GFMD: In quest of new governance mechanism

Courier Report
Thursday, January 7th, 2016
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Bangladesh has taken the chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) this month (January 1, 2016) for a year. The GFMD is an initiative of the United Nations Member States to address the migration and development interconnections in practical and action-oriented ways.

 

Bangladesh will host the 9th conference of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in December this year. Bangladesh expects United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Ministers from over 50 countries in the mega event to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. At least 160 countries, out of 195, are expected to participate in the event. There will be series of events round the year before the key conference to be held on December 10-12.  The 8th GFMD meeting was held in Istanbul, Turkey in October 2015.

 

The 9th GFMD would be the first key global development process on migration and development. Bangladesh Chairmanship and GFMD would initiate discussions on the 2030 Agenda at national context of migration. It will initiate a discussion to draw up migration policy and drawing coherence between national process and global commitments to be able to deliver in line with the 2030 agenda.

 

Bangladesh wants to take a leadership role in global migration forum for developing a ‘new governance mechanism’ to deal with migration issues in the context of its changed and complex scenario globally. “We need a new governance system to deal with the migration issues as the context, in which way we usually manage migration, has changed with further deepening crises,” said Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque.

 

Earlier, the group unanimously accepted Bangladesh’s bid to chair the GFMD in 2016. Germany will take over the charge from Bangladesh next year.

 

The GFMD is an initiative of the United Nations Member States to address the migration and development interconnections in practical and action-oriented ways.

 

The Foreign Secretary said Bangladesh has proposed the overall theme of the event as ‘Migration that Works for Sustainable Development of All: Towards a Transformative Migration Agenda.’

 

He said the ‘overarching’ theme would essentially be based on SDG Plus approach to incorporate and advance a range of migration specific issues, ideas and elements.

 

The 9th GFMD debate will be structured on three sub-themes — economics of migration and development, sociology of migration and development and government of migration and development.

Bangladesh will also hold three workshops in Bangkok, Geneva and New York on three separate themes.

 

The Foreign Secretary said Bangladesh will closely coordinate with the civil society in ensuring that the governments and civil society events complements and strengthen further. “We’ll involve the business community in the entire process in a big way,” Haque said.

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