UN Migration’s International Dialogue on Migration 2018 to Support Global Compact for Migration

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New York – The International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) – a forum for policy dialogue between migrants’ countries of origin, transit and destination – will be held in New York City next week, 26-27 March.

As Member States negotiate a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration (GCM) to be adopted at the end of 2018, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, will continue to support the GCM development process by dedicating two workshops of its International Dialogue on Migration to the topic of inclusive and innovative partnerships for effective global governance of migration.

The first workshop of the IDM will be held Monday through Tuesday at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York.

The IDM forum will also include representatives of civil society, migrants’ groups, experts and other stakeholders. It provides an informal and non-binding setting in which all stakeholders have an equal right to participate, fostering trust, openness and genuine exchange while addressing the full range of migration issues and their linkages with other policy domains.

IOM recognizes the paramount importance of cooperation and has been working in close partnership with all relevant stakeholders, including fellow UN agencies in all these areas. As a result, many cooperation frameworks and tools have been developed jointly with UN Agencies and other partners.

These tools are made available by IOM and partner agencies for the development and adoption of a global compact, and subsequently for the implementation and follow-up stages.

During the 2017 IDM, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing pointed out that international cooperation should involve all relevant actors: national and local governments; multiple ministries; civil society; the private sector, migrant and diaspora organizations; academia; the media; and others. In addition, the importance of partnerships in migration, at all levels, was a key takeaway from the GCM stocktaking meeting, held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in December 2017.

At this year’s IDM, discussions will explore different partnership models that exist in the field of migration and showcase their value by presenting some of the migration management tools developed through cooperation among different actors. Participants will have the opportunity to exchange good practices and experiences on successful and inclusive partnerships at local, national, regional and international levels, evaluate both achievements and challenges encountered, and consider what can be done to replicate and scale up such partnerships elsewhere.

A recent report of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Making Migration Work for All, states that “Managing migration is one of the most urgent and profound tests of international cooperation in our time.”

It is against this backdrop that the IDM will provide States, United Nations agencies and other partners an opportunity to demonstrate good partnership and coordination of efforts and discuss ways to improve collaboration. 

For more information on the agenda and meeting documents, please check the International Dialogue on Migration 2018 webpage: http://www.iom.int/inclusive-and-innovative-partnerships-effective-global-governance-migration

To watch the live webcast in the six UN official languages: http://webtv.un.org/

For more information, please contact Azzouz Samri, Governing Bodies Division, IOM International Cooperation and Partnerships, Email: asamri@iom.int


IOM Launches Two Migration Data Platforms in Spanish

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20 / 08 / 2019

Guatemala City – Today (20/08) in Guatemala City, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) presents two migration data platforms in Spanish. The first is the Regional Migration Information Platform (PRIMI, by its Spanish acronym), which will offer official migration data from the countries of Central America and the Caribbean. The second release is the Spanish version of the Global Migration Data Portal, managed from Germany by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC).

PRIMI, a platform financed by the IOM Development Fund, will make data on migration generated by the governments of the region and disaggregated by sex, age and nationality available to decision makers and the general public. PRIMI will offer data through visual representations (infographics, interactive maps, dynamic graphs, tables) and interactive databases, which will allow the crossing of variables to facilitate their analysis.

For the management of the migratory information that will be available in PRIMI, a regional network of officials from national migration directorates was formed. This network will allow the sharing of records of international entrances and exits, residences, returns and other administrative data, which will strengthen coordination and information flows between governments.

“PRIMI aims to consolidate the information produced by IOM tools and other data provided by governments to facilitate the comprehension of migratory flows in the region, as well as the design of migration programmes and policies,” said Gabriela Rodríguez, project coordinator. “We also hope to carry out continuous work to strengthen the capacities of national migration offices in the region,” she said.

IOM also launches the Global Migration Data Portal in Guatemala today, which will be available in Spanish for the first time since its launch in 2017. The Portal aims to serve as a single point of access to complete and timely migration statistics and reliable information on global migration data.

The site is designed to help policy makers, national statistics officers, journalists and the general public interested in the field of migration navigate the increasingly complex landscape of international migration data, currently dispersed in different organizations and agencies.

“Migration is a cross-cutting phenomenon that concerns each and every one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and most of the 169 goals of the 2030 Agenda,” said Susanne Melde, Senior Analyst with GMDAC. “Since the SDGs are a country-led process, the responsibility to measure progress towards the SDG targets lies with the national governments. The Portal is a tool to strengthen the capacities in migratory data and information to fulfil this responsibility.”

The launch event of these two platforms takes place today at 6:30 pm at the Hotel Clarion Suites Guatemala.

You can access the Global Migration Data Portal in Spanish at www.migrationdataportal.org/es , and PRIMI at www.primi.iom.int

For more information please contact Gabriela Rodríguez at the IOM Regional Office for Central and North America and the Caribbean, Email: grodriguez@iom.int, or Susanne Melde at IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, Email: smelde@iom.int