Migration and development

The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)

The GFMD was set up as an informal meeting place where issues connected with international migration and development could be considered systematically and comprehensively.

The idea of the GFMD was first put forward by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and his Special Representative on International Migration and Development at the UN High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in September 2006. Many UN member states wanted the Forum to function as an informal structure run by governments on a voluntary basis, openly and transparently, without producing any negotiated outcomes or regulatory decisions.

The first GFMD was organised by the Belgian Government in July 2007. Its objective was to deepen policymakers’ understanding – by improving dialogue and strengthening partnerships – of the opportunities and challenges that migration raises for development and vice versa. It also aimed to identify practical measures focused on action to address these opportunities and challenges and make such measures operational at the national, regional and global levels. The meeting brought together some 800 delegates from more than 140 UN member states.

Belgium actively participated in the second GFMD, which was held in Manila, in October 2008. The third Forum took place in Athens, in November 2009.

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The funding of projects relating to international migration and development

These projects – which are, for the most part proposed and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) – are funded through the budget of Belgian Development Cooperation.

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