13th GFMD to Be Held in UAE in January Next

The 13th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) will be held in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 11-15 January, 2021, according to the International Organization of Migration.

The GFMD, a voluntary, informal, non-binding and government-led process open to all States Members and Observers of the United Nations and selected observer organizations was created upon the proposal of the UN Secretary-General at the September 2006 General Assembly High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development.

The GFMD aims to address, in a transparent manner, the multidimensional aspects, opportunities and challenges related to international migration and its inter-linkages with development, to bring together government expertise from all regions, to enhance dialogue and cooperation and partnership and to foster practical and action-oriented outcomes at the national, regional and global level.

Each year, the GFMD is organized by a different host government. Since the first meeting in Belgium in 2007, the GFMD has traveled the world - to the Philippines in 2008, Greece in 2009, Mexico in 2010, Switzerland in 2011, Mauritius in 2012, Sweden in 2014, Turkey in 2015, Bangladesh in 2016 and Germany in 2017, Morocco in 2018 and Ecuador in 2020.

On June 16 the Emirates News Agency reported that the UAE chaired the third regional consultative meeting of the GFMD, which had been held remotely and attended by more than 35 countries.

The meeting was the part of a series of regional meetings chaired by the UAE, the first Gulf country to chair the forum, whose 13th edition expects participation of more than 190 member states.

Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Acting Assistant Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation for Communication and International Relations, said that the meeting discussed ways of enhancing the use of modern technologies to organise migration and development and support partnerships between relevant international organisations.

He also pointed out that the UAE Government was keen to support the forum in implementing its visions, in light of the considerable changes witnessed by the entire world, including ensuring the future of labour, protecting immigrants and illegal migrants, and mitigating the effects of the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic.

Al Nuaimi stressed that the forum’s third meeting aims to reinforce the use of modern technologies and protect immigrants, adding that the UAE, through its presidency of the forum, is supporting partnerships to promote the exchange of views between member countries, non-governmental organisations, NGO, and the private sector.

The forum has organised six regional online meetings, with two in Asia, two in Africa, one in Latin America and one in Europe, the ENA reported.

The meeting was attended by heads of delegations and senior officials from the forum’s member countries, as well as representatives of international organisations in the field of migration and labour, NGOs and the private sector.

The UAE took over the chairmanship of the GFMD from Ecuador on February 1st 2020 with three strategic priorities: Broadening stakeholder engagement in the GFMD, Incorporating regional perspectives into the development of background material for the Summit, Further orientating the GFMD towards a focus on partnerships and outcomes

The 12th summit of the GFMD ended in Quito of Ecuador with a call to foster partnership among all stakeholders to implement the global compact on migration.

Bangladesh United Nations Network on Migration (BDUNNM) and Civil Society for Global Commitments on Migration (CGCM) jointly organized a virtual workshop on June 13.

The senior government officials, civil society leaders and migrants’ right activists emphasized forging strong partnership among all stakeholders and taking concerted efforts to implement all of the objectives and goals of the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration from Bangladesh.

They also emphasized on making adequate budgetary allocations by the government for effective reintegration of the thousands of migrant workers who were coming back home due to impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

Bangladesh based migration experts hav called for taking huge investment for creating jobs, improving livelihoods of countrymen and making people aware about irregular migration aimed to reduce vulnerabilities of the migrants at home and abroad.

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