We have a date: The second UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (UN HLD). will be taking place in New York City on 3-4 October 2013. This will be the main global event addressing the issue of migration this year – the GFMD is taking a break and will actually be evaluated during the UN meeting. The theme of the HLD is announced to be
“Identifying concrete measures to strengthen coherence and cooperation at all levels to enhance the benefits of international migration for migrants and countries alike and its
important links to development, while reducing its negative implications.”
I could certainly think of more elegantly formulated themes, but migration remains a touchy subject on the global level, and even more so within the UN: There had been no agreement on establishing an institution or forum as part of the UN process during the first HLD in 2006, which resulted in the ad hoc creation of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). outside the UN.
It is highly unlikely that this situation will change significantly in the near future: The GFMD is here to stay and meetings have already been announced to take place in Sweden (2014) and turkey (2015).
Still, New York has the potential to become a major landmark for the global dialogue on migration and the migrants rights movement. The latter is planning major mobilizations during the event. Change is in the air regarding the US attitude towards immigration, and if Obama delivers on his newly made promises, these winds of change might also be felt during the New York meeting. (maybe even more so if he fails to deliver…)
I will blog about updates and events leading up to the HLD and hope to participate at least in the parallel events in New York.
For now, these are the proposed themes of the four roundtables:
Roundtable 1: “Assessing the effects of international migration on sustainable development and identifying relevant priorities in view of the preparation of the post-2015 development framework.”
Roundtable 2: “Measures to ensure respect for and protection of the human rights of all migrants, with particular reference to women and children, as well as to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants and trafficking of persons and to ensure orderly, regular and safe migration.”
Roundtable 3: “Strengthening partnerships and coordination on international migration, mechanisms to effectively integrate migration into development policies and promoting coherence at all levels.”
Roundtable 4: “International and regional labour mobility and its impact on development.”