IOM and the High Level Dialogue

As the principle intergovernmental organization in the field of migration, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been invited by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to contribute to the preparation of and to participate in the UN High-Level Dialogue which took place on 14-15 September 2006.

In its official documents entitled The High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development: Key IOM Messages  and International Migration and Development: perspective and experience of the International Organization for Migration, IOM has defined a number of policy orientations as key contribution to the preparation of the HLD. IOM particularly stressed the importance for the HLD to:

  1. mandate further research in order to better understand the complex relationship between migration and development;
  2. advocate policy coherence at the national, regional and international levels, by further encouraging national governments to engage in inter-ministerial initiatives and integrate systematically migration into their development policy and planning agenda (i.e. national  Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs). At international level, such policy coherence ought to be translated through the integration of migration into discussion around the Millennium Development Goals;
  3. call for tools that better match labour demand and supply at global level in view of maximizing the development potential of global labour mobility.
  4. further encourage  cooperation at regional and international level through the set up of Regional Consultative Processes (RCPs) and partnerships that have already proved to facilitate mutual understanding and the development of concerted actions in response to shared migration challenges.

In addition to its conceptual contribution to the HLD, IOM has also been involved in the organization of several events with key partners at the national, regional and global levels. The Migration and Development Conference of March 2006 was one such national/regional event, organized in Brussels as a joint intitiative between the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium and the International Organization for Migration, with the support of the European Commission and the World Bank.

At the global level, IOM has taken an active part in the set up of the Global Migration Group (GMG)

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