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GFMD and Civil Society


The Migration and Development Civil Society Network (MADE) has evolved out of years of civil society organizing in and around Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). Since 2014, the coordination of GFMD civil society activities has become part of MADE, and the annual GFMD Civil Society Days are organized by the Global Civil Society Coordinating Office, in coordination with an International Steering Committee.

MADE expands opportunities for civil society to prepare for and follow up to the annual GFMD meetings through national and regional meetings and advocacy actions, to ensure that changes for migrants, migrants’ rights and human development are actually implemented on the ground.

The GFMD Civil Society Days are the yearly occasion for the MADE regional networks and Working Groups, in addition to a wide array of networks and civil society actors, to come together and discuss what they have been doing to advance the agenda for the protection of migrants’ rights and human development, and to formulate action plans and recommendations for governments to follow up on.

Find out more about the GFMD Civil Society Days 2016 in Bangladesh

Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)


The Global Forum on Migration and Development is a series of activities throughout the year that culminate in a week-long programme of government and civil society meetings that have been taking place since 2007.

The Forum emerged from the first UN General Assembly High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in 2006, as a process outside of the UN system where policymakers and stakeholders from countries all over the world come together to discuss about migration and development.

To this day, it remains the only global mechanism available to discuss migration and development with the full range of actors involved in migration – from grassroots organisations all the way to national governments and international organizations. 


For civil society and governments alike, GFMD remains the key forum where to advance the 5-year 8-point agenda for change.


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“The Time for Action is upon us” - 2016 GFMD Civil Society Days Statement

Dhaka, 11 December 2016 – More than 200 representatives of civil society from over 50 countries, as well as representatives from governments and international organizations, gathered in Bangladesh this week to deliberate on action needed for inclusion, protection and empowerment of migrants, and the governance of migration. 
 

A Dialogue on the Global Migration Compact unter the 9th GFMD Chairmanship

Civil society was invited to a dialogue on the Global Migration Compact on 14 November, held by the 2016 GFMD Chair, Bangladesh. During the event, Eva Sandis of the NGO Committee on Migration mentioned three key points that civil society call to be included in this Compact.

GFMD Common Space 10 December

The Common Space of the GFMD that convenes all of the civil society delegates with all of the state participants for direct interaction is this year scheduled for Saturday, 10 December—International Human Rights Day.  Common Space begins after lunch, immediately following the Opening Ceremony, in which a number of dignitaries will speak, including the civil society Chair of the CSD presenting civil society’s principal recommendations from the prior two days, and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh delivering a keynote speech.

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related events

GFMD 10th Summit (Berlin)

The main theme of the Tenth GFMD Summit to be held in Berlin on 28-30 June 2017 will be "Towards a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development". This theme signals the imperative to address and balance the interests of migrants and their countries of origin, transit and destination within the framework of safe, regular and orderly migration. It also reflects different governance levels, addressing national, international as well as cooperative strategies and aims at developing an understanding through inclusion of all stakeholders.

GFMD Thematic Meeting on Migration and Climate (Rabat)

The question of the impact of climate change on human mobility has attracted considerable attention over the past years. It has been integrated in the preamble of the Paris Agreement (COP21) and will be discussed at the United Nations in May 2017 as part of the preliminary consultations for the elaboration of the Global compact.

ADEPT April Webinar in partnership with IOM

Thursday 27 April 2017 from 04:30 to 06:30 PM Brussels/Geneva Time- Satellite Meeting in Preparation for the GFMD Civil Society Days                                                                                                                                                                           ADEPT’s April webinar will examine the UN Global Compact on Migration and the Global Forum on Migration and Development and explore ways in which diaspora and migrants can help achieve the aims of these meetings and negotiations on migration and development.

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