Host: Global Forum on Migration and Development
Date: 18 Nov 2019 - 22 Nov 2019
Created in 2007, the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is a state-led, informal and non-binding process, which helps shape the global debate on migration and development. It provides a flexible, multi-stakeholder space where governments can discuss the multi-dimensional aspects, opportunities and challenges related to migration, development, and the link between these two areas. The GFMD process allows governments – in partnership with civil society, the private sector, the UN system, and other relevant stakeholders – to analyze and discuss sensitive issues, create consensus, pose innovative solutions, and share policy and practices.
The Ecuadorian Chairmanship is focused on the central theme: “Sustainable approaches to human mobility: Upholding rights, strengthening state agency, and advancing development through partnerships and collective action.” Under this theme, the main three substantive focuses of the Chairmanship are:
1. Joint responses to mixed migration flows: Partnerships and collective action to protect rights.
2. Migration narratives and communication: What role, responsibility and resources do governments have?
3. Addressing human mobility as part of urban and rural development strategies.
The 2019 GFMD Chair has also set a number of concrete priorities for continuing and enhancing the GFMD process this year. Specifically, the Chair has laid out a plan to follow up on the recommendations of the Ten-Year Review Report released in 2018; support the implementation and follow up of international commitments, notably the GCM and the 2030 Agenda; and convene a number of thematic and regional meetings throughout the year to address substantive and institutional priorities.
The 12th GFMD Summit meeting will take place in Quito (Ecuador) on 18-22 November, under the following there: “Sustainable approaches to human mobility: Upholding rights, strengthening state agency, and advancing development through partnerships and collective action.”
The summit is open to government representatives and registered observers.
Venue: Centro de Convenciones Bicentenario
Location: Quito, Ecuador