Global Forum on Migration and Development
The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)
is a recent initiative of the international community to address the
migration and development interconnections in practical and
action-oriented ways. It marks the culmination of more than a decade of
international discussion on the growing importance of these linkages, and
the progressive acknowledgement of the need to address the policy
implications and responses in a multilateral framework.
Conceived as an informal, multilateral and State-led
process, the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is intended
to add value to the current debate on international migration and
development by fostering international cooperation, enhancing inter-State
dialogue and discuss and promote new policy ideas in the field of
migration and its interrelation with development.
Through a well-prepared, participative and sustained dialogue between
developing and developed countries the Forum seeks to arrive at common and
evidence-based understandings on those areas where migration policies have
the greatest potential to contribute to development, and where development
policies take greater account of migration and its potential benefits for
development. The Forum is also intended to make explicit the growing
recognition that international migration is a normal and crucial element
in the development process.
GFMD was proposed by the UN Secretary-General and his Special
Representative on International Migration and Development at the High
Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) on 14-15
September 2006 within the framework of the General Assembly of the United
Over 140 Member States discussed the global implications of international
migration and the mutually beneficial interaction between migration and
development. The High Level Dialogue made explicit the close relationship
of development policies with migration policies, and reaffirmed how good
migration governance can contribute to development and how development
policies can impact on migration. This complex relationship is of growing
importance as migration increases every year.
Belgium volunteered to initiate the process and to prepare and organize
its first meeting in consultation with the Special Representative of the
SG of the UN. The inaugural meeting was held in Brussels on 9-11 July 2007
under the chairmanship of the Government of Belgium. The second Global
Forum on Migration and Development was held in Manila, Philippines on
27-30 October 2008.
Third Global Forum on Migration and Development will be held in Athens,
Greece on 2-5 November 2009.
overarching theme of Athens GFMD is: “Integrating migration policies into
development strategies for the benefit of all”.
Official GFMD-Government Meeting- Athens 2009 site:
Official GFMD-Civil Society