You read it here first 😉 It was just announced at the concluding debate of the government meeting that Turkey will follow Sweden as host of the Global Forum on Migration and Development. Sweden will host the event in 2014, then in 2015 Turkey will act as host.
This can be seen as a positive sign that the Forum is here to stay – but also as a confirmation that the issue of migration will very likely stay outside the UN process even after the High-Level Dialogue in New York in 2013.
Also some information and the date for the GFMD in Mauritius was provided:
It will take place November 21-22 in 2012. I assume civil society days will proceed this date as usual.
The incoming chair of Mauritius stressed that the GFMD is foremost about the well-being of migrants. He also wants to build bridges with civil society, and bring the private sector in more strongly.
He announced a consultation with civil society January 19, 2012. The GFMD in Mauritius will be the first time the forum will be held in Africa.
He also suggested a multi-annul lfunding framework that would bring more continuity to the process.