Special Event during the 2014 session of ECOSOC

Fair Migration and the Post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Agenda

Convened by the Republic of Turkey, Chair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and the ILO, Chair of the Global Migration Group (GMG), this event will discuss the how migrants and migration are essential to inclusive, equitable and sustainable development.

A special event convened by the Republic of Turkey, Chair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and the ILO, Chair of the Global Migration Group

Fair Migration and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

Wednesday, 9 July 2014
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Conference Room 10 (Conference Building, Ground Floor), UNHQ New York

Background
Migration is on the increase and is expected to continue. Millions of people are on the move across all regions of the globe. The post-2015 UN development agenda presents a unique opportunity to:
  • Give renewed impetus to global cooperation and coordination on international migration and development, and to widen and strengthen partnerships to this effect;
  • Recognize the significant contributions that migrants make to the development of destination, transit and origin countries; and
  • Advance the promotion and protection of their human and labour rights in accordance with international standards, and support fair and effective governance of migration.
A consensus around these objectives is emerging in current discussions on the shape of the post-2015 development agenda, and is also supported by the landmark and consensus Declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at the second High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD), held in October 2013, calling for recognition that “human mobility is a key factor for sustainable development which should be adequately considered in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda” (para. 8), and by the UN Secretary-General’s eight-point agenda for action submitted to the HLD. Inclusion of migrants and migration in the post-2015 development agenda is also a priority area of mutual interest in the enhanced coordination and collaboration taking place between the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), the Global Migration Group (GMG) and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for International Migration and Development.

Event objectives
The side event will allow participants to discuss some of the practical ways in which the post-2015 development framework might incorporate migrants and migration that are needed to advance inclusive, equitable and sustainable development, and how the GFMD and GMG, working with the SRSG and other stakeholders such as social partners, migrant and diaspora associations and civil society generally, might contribute to and bolster this process.