UNU’s Chairmanship of the GMG 2017

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    Christina McElwaine

    The goal of this project is to support UNU’s Rector in his role as 2017 Chair of the Global Migration Group. 

    The Global Migration Group (GMG) is an inter-agency group bringing together heads of UN entities to (i) promote the wider application of all relevant international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration, (ii) support the process of the global compact for migration, and (iii) encourage the adoption of more coherent, comprehensive and better coordinated approaches to the governance of international migration.

     The UNU’s priorities as Chair in 2017 include effective support of the global compact on migration intergovernmental process and supporting debates and discussions on international migration within the UN system and by its Member States, by providing timely evidence-based policy options and recommendations. UNU’s key thematic area of focus will be on the nexus of migration and development, which is in keeping with priorities established for 2017 by the German and Moroccan co-Chairs of the GFMD, with the objective of highlighting the imperative of timely evidence for policy making on migration. Since UNU’s Chairmanship of the GMG follows the Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants of September 19th 2016, a major focus in 2017 will be to engage closely with the UN membership to tackle global migration challenges more effectively, so as to assist as needed in achieving two global compacts—those of responsibility sharing for refugees and for safe, regular and orderly migration.

    In collaboration with the Director of UNU-GCM, who serves as the working level chair for 2017, UNU’s Office in New York will carry out a number of activities of importance to the functioning of the GMG and the Rector’s tenure in chair, including: convening the GMG focal points for working level meetings and other activities of the GMG; organizing the 2017 strategic retreat of the GMG, for 70-80 people; organising a Principal Level Meeting (PLM) of the GMG in April and November 2017; organizing five academic panels on migration issues; and supporting the coorindation and substantive production activities requested of the GMG Chair in support of the process towards a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.