Twelfth GFMD Summit Meeting

Twelfth GFMD Summit Meeting
20-24 January 2020. Quito (Ecuador)

The Government of the Republic of Ecuador, in its capacity as 2019 Chair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), will be hosting the Twelfth GFMD Summit Meeting on 20-24 January 2020 in Quito, Ecuador, open to Member States and Observers of the United Nations, and other GFMD Observers. The Twelfth GFMD Summit will be the climax of the Ecuador GFMD Chairmanship.

The Twelfth GFMD Summit will be opened by High Level officials of the Government of the Republic of Ecuador. It is expected to be attended by Ministers and Vice Ministers from all regions of the world, and a broad range of policy-makers and practitioners in migration and development fields.

From the outset, a central focus of the GFMD 2019 Chairmanship has been continuing the global dialogue on migration in the changed policy landscape following the affirmation of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and Global Compact for Migration (GCM), the review of the implementation of migration-related commitments in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda through the High-level Political Forum, and the enhancement of the GFMD process through the follow up of the recommendations of the GFMD Ten-Year Review Report.

The Ecuadorian Chairmanship is focused on the central theme: “Sustainable approaches to human mobility: Upholding rights, strengthening state agency, and advancing development through partnerships and collective action.”

The substantive agenda of the Quito GFMD Summit focuses on three Roundtable (RT) themes, to be discussed in six RT sessions:

(1) Coordinated responses to mixed movements: Partnerships and collective action to protect rights
  • Roundtable 1.1: Providing regular pathways from crisis to safety
  • Roundtable 1.2: Facilitating social and economic inclusion

(2) Migration narratives and communication: What role, responsibility and resources do governments have?

  • Roundtable 2.1: Shaping public narratives on migration and migrants
  • Roundtable 2.2: Communicating effectively with migrants

(3) Addressing human mobility as part of urban and rural development strategies

  • Roundtable 3.1: Supporting arrival cities through policy coherence and multi-stakeholder partnerships
  • Roundtable 3.2: Harnessing migration for rural transformation and development

In line with the tradition of the GFMD, the three-day GFMD Summit program will include inaugural and closing ceremonies, as well as Roundtable discussions and special sessions on the GFMD Platform for Partnerships and the Future of the Forum open to Friends of the Forum. Additionally, this year, for the first time, the three multi-stakeholder mechanisms of the GFMD – the Civil Society Days, the Business Meeting and the Mayoral Forum – will be held in the same space and integrated into the overall program of the GFMD Summit. The ‘Common Space’ sessions will provide an opportunity for the multi-stakeholder representatives from all mechanisms to mingle and share ideas in unified shared events.

For more details, please refer to the Provisional Programme for 20-24 January 2020 and Logistics Note with practical information for participating delegations.

Registration for the Quito GFMD Summit will be coursed through the GFMD Support Unit in Geneva ([email protected]). For logistical considerations, all delegations are encouraged to complete online registration via until 29 November 2020.

The Ecuadorian GFMD Chair looks forward to welcoming your government / organization’s delegation to the Twelfth GFMD Summit.


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