Established 2006

The UN General Assembly in its resolution 58/208 of 23 December 2003 decided to devote a high-level dialogue to international migration and development during its sixty-first session in 2006.  The purpose of the high-level dialogue is to discuss the multidimensional aspects of international migration and development and identify appropriate ways to maximize its development benefits and minimize its negative impacts.  Additionally, the high-level dialogue has a strong focus on policy issues, including the challenge of achieving internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The First HLD examined the relationship and synergies between international migration and development.  It was composed of four plenary meetings and four interactive round tables on such themes as migrant’s right, human trafficking and migrant smuggling, remittances, partnerships at the bilateral and regional levels.

The First HLD resulted in the creation of the voluntary, State-led and non-binding Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), a platform for informal dialogue and cooperation.  

In 2006, the UN Secretary-General established the Global Migration Group (GMG), an interagency coordination mechanism including the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and 15 entities of the United Nations system, to promote the wider application of international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration and to encourage the adoption of more coherent, comprehensive and better coordinated inter-agency approaches.

The Second High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development discussed the post- 2015 development framework and integrating migration into development policies, labour migration, migrant’s rights, safe migration, among other topics.  The Second HLD’s result was the eight-point agenda for action on making migration work.  Informal interactive hearings were held with the representatives of civil society organizations and the private sector. 

The Second HLD identified concrete measures to strengthen coherence and cooperation at all levels, with a view to enhancing the benefits of international migration for migrants and countries alike and its important links to development, while reducing its negative implications. 

Current Focus

  • Migration and Development,
  • Labour Migration
  • Human Rights of Migrants
  • Migrant Exploitation
  • Human Trafficking
  • Stranded Migrants
  • Migration data and Migration Evidence Base
  • Public Perceptions of Migrants
  • Migration partnerships and cooperation

Participating States (195 states)

Afghanistan Democratic Republic of the Congo Iran (Islamic Republic of) Montenegro Singapore
Albania Costa Rica Iraq Morocco Slovakia
Algeria Côte d'Ivoire Ireland Mozambique Slovenia
Andorra Croatia Israel Myanmar Solomon Islands
Angola Cuba Italy Namibia Somalia
Antigua and Barbuda Cyprus Jamaica Nauru South Africa
Argentina Czech Republic Japan Nepal South Sudan
Armenia Denmark Jordan Netherlands Spain
Australia Djibouti Kazakhstan New Zealand Sri Lanka
Austria Dominica Kenya Nicaragua Sudan
Azerbaijan Dominican Republic Kiribati Niger Suriname
Bahamas Ecuador Democratic People's Republic of Korea Nigeria Swaziland
Bahrain Egypt Republic of Korea Norway Sweden
Bangladesh El Salvador Kuwait Oman Switzerland
Barbados Equatorial Guinea Kyrgyzstan Pakistan Syrian Arab Republic
Belarus Eritrea Lao People's Democratic Republic Palau Tajikistan
Belgium Estonia Latvia Palestine United Republic of Tanzania
Belize Ethiopia Lebanon Panama Thailand
Benin Fiji Lesotho Papua New Guinea Timor-Leste
Bhutan Finland Liberia Paraguay Togo
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) France Libya Peru Tonga
Bosnia and Herzegovina Gabon Liechtenstein Philippines Trinidad and Tobago
Botswana Gambia Lithuania Poland Tunisia
Brazil Georgia Luxembourg Portugal Turkey
Brunei Darussalam Germany Macedonia Qatar Turkmenistan
Bulgaria Ghana Madagascar Romania Tuvalu
Burkina Faso Greece Malawi Russia Uganda
Burundi Grenada Malaysia Rwanda Ukraine
Cabo Verde Guatemala Maldives Saint Kitts and Nevis United Arab Emirates
Cambodia Guinea Mali Saint Lucia United Kingdom
Cameroon Guinea-Bissau Malta Saint Vincent and the Grenadines United States
Canada Guyana Marshall Islands Samoa Uruguay
Central African Republic Haiti Mauritania San Marino Uzbekistan
Chad Holy See Mauritius Sao Tome and Principe Vanuatu
Chile Honduras Mexico Saudi Arabia Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
China Hungary Micronesia (Federated States of) Senegal Viet Nam
Colombia Iceland Republic of Moldova Serbia Yemen
Comoros India Monaco Seychelles Zambia
Congo Indonesia Mongolia Sierra Leone Zimbabwe


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Global Forum on Migration and Development
International Labour Office (ILO)
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA)
United Nations Development Fund for Women
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
United Nations Regional Commissions
United Nations University (UNU)
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants
World Bank
World Health Organization

Private Sector organizations

UN DESA Population Division

Contact Information
International Migration
Population Division
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)
United Nations Headquarters, 2 United Nations Plaza
Rm. DC2-1950
New York, NY 10017 USA
Facsimile + 1-212-963-2147


Recent Meetings
Second High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development “"Making Migration Work”, 3-4 October 2013, New York, USA

Previous Meetings
First United Nations High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, 14 – 15 September, 2006, New York, USA

Related Meetings
Plenary meeting of the General Assembly on global awareness of the tragedies of irregular migrants in the Mediterranean basin with specific emphasis on Syrian asylum seekers, 20 and 23 November 2015, New York
Informal meeting of the General Assembly on ways to advance a comprehensive response to the global humanitarian and refugee crisis, 19 November 2015, New York
High-level side event on “Strengthening cooperation on migration and refugee movements under the new development agenda”, 30 September 2015, New York
Informal Interactive Hearings with NGO's, Civil Society and the Private Sector, 15 July 2013, New York
Panel Discussion on International Migration and Development, 25 June 2013, New York
Informal Thematic Debate on International Migration and Development, 19 May 2011, New York
Informal interactive hearings of the General Assembly with representatives of non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and the private sector, 12 July 2006, New York
Panel discussions on International Migration and Development, 8 July 2006, New York
Panel discussions on International Migration and Development, 4 July 2006, Geneva

Related Links

Principal Documents
Making migration work: an eight-point agenda for action
A/RES/67/219 UN General Assembly Resolution: International Migration and Development
A/RES/65/170 UN General Assembly Resolution: International Migration and Development
A/RES/63/225 UN General Assembly Resolution: International Migration and Development
A/RES/61/208 UN General Assembly Resolution
A/RES/60/227 UN General Assembly Resolution: International Migration and Development
A/RES/59/241 UN General Assembly Resolution: International Migration and Development
A/RES/58/208 UN General Assembly Resolution 58/208 “International migration and development”