On 8-12 December, the 2016 Global Forum on Migration and Development will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is an initiative of the United Nations to address the linkages between migration and development in practical and action-oriented ways. It is an informal and voluntary process that reflects the progressive acknowledgement of the limits of a strictly national approach to migration issues and their implications at a global level. In view of the societal implications of the issues, the forum has involved participation from civil society organisations.

The objectives of the GFMD are:

  • To provide a venue for policy-makers and high-level policy practitioners to informally discuss relevant policies and practical challenges and opportunities of the migration-development nexus, and engage with other stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations, experts and migrant organizations to foster practical and action-oriented outcomes at national, bilateral and international level;
  • To exchange good practices and experiences, which can be duplicated or adapted in other circumstances, in order to maximize the development benefits of migration and migration flows;
  • To identify information, policy and institutional gaps necessary to foster synergies and greater policy coherence at national, regional and international levels between the migration and development policy areas;
  • To establish partnerships and cooperation between countries, and between countries and other stakeholders, such as international organizations, diaspora, migrants, academia etc., on migration and development;
  • To structure the international priorities and agenda on migration and development.

The IDC will be attending the GFMD, continuing work with States on their commitment to end child detention made in the NY Declaration.