Building on discussions held during the first session of the 2018 IDM which took place in New York on 26 and 27 March (Inclusive and innovative partnerships for effective global governance of migration), this second session elaborated further on the overarching topic of partnership and cooperation with a focus on capacity development to meet the current challenges of effective governance of migration.

Developing and delivering capacity development requires the participation of a wide range of actors – including governments and local authorities and international and regional organizations – and the formulation of different activities, focused at different levels and different areas of action. The event provided a platform for exchanging examples of capacity development instruments and partnerships among a wide range of stakeholders, including high-level government representatives, leading UN actors as well as senior regional actors, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, diaspora representatives, and the private sector.  

The session was a timely opportunity for the participants to evaluate best practices of whole-of-government, whole-of-society and UN system-wide coordination approaches to support migration governance ahead of the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, scheduled in Marrakech, Morocco on 10 and 11 December 2018.


DAY ONE- 8 October 2018

10:00-11:00 Opening Session (Video of the session)

  • António Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration  (Opening remarks)
  • Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration (Remarks)
  • Mr. Juan Eduardo Eguiguren, Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, Chairperson of the Council Bureau of IOM (Remarks)

11:00-11:30 Setting the scene (Video of the session)

  • Mr. Azzouz Samri, Head of the Governing Bodies Division, IOM (Presentation)

11:30-13:00 Session 1:  Advancing migration governance: global capacity development frameworks and processes (Video of the session)

Moderator: António Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration


  • Liduvina Magarin, Vice Minister for Salvadorians Abroad, El Salvador (Remarks)
  • Juan José Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations in New York, co-facilitator for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Remarks)
  • Martin Chungong, Secretary General, Inter-Parliamentary Union (Remarks)
  • Ambet Yuson, General Secretary, Building and Wood Workers’ International (Remarks)

13:00-15:00 Break

15:00-16:30 Session 2:  Coordinating United Nations support for capacity development on migration (Video of the session)

Moderator: El Habib Nadir, Secretary General of the Ministry Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs, GFMD Co-Chair (Remarks)


  • Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York, co-facilitator for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Remarks)
  • Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director General for Programmes, World Health Organization (Remarks)
  • Sikander Khan, Director, Geneva Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS), UNICEF (Remarks)
  • Roula Hamati, Representative of the Working Group on Global Compact for Migration implementation, Coordinator of the Cross-Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants (CCRM) (Remarks)

16:30-18:00 Session 3:  Partnership frameworks for developing capacity on migration: a regional perspective (Video of the session)

Moderator: Joseph Kofi Teye, Director, Centre for Migration Studies, Ghana (Remarks)


  • Tomas Boček, Special Representative on Migration and Refugees of the Secretary General of Council of Europe (Remarks)
  • Gudelia Rangel, Executive Secretary, Executive Secretariat to the Mexico Section, Mexico-US Health Border Commission, International Relations General Division to the Health Secretariat, Mexico (Presentation)
  • Deogratius J. Dotto, First Secretary, Department of Multilateral Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tanzania (Remarks)
  • Driss Oukemeni, Member of the Arab Parliament (Remarks)
  • Linda Ristagno, Manager of External Affairs, International Air Transport Association (Remarks)  (Presentation)

DAY TWO – 9 October 2018

10:00-11:00 Migrant’s Voice Session (Video of the session)

Presenter: Azzouz Samri, Head, Governing Bodies Division, IOM


  • Djibril Diallo, President and CEO, African Renaissance and Diaspora Network (ARDN) (Remarks)
  • Zrinka Bralo, Chief Executive, Migrants Organise, United Kingdom (Remarks) (Presentation)
  • Lúcia Brüllhardt, Founder and President of Madalena’s, Switzerland (Remarks)  (Presentation)

11:00-13:00 Session 4: Assessing the capacity development needs of national actors and promoting solutions (Video of the session)

Introduction to the panel discussion:  Cécile Riallant, Senior Migration and Development Specialist, IOM (Remarks) (Presentation)

Moderator: Ms. Susan F. Martin, Donald G. Herzberg Professor Emerita of International Migration, Georgetown University (Remarks)


  • Pablo César García Sáenz, Vice Minister Foreign Affairs, Guatemala (Remarks)
  • Marden de Melo Barboza, Secretary for Strategic Initiatives of the Presidency of Brazil (Remarks) (Presentation)
  • Ken Okaniwa, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the international organizations and Chief of the Consulate of Japan in Geneva (Presentation)
  • Sima Gatea, Co-Founder, SINGA Deutschland (Presentation) (Remarks)

13:00-15:00 Break

15:00-16:00 Session 5: Measuring the impact of capacity development (Video of the session)

Moderator: Delphine Moralis, Secretary General, Terre des Hommes (Remarks)


  • Daguer Hernández Vásquez, Subdirector General, Directorate General for Migration and Immigration, Costa Rica (Remarks)
  • Ghenadie Slobodeniuc, Deputy Director, Diaspora Relations Bureau, State Chancellery of the Republic of Moldova (Remarks)
  • Ann Dao Sow, Chief Capacity Development Coordinator, African Development Bank, Cote D’Ivoire (Remarks)  (Presentation)

16:00 – 17:30 Session 6:  Meeting funding needs for capacity development on migration (Video of the session)

Moderator: Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General, IOM (Remarks)


  • Ola Henrikson, Director General, Department of Migration and Asylum, Ministry of Justice, Sweden (Remarks)
  • Marijke Wijnroks, Chief of Staff, The Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Remarks)
  • Melissa Pitotti, Director Policy, International Council of Voluntary Agencies (Remarks)

17:30-18:00 Closing remarks

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