In preparation for the High-level Dialogue (HLD) on International Migration and Development, to be held on 3 and 4 October 2013, the President of the General Assembly (GA) organized a panel discussion with a focus on the overall theme of the High-level Dialogue.
Held on 25 June, the panel discussion focused on: considering progress in the global migration debate since the 2006 High-level Dialogue on Migration and Development; identifying concrete recommendations for the 2013 event; and providing fresh perspectives on the future of migration and its relation to development. Participants called for protecting the human rights of migrants and addressing negative stereotypes. Acting President of the GA, Rodney Charles (Trinidad and Tobago), exhorted the international community to tackle the deepening relationship between international migration and development, citing the role of diaspora communities in entrepreneurship and investment.
The event also addressed follow-up to the 2013 HLD including the need to integrate migration into the post-2015 development agenda. All the speakers agreed on the premise that migration must feature in the context of this agenda, but the debate on how, in what form and to what extent still remains outstanding. As migration must be considered through a broader policy framework, the panel discussion provided another important building block for the narrative of the post-2015 agenda, while drawing attention to some policy gaps such as data management and impact measurement and evaluation. Panelists urged governments to factor migration into development planning and integrate it into the post-2015 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Representatives of civil society called for a five-year action agenda for stakeholder collaboration to be adopted at the HLD. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) issued a position paper for the HLD, calling for the recognition of migrants’ contribution to the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainable development.
For more information please see:
the UN summary and IISD coverage of the meeting;
the remarks of the President of the General Assembly at the panel;
UN DESA Population Division website on the High-level Dialogue on Migration and Development;
the website for the High-level Dialogue and NGO Hearings preceding it, by and for civil society.