February 2013

Preparations for the Global Thematic Consultation on Population Dynamics:

  1. On 22 January, the governments of Switzerland and Bangladesh co-chaired a briefing for UN member states on the latest progress in the Global Thematic Consultation on Population Dynamics. Presentations were delivered on:
    • An overview of the Post-2015 process and the population dynamics consultation (UNDP)
    • Demographic trends, including population growth, ageing, urbanization and international migration (UNDESA)
    • The outcomes of the Expert Group Meeting held in November 2012 (UNFPA).

    IOM assisted with the preparations for this event, and contributed to the discussions during. IOM’s interventions focused on the possibilities for creating partnerships between sending and receiving countries to address economic and social differences, including through migration. A second informal briefing will also be held for UN Member States in Geneva on 22 February.

  1. The final outcome document from the November 2012 Expert Group Meeting on Population Dynamics  is now available. This report will form the basis of the outcome document for the entire Population Dynamics Consultation. It will be augmented with the results of the Private Sector and Civil Society Consultations, and by that of the ongoing online consultations. The report highlights three key recommendations:
    • Population projections and data should be used to formulate forward-looking development goals, sustainable development strategies and gender responsive policies and programmes.
    • While policies that influence population dynamics are important, any such policies should not be motivated by demographic targets, quotas or coercion, but by rights based criteria such as non-discrimination and full portability of acquired social rights and benefits.
    • Human development should be promoted throughout peoples’ life course, reflecting the impact of changing population dynamics.
  1. On 23 January, a Private Sector Consultation on Population Dynamics was convened in New York. Staff from IOM Geneva and New York participated in the event, which was attended by a small number of private sector representatives and UN agencies. The results of this meeting will be consolidated with the material produced by the Expert Group Meeting, and will form part of the final outcome document of the Population Dynamics Consultation.
  1. Preparations for the 18-19 February Civil Society Consultation are now at an advanced stage. IOM colleagues in Geneva have been working closely with Swiss Government counterparts on both the form and content of the consultation, including on logistical arrangements, concept papers and the agenda.
  1. The IOM facilitated online discussion on migration and human mobility has now commenced. The discussion can be accessed at http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/301913.
  1. The High-level Leadership Meeting on Population Dynamics has now been confirmed for 11-12 March 2013 in Dhaka. IOM will play a central role in organizing this meeting and, with colleagues from UNFPA, is assisting with preparations for the event. A Mission level Task Team has been convened by IOM staff in Bangladesh to organize the event, bringing together staff from various units including logistics, operations, finance, admin and IT.

UNTT Technical Support Team:

  1. The General Assembly has now adopted a decision establishing the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. As a next step, the President of the General Assembly intends to convene in early February an informal consultation on the OWG, in order to pave the way for the Group to commence its work.

UNTT Monitoring and Indicators Working Group:

  1. The UNTT working group on monitoring and indicators has commenced its work. This WG will develop recommendations on how the priorities identified in the UNTT Report on post-2015 (Realizing the Future We Want for All), including cross-cutting issues such as population dynamics and inequalities, might be captured in a monitoring framework. IOM is contributing to think pieces for this WG on: options for designing targets and indicators, national data and statistical capacities and cross cutting issues.

National and regional consultations:

  1. In the MENA region, IOM is participating in national P2015 consultations in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan and Jordan. National consultations are still in the planning stage, with some progress in Egypt and Jordan. Progress has been slower in the other target countries. RO Cairo continues to coordinate IOM’s participation in the national consultations within these countries. IOM, together with ESCWA and the Arab League, is also organizing a “Regional Consultation Process on International Migration and Development in the Arab Region”, which will be held in Cairo in on 12-14 March 2013. This meeting is being held within the framework of the 2013 HLD, but will also contribute towards P2015 consultations.

Other events:

  1. On the 24th of January, IOM, UNDESA and UNFPA hosted the second of five roundtable discussions in the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development Roundtable Series. This particular event, which was attended by some 180 delegates, addressed two themes: the effects of international migration on sustainable development; and identifying relevant priorities in view of the preparation of the Post-2015 Development Framework. A report on the outcomes of the event will be produced by Khalid Koser, Deputy Director and Academic Dean, Geneva Center for Security Policy and will be available shortly.
  1. Also on the 24th of January, the World Bank hosted an event on migration and the post-2015 development agenda. The event introduced the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) program, a knowledge sharing platform designed to address information and knowledge gaps in many areas of migration and development.