CEB, at its first regular session of 2013, endorsed a set of outcomes and recommendations prepared by HLCP, under the leadership of IOM and UNFPA, that was shared with Member States in advance of the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (3-4 October 2013). A special event was held on 27 September 2013 to launch the joint CEB publication, International Migration and Development: Contributions and Recommendations of the International System.
In the ensuing discussion, the Committee expressed appreciation for the work of DESA, UNFPA and IOM on international migration and development. Members concurred that the Declaration was a landmark achievement, demonstrating that the United Nations, as a convening forum, was relevant in advancing the migration agenda. The outcome identified a clear set of priorities that were germane to the entire United Nations system.
Several members indicated the efforts their organizations had made s in recent years to integrate migration in their work and committed to continue to cooperate on the issue to further both policy and operational coherence. Speakers stressed, in particular, the need to build capacity of governments, including local authorities; to strengthen the rights-based approach to migration; and to increase focus on the most vulnerable groups of migrants, including children born to migrants or “left behind” in countries of origin. With respect to the post-2015 development agenda, a number of members lent their support to the views of the presenters that migration must feature more prominently. It was also observed that there was now an opportunity to use the development of new United Nation Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) to mainstream migration in United Nations system activities at the country level.
It was concluded that the Committee and CEB should keep the implementation of the outcome of the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development under review. To this end, CEB may wish to request the GMG to formulate a synthesis of follow-up action to be taken by the United Nations system, to be presented to the HLCP at its 27th session, and for the Board’s consideration at its first regular session of 2014.