analysis of the comprehensiveness of their migration policies, which identifies good practices and areas that may need to be further developed.