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Press Release: 20 Aug 2018
The GFMD (Global Forum on Migration and Development) 2017-2018 Co-Chairs, Germany and Morocco, are convening a GFMD Dialogue on GCM Implementation on Tuesday, 4 September 2018 from 10h00 to 18h00 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. This dialogue follows a series of initiatives that began since Germany and Morocco assumed the GFMD Co-Chairmanship in 2017. It may be mention that Bangladesh was chair of 2016 GFMD held in Dhaka which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina. It is part of the effort of the GFMD to accompany the evolving GCM process and encourage Member States to develop their perspectives on the future of international cooperation on migration.
The September 4 Dialogue on the GCM implementation aims to achieve the following objectives:
The outcomes of this day-long dialogue will inform the Future of the Forum session to be held in Marrakesh on 7 December 2018.
The dialogue will be divided in two sessions. The opening session, titled, Setting the Scene – Implications of the Final GCM Draft for the GFMD, will be addressed by Mr. El Habib Nadir, GFMD Co-Chair Morocco, the Ambassador William Lacy Swing, IOM Director-General and by Co-Moderators Gibril Faal and Kathleen Newland.
The 1st session, titled, Building upon GFMD’s Modalities to contribute to the UN Capacity-Building Mechanism on Migration (Lessons learned and good practices), will have Mr. Gibril Faal, Director of GK Partners & Founding Director of ADEPT as Moderator. The Panelists will be, the Ambassador Eduard Gnesa (GFMD Review Team Co-Chair; Swiss GFMD Chair 2011), Mr. Omar Rabi, Morocco PM in New York, Mr. Mamadou Goita, Institute for Research and the Promotion of Alternatives in Development /PANDiMRMr (TBC), Mr. Chukwu Chikezie /Ms. Estrella Lajom (Platform for Partnerships) and Ms. Athanassia Ioannou and Mr. Bikash Chowdhury Barua (Migration Laboratory/BASUG).
The 2nd session, titled, Enhancing GFMD’s Institutional Linkages – with the UN and beyond– to support the implementation, as well as follow up and review of the GCM, will be presented by Ms. Kathleen Newland, Senior Fellow and Co-Founder, MPI as Moderator. The other Panelists will be the Ambassador Esteban Conejos Jr. (GFMD Review Team Co-Chair; Philippine GFMD Chair 2008), UAE / Sri Lanka, Abu Dhabi Dialogu, Mr. Stephane Jacquemet, Director of Policy, International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) and Mr. Roberto Suarez-Santos, IOE Acting Secretary General.
Mr. Gibril Faal and Ms. Kathleen Newland will be the Moderators of the closing session, titled, The Way Forward After Marrakesh – Prospects and Challenges. It will be addressed by the Ambassador Arturo Cabrera, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the UNOG, Ms. Eva Åkerman Börje, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the SRSG and GFMD 2013-2014 Chair, Ms. Michele Klein Solomon, Director, Global Compact for Migration, IOM and Mr. Lars Hartenstein, Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company.
For details program, please see below:
GFMD DIALOGUE ON THE GCM IMPLEMENTATION
10h00 – 10h45 Opening Session: Setting the Scene – Implications of the Final GCM Draft for the GFMD
10h45 – 13h00 Session I: Building upon GFMD’s Modalities to contribute to the UN Capacity-Building Mechanism on Migration (Lessons learned and good practices)
Moderator: Mr. Gibril Faal, Director of GK Partners & Founding Director of ADEPT
13h00 – 14h30 Cocktail Lunch to be hosted by the GFMD Co-Chairs, with the participation of IOM-DG and the SRSG.
14h30 – 14h45 Keynote by Mrs. Louise Arbour, the UNSG’s Special Representative for International Migration
14h45 – 16h45 Session II: Enhancing GFMD’s Institutional Linkages – with the UN and beyond– to support the implementation, as well as follow up and review of the GCM
Moderator: Ms. Kathleen Newland, Senior Fellow and Co-Founder, MPI
16h45 –17h00 Coffee break
17h00 – 17h45 Closing Session: The Way Forward After Marrakesh – Prospects and Challenges
Co-Moderators: Mr. Gibril Faal and Ms. Kathleen Newland
17h45 – 18h00 Closing Remarks by Ambassador Götz Schmidt-Bremme, GFMD Co-Chair Germany
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