Tag Archives: Mexico

Opening of the Civil Society Days – what difference will they make?


The Opening Ceremony of the Civil Society Days (CSD) of the 5th GFMD has just come to a close. 186 civil society delegates, among them 73 migrants, will debate for two and a half days among themselves and with government … Continue reading

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PGA and common space taking shape – no news about IAMR…


The last of this year’s GFMD thematic meetings has just been held (a workshop on migration profiles in Manila), and it is less than a month from now that the “concluding debate” will take place in Geneva. With the program … Continue reading

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To be continued – Sweden will host GFMD meeting in 2014


There have been uncertainties about the future of the GFMD process – but it seems as if the Forum is here to stay, even beyond the next UN High-Level Dialogue on Migration in 2013. Sweden is part of the Troika that … Continue reading

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Looking forward, looking back: Some offical GFMD-related documents


Two documents have been made available that sum up the Mexican GFMD and provide an outlook on the Swiss one  Also, the little-known Platform for Partnerships receives an overhaul. First,

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The Global Forum decentralized – news on the GFMD 2011 in Switzerland (and elsewhere…)


There has been intense speculation on the future of the GFMD. Now, the first Draft Concept Paper by the Swiss Chair shines some light on the format of the Forum in 2011 (and maybe the following year as well). The … Continue reading

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Standing in the shadows of civil society? The GFMD government meeting


True, they turned on the water fountains outside the conference center for the opening of the GFMD government meeting. But all the other treats seemed to have been reserved for the preceding civil society days: There, a movie star stopped by … Continue reading

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The end of the GFMD as we know it? Some (vague) info on the Switzerland meeting


At least one thing is for sure: Mexico handed over the Chairmanship on December 3, so Switzerland will be host of the GFMD meeting(s) in 2011. But there is only scarce information regarding the concept of the government meeting – … Continue reading

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GFMD Civil Society Days 2010 Statement available – but more to come…


As I have blogged earlier, there had been some dissatisfaction with the statement of the civil society days as it was presented at the common space with the governments. Now the statement is available – please find the document attached below … Continue reading

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Enlarged Common Space at the GFMD, but still room for improvement


  “One step forward, one step back” was my overall assessment of the GFMD in Athens * – referring to attempts towards better interaction between Civil Society and Governments on the plus, and a major lack of transparency on the … Continue reading

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The protest caravan is in town – but where is it?


During the “Common Space” session of the government GFMD, a colleague of mine received a text message: The caravan is in town! Immediately, we left the venue to look for the demonstrations that had arrived after a two-day-journey from Mexico-City. But … Continue reading

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