September 2013

Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Between the 17th and 19th of June, the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals convened its fourth meeting to discuss employment and decent work; social protection; youth; education and culture; health and population dynamics (including migration). This meeting was the first and only time that the OWG will consider migration as a substantive issue. It will also be the last meeting until November 2013, when the OWG resumes after the northern summer period. During the event, UNFPA’s Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, introduced a paper on population dynamics, which was co-authored by IOM, UNFPA, UN DESA and UN Habitat.
  • The OWG produced some useful discussions on migration, with a number of relevant themes being addressed, including:
    • Promoting and protecting migrant rights;
    • Combating discrimination and reducing inequality;
    • Promoting migration as a catalyst of development, and recognizing migrants as development actors;
    • Reducing the structural barriers to mobility;
    • Addressing the root causes of migration and reducing brain drain;
    • Considering the implications of climate change for migration."
  • In addition to its work on the population dynamics issues brief leading up to the event, IOM will also contribute a concise, one page document for inclusion in the interim report of the OWG co-chairs, which will be presented to the GA during its High-level event on the MDGs on 25 September. The sixth session of the OWG, to be convened in December, will offer a further opportunity for IOM to input to the process of establishing goals, targets and indicators for the Post-2015 agenda. That meeting will consider means of implementation, including global partnerships. This is a key means through which IOM is advocating for migration to be included.

Side event on Migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda:

  • On 18 June 2013, IOM, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh, organized a side event to the 4th session of the Open Working Group on sustainable development goals, focusing on Migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The outcomes of this event were provided to the OWG Secretariat for inclusion in the co-chair’s summary. The summary of the side event is available here.

High-level event on the MDGs:

  • In the lead up to the High-level event on the MDGs on 25 September, the UN Task Team is coordinating system-wide inputs to the report of the Secretary-General, which will be released during that event. While focused predominantly on progress achieved in the MDGs and highlighting remaining gaps, the report will also include a section on how to advance the development agenda beyond 2015.  IOM has contributed inputs to this report, with the intention of incorporating text on migration into the P2015 section. The report is expected to be finalized by mid-July before its release in early September.

Population Dynamics Group Retreat:

  • Over the 26th and 27th of June, ILO is hosting a population dynamics retreat to identify goals, targets and indicators on population ageing, population growth and the youth bulge, migration and urbanization. This retreat is a follow-up to a previous event hosted by UNFPA in New York. IOM staff from HQ are participating in the retreat, which is being held in Geneva. These meetings are part of the group’s  continued efforts to build on and promote the outcomes of the Global Thematic Consultation on Population Dynamics, which formally concluded in March.

IOM publication on Post-2015:

  • In September this year, IOM will release a new publication titled Migration and the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda.  It gathers together recent research findings outlining the links between migration and development and proposing how migration can best be factored into the future development framework, offering a timely contribution to the argument for migration’s inclusion in the coming development agenda. The publication includes contributions from IOM staff, as well as from the Overseas Development Institute, the German Development Institute and the University of California. A flyer regarding the publication is available here.