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Global Migration Group handbook on migration and development data:

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and IOM presented a draft Global Migration Group (GMG) handbook on migration and development data at the annual meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Istanbul in October 2015. The handbook is scheduled for publication in late 2016 with support from the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD). The handbook is scheduled to be released before the 2016 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Global Migration Group Guidance Note on Integrating Migration and Displacement in United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs):

The Guidance Note introduces UN Country Teams and government partners to the topic of how migration and displacement can be integrated into the UNDAF process. The guidance note is the outcome of an extensive consultative process involving all GMG agencies and working groups, UN Development Operations Coordination Office, and Civil Society Organizations. The guidance note also includes lessons learned from the global joint programme to mainstream migration into national development strategies, which has been implemented since 2011 by UNDP and IOM and which currently engages eight countries, namely Bangladesh, Ecuador, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Morocco, Serbia and Tunisia.

Global Meeting of Chairs and Secretariats of Regional Consultative Processes on Migration:

The 6th Global Meeting of Chairs and Secretariats of Regional Consultative Processes on Migration took place on October 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland under the theme of “Migration and the Sustainable Development Goals: the Role of Inter-state Consultation Mechanisms on Migration & of Regional Economic Organizations”. The meeting brought together representatives of 19 Inter-State Consultation Mechanisms on migration, Regional Consultative Processes on migration (RCPs), Inter-regional Forums on migration and global dialogues on migration as well as the representatives of regional economic organizations and the UN Regional Economic Commissions. The meeting sought to identify potential regional partnerships with other non-traditional actors on migration for synergies that would help ensure the attainment of the SDGs related to migration. The outcome document of the Meeting recommends a way forward for the RCPs to support the attainment of the migration-related SDGs.

Migration Governance Framework (MiGOF):

The Migration Governance Framework (MiGOF) is the first and so far only internationally agreed document outlining how migration is best governed in a coherent and comprehensive manner (C/106/RES/1310). The framework seeks to present a consolidated and comprehensive set of principles and objectives which, if respected and fulfilled, would ensure that migration is humane, orderly, and benefits migrants and society. MiGOF which was endorsed by the UN Statistical Commission acts as the reference point for tracking progress on SDG target indicator 10.7.2 on “well-managed migration policies”. This indicator, which was developed by the IOM and the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators, provides a sense of direction for the development of migration policy at the global level.  A pivotal step in developing evidence based migration policies; 10.7.2 intends to track government’s progress in their adoption of well managed migration policies. ()

MiGOF’s three principles and three objectives cover migrant rights; institutional capacity; international partnerships; socioeconomic elements of migration; crises-related migration; and, safe orderly and dignified migration. The framework presents an ideal of migration governance to which States can aspire. MiGOF proposes to set out the necessary conditions for well-managed migration.

The three principles are:

  1. Adherence to international standards and fulfillment of migrants’ rights;
  2. Migration and related policies are best formulated using evidence and “whole-of-government” approaches;
  3. Engages with partners to address migration and related issues.

And the three objectives:

  1. Advance the socio-economic well-being of migrants and society;
  2. Effectively address the mobility dimensions of crises;
  3. Ensure that migration takes place in a safe, orderly and dignified manner.