Call of Barcelona: Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development
- Responsible Organisations: City Council of Barcelona (Government); International Organization for Migration (IOM) (International Organisation); World Bank Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) (International Organisation); United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) (International Organisation); European Commission (International Organisation)
- ILO Regions: Africa; Americas; Arab States; Asia and the Pacific; Europe and Central Asia; Europe and Central Asia; Global
- Country(ies): Global coverage; Spain
- Thematic areas: Migration and development
- MLFLM: 15.
On 20 June 2014, the First Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development was convened in the City of Barcelona. The Forum gathered more that 30 mayors and city representatives to discuss issues related to migration and development. The event was organised by the City Council of Barcelona in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) of the World Bank, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the European Commission, with the support of a number of other organisations. The Mayoral Forum reflected a will to highlight the role of cities at the front-line of addressing migration and the need to discuss the value of mobility for development in cities and around the world. The Forum recognised that migration is a primarily positive, urban phenomenon, and that cities are the main attraction pole and driving force. In its outcome document, the 'Call of Barcelona', participants asked for: a voice and role in deciding on migration policies; dignified treatment and respect for all people regardless of where they come from; legislation to adopt a more realistic approach to minimise exclusion and other negative impacts of migration; the adoption of legal frameworks that facilitate processes of integration for all; strong actions against racist and xenophobic discourse and crimes; as well as funding sources for local policies of integration and to accommodate diversity. The Second Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development will be held in Quito, Ecuador, in 2015.