Background

The High-level Committee on Programmes, through its Chair, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, submitted to the Board the Committee’s recommendation that it develop, in consultations with the Global Migration Group and IOM, a set of outcomes and actions on the matter of international migration and development, in response to the request of the General Assembly for a comprehensive UN system-wide preparation of the 2013 General Assembly High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development.

Discussion

The discussions identified a number of issues, including assessing the lessons learned since the 2006 General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in responding to the opportunities and challenges of international migration, and in building collaboration and partnerships.

Mr. Steiner noted that subsequently, on 12 April 2012, the Global Migration Group had held a meeting that looked into this issue. Given the views expressed, he had consulted further with executive heads on the best way forward for the United Nations system. On that basis, he suggested that CEB might wish to welcome the recommendation of the High-level Committee on Programmes that UNFPA and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) be invited to prepare, in collaboration with the Global Migration Group, a set of draft outcomes and recommendations on migration in preparation for the 2013 High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development. CEB might also wish to propose that UNFPA and IOM, in collaboration with the Group, complete its analysis by the end of 2012, in order to allow the Committee time to provide for system-wide consultation in preparation for the CEB session to be held during the second quarter of 2013.

Action

The Board welcomed the Committee’s recommendation that UNFPA and IOM be invited to prepare, in collaboration with the Global Migration Group, a set of draft outcomes and recommendations on migration in preparation for the 2013 High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development. It proposed that UNFPA and IOM, in collaboration with the Global Migration Group, complete its analysis by January 2013, enabling the High-level Committee on Programmes to provide for system-wide consultation in preparation for the CEB session in the second quarter of 2013.