IOM-UNDP programme: What means to put migration at the service of sustainable development?

The IOM-UNDP Global Program on Migration for Sustainable Development held, on Monday in Rabat, the second annual meeting of the Global Program Board, hosted by the Government of Morocco.

This meeting brought together more than 60 experts on migration, human mobility and development, including national and local governments, United Nations agencies, donors, private sector actors and civil society organizations from 11 countries to discuss progress made, ways forward and visions for leveraging migration to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The countries participating in the board meeting of the programme, funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and implemented jointly by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), are Morocco, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Nepal, Philippines, Senegal, Serbia and Tunisia.

National governments and local representatives came together to discuss progress made, share good practices and identify solutions for migration to have a positive impact on the sustainable development of their countries, by unleashing the potential of human mobility to serve of prosperity, equality and peace.

Launched in 2019, the IOM-UNDP Global Program is in Phase III of a long-standing effort to pave the way for a more integrated migration governance methodology, promote policy coherence and foster benefits for communities, in line with national and local development priorities.

The program aims to show to what extent the integration of migration into development policies and other sectoral policies yields results on the ground that contribute directly to the achievement of the SDGs of the 2030 agenda, thus making the link between policy and practice.

Concrete initiatives, designed in a logic of scalability and ownership by governments, are deployed to achieve this and foster new opportunities for migrants and all members of the community through a strengthening of education sectors, employment, health and social security.

The 11 countries present have made significant progress to date in putting the governance of migration at the service of sustainable development, in particular through the creation of businesses in the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region or the improvement of employability. young people.

In the Oriental region, women and children, including migrants, had access to essential psychosocial and health services thanks to two new consultation centres.

Adopting a governmental and societal approach, the Global Agenda enables multi-stakeholder engagement that puts mobility at the heart of global goals.

The panel discussions cover a range of key topics that will expand global knowledge on the links between migration management and sustainable development, including how countries have integrated migration into their policies.

The exchanges also focus on good practices for ensuring programming and policy-making based on evidence, thanks to disaggregated migration data, and coordination between the different policies and services at national and local levels and in connection with the diaspora, migrant organizations and private sector actors.

The IOM-UNDP Global Program on Migration for Sustainable Development aims to harness the development benefits and reduce the negative effects of migration for host and origin communities, migrants and members of their families in order to support the achievement of the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda.

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