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Innovative proposals to enhance migration for development

Time (GMT +00) 15:30 17:15
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Marta Foresti @martaforesti – Director of the Human Mobility Initiative and Principal Research Fellow, ODI


Laura Thompson @LThompsonC – Deputy Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Pierre Heilbronn @HeilbronnPierre – Vice President, Policy and Partnerships, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Dilip Ratha @DilipRatha – Manager, Migration and Remittances Unit and Head, KNOMAD, Global Indicators Group, World Bank

Michael Clemens @m_clem – Co-Director of Migration, Displacement and Humanitarian Policy and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development (CGD)

Member States

Deirdre Kent – Director General, International Assistance Policy, Global Affairs Canada

Paul Whittingham – Head of Department, Migration and Modern Slavery Department, Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom

Jennifer Alvarez – Coordinator, Department of Policies for Immigrants and Promotion of Decent Work, Municipal Secretariat of Human Rights and Citizenship, Municipality of São Paulo

Evan P. Garcia – Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva

Morocco TBC


On 10 December, Member States will meet in Marrakesh, Morocco, to formally adopt the Global Compact for Migration (GCM). This high-level side event, held the day before the Intergovernmental Conference begins, focuses on how better migration governance can bring about shared, sustainable development outcomes. It draws forth concrete, pragmatic proposals and initatives to implement the GCM's objectives in ways that can foster development and prosperity. In particular we look at new collaborations, such as with the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance, and innovations, such as the Global Skills Partnership.

This event, co-organised with the Center for Global Development (CGD), the London School of Economics' Institute of Global Affairs (LSE IGA) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), features an expert panel who all have key roles to play in realising the developmental potential of migration. We hope that the discussion will equip Member States and other key actors with innovative ideas and tools needed to ensure migration and development positively interact with each other in the decades to come.

This event is open to those registered for the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and/or the Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration.