The State-led GFMD29  has, from the outset, offered a focus and reference point for the actions of the GMG, mostly by engaging individual GMG members in thematic preparatory and follow-up work on its round tables and/or promoting partnerships on policy- and process-related issues through its Civil Society Days, Common Space panels and Platform for Partnerships. The GFMD has also challenged the capacity of the GMG to respond to migration and development issues as a group.

From the earliest days of the GFMD, the GMG has consistently drawn the attention of respective GFMD Chairs to the human rights and social policy dimensions of migration. GMG collaboration with the GFMD has highlighted a rights-based and gender-sensitive approach to human development gains for migrants (especially the most vulnerable, including children, adolescents, the youth and women). The Forum has helped move the issues of irregular migration, migrant workers in the informal economy, and human and labour rights further to the fore of GFMD round tables and working groups. These, however, have mostly been the efforts of individual or small coalitions of GMG agencies.

Many of the agencies contributing to the Recommendations and Outcomes paper prepared for the CEB have reflected their support for the GFMD in the chapters of this book. Nonetheless, the debate continues about whether and how the GMG as a group should provide substantive and other forms of support to the GFMD. Initial expectations by GFMD Chairs and the SRSG that the Group would serve as a resource for the GFMD may have challenged the GMG to shape its own agenda and collective role more coherently.

  • 29   The official website of the Global Forum on Migration and Development is www.gfmd.org.