Global Forum on Migration and Development

When officially adopted by the General Assembly, the High Level Dialogue was not conceived as a singular accomplished event but was rather meant  to mark the beginning  of a new path towards greater policy coherence and cohesion in the field of migration and development. 

Consequently, the United Nations Secretary General invited all participating states and non-state actors to consider in their HLD discussions the set up of a Global Forum on Migration and Development that would permit states to continue a sustained policy dialogue on migration and development within a proper structured framework.

As per the official summary of the HLD submitted by the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary General's proposal gained widespread support from  participating member states which have nevertheless  stressed the importance that  such forum should remain informal, voluntary, state-run and non-binding.

On 9, 10 and 11 July 2007 the Belgian Government will host the first meeting of the 'Global Forum on Migration and Development'. The King Baudoin Foundation has accepted the invitation to organise the first day of the Global Forum, which will be devoted to civil society. The 'Civil Society Forum on Migration and Development' on 9 July will gather a broad range of non-governmental actors to discuss the Migration and Development nexus and give input to the governmental discussions on the 10th and 11th of July.

For more information on the 'Civil Society Forum' and the global forum, please click here.