CEB, at its first regular session of 2012, requested UNFPA and the International Organization of Migration (IOM) to prepare, in collaboration with the Global Migration Group (GMG), a set of draft proposed recommendations and outcomes on migration in preparation for the 2013 High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) to be held on 3 – 4 October 2013 for the Board’s approval at its first regular session of 2013. UN-DESA was supporting UNFPA and IOM in the preparations. Ambassador William Swing, Director General of IOM, provided an overview of the preparation process and highlighted gaps and challenges in leveraging migration for development, as identified in the paper before HLCP. The paper had been prepared on the basis of an extensive consultation process which also included the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, and the NGO Committee on Migration.
HLCP warmly welcomed the recommendations and outcomes contained in the paper and thanked IOM and UNFPA for their leadership in guiding the process to a successful conclusion. Members supported the human rights and human development-centred approach reflected in the paper and the notion of migrants as positive agents for development and change. Members also emphasized the link of urbanization and human mobility, the issue of climate change and environmental degradation, rural migration and its impact on agriculture and food security, intra- and inter-regional migration, protection of vulnerable groups and populations, including children, the feminization of migration and the human rights of migrants.
HLCP recognized the important work undertaken by the GMG in advocating on migrant issues and noted the ongoing process of strengthening the group’s work. Many HLCP members were of the view that the Committee had a continuing role to play in keeping migration issues at the forefront of system-wide consideration. A more effective link between GMG and HLCP was seen as beneficial and productive to drawing attention to migrant issues. The outcome of the HLD might provide further guidance on UN system-wide support regarding those issues.
The Committee, taking into account the comments made, recommended for endorsement by CEB the set of proposed recommendations and outcomes for the 2013 High-level Dialogue on International Migration (Annex IV). It also agreed to bring the recommendations and outcomes to the attention of Member States and the wider UN system by integrating them in the 2013 Report of the Secretary-General on international migration and development, and asked IOM and UNFPA to continue to facilitate system-wide input in the lead up to the HLD in collaboration with the GMG. HLCP also welcomed the proposal to develop a joint publication based on the fuller contributions by the organizations and entities as a valuable input to the HLD, and thanked IOM and UNFPA for their continued leadership in this regard.