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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Meetings and events

Past meetings and events

17–18 MAY 2011, NEW YORK, NY GMG Symposium - Migration and Youth: Harnessing Opportunities for Development
The Symposium is planned to coincide with the UN General Assembly informal thematic debate on international migration and development (GA Informal Debate) due to take place on 19 May 2011.
The Symposium will bring together a wide range of experts and practitioners to present future trends, discuss current knowledge, highlight existing gaps, and share good practices on how to increase
migration’s positive impacts and minimize its negative impacts on the development prospects of youth. Please see the Symposium Report, Proceedings and Annexes.

27-28 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland. Global Migration Group Practitioners Symposium aimed to explore practical solutions and ways in which multi-stakeholder partnerships at different levels of governance can work together to maximize the human development benefits of migration through action in 1) improving the evidence-base for policy-making; 2) protecting the rights of migrants; and 3) making migration an integral part of national and regional development strategies. Background papers and presentations are available on the conference website.

25 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland. The Consultation on Protection of the Rights of the Child in the Context of Migration was hosted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in preparation for the study entitled “Human Rights of Migrants: Migration and the Human Rights of the Child” requested by Human Rights Council Resolution 12/6. The consultation aimed to 1) consult and gather inputs for the study from a range of stakeholders; and 2) explore challenges and best practices in the context of the international framework on migration and the human rights of the child. See the consultation website for more details.

2-5 November 2009, Athens, Greece. The Third Meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development was hosted by the Government of Greece and attended by over 530 delegates representing 142 UN member-states and observers and 30 international organizations, as well as the European Commission. See the forum website for further information and relevant documentation.

27-30 October 2008. Manila, Philippines. The Global Forum on Migration and Development built on the themes of the 2007 roundtables.  Please see the document library and roundtable themes for more information on the presentations, working papers, and conclusions and recommendations.

25-26 September 2008, Manila, Philippines. The International Conference on Gender, Migration and Development, co-organized by UNICEF Philippines with the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women, UNIFEM and ILO, gathered more than 400 participants from governments, trade unions, employers’ organizations, private sector, civil society organizations, academia and international organizations. The outcome document, entitled “Manila Call to Action 2008”, called upon the participating states at the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Manila to ensure a gender and rights based perspective in migration and development policies, legislation and programs of countries of origin and destination; and recommended that the gender dimensions of migration and multi stakeholder participation be an organic and integral part of all future GFMD deliberations. For more information, see the conference website.

26-27 November 2007. New York, NY. The Seventh Coordination Meeting on International Migration website includes all the documents, presentations and papers from the conference.  Also find materials from the previous five coordination meetings on this site.  

9-11 July 2007. Brussels, Belgium. The Global Forum on Migration and Development included a meeting of civil society representatives and governmental discussions. This marked the start of a new global process designed to enhance the positive impact of migration on development (and vice versa) by adopting a more consistent policy approach, identifying new instruments and best practices, exchanging know-how and experience about innovative tactics and methods and establishing cooperative links between the various actors involved. To see the press releases, document library, conclusion and recommendation, see the conference website.

14-15 September 2006. New York, NY. The High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development discussed the multidimensional aspects of international migration and development in order to identify appropriate ways and means to maximize its development benefits and minimize its negative impacts. Additionally, the high-level dialogue had a strong focus on policy issues, including the challenge of achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals. Read the background materials, basic information, statements, mandates and data here.



Documents and publications

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