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18 July 2018

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UN General Assembly as development agenda adopted Sept 2015. UN Photo/Cia Pak

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Must Address Migration

United States (IOM) – The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) is a global framework of immense ambition and consequence. It is, as the UN Secretary-General has described it, a ‘blueprint for dignity, peace and prosperity for people and the planet’.

Its adoption in 2015 was hailed as a momentous occasion. For migration practitioners and policy makers, this was certainly the case. The 2030 Agenda was the first major UN development framework –  at least since the Programme of Action of the 1994 Conference on Population and Development –  to include specific commitments on migration.

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  • UN News reported that according to IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, a failure to remain focused on the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh “would have tragic outcomes” for the nearly one million children, women and men living in Cox’s Bazar.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that migrants in Libya face the greatest risk of being trafficked, exploited or enslaved by armed groups and criminal gangs as Europe clamps down on migration.
  • Devex reported that international organizations are increasingly stepping up their operations and establishing a presence in Central America for the foreseeable future.
  • Euro News and AFP reported that Spain has overtaken Italy as the most popular choice for migrants attempting to get to Europe by sea.
  • Reuters reported that Lebanon’s first radio show to be hosted and produced by migrants from countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and the Philippines aims to give Lebanese people a greater understanding about where migrants come from, to create the tolerance and respect that local migrant rights groups say are lacking.

  • SBS reported that one in ten skilled migrants who move to regional Australia move to a city within 18 months, according to new data from the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Jurist reported that UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, said that countries that return migrants to their countries of origin are disregarding human rights considerations.