GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship
GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship
"Honouring International Commitments to Unlock the Potential of All Migrants for Development”

Germany and Morocco have assumed the co-chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2018.

During this two-year period, the focus is on the contribution of the GFMD to the United Nations’ Global Compact for Migration. The Compact is intended to constitute a strong signal of the international community for an enhanced global migration policy, to be adopted by the community of states on 10-11 December 2018 in Marrakesh, Morocco.


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of the 2017-2018 GFMD Co-Chairs

10th GFMD Summit Berlin

28-30 June, Berlin—The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) held the Tenth Summit Meeting at the German Federal Foreign Office under the 2017-2018 Co-Chairmanship of Germany and Morocco. Under the overarching theme: "Towards a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development,” the summit gathered around 650 participants, comprised of policymakers and practitioners from 140 states, as well as international organizations, the civil society and the private sector.



GFMD and the United Nations

Ms. Louise Arbour

GFMD and the SRSG

Ms. Louise Arbour

Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for International Migration

GFMD and the Global Compact
for Migration (GCM)


  • As a member of Troika of the GFMD, Bangladesh will play its part in ensuring that the GFMD is used as a platform for pushing the boundaries of what is possible and generating consensus around ambitious outcomes for the GCM.

    Ambassador Ahsan, GFMD 2016 Chair
  • It has been a meeting that has allowed us to listen as Co-Chairs of GFMD, this new role that we have, to prepare the contribution of GFMD to GCM.

    El Habib Nadir, Co-Chair Morocco
  • The ad hoc Working Group on SDGs and GCM maintain an open dialogue with other member states in order to formulate GFMD recommendations and ensure an inclusive and transparent process.

  • Thanks to the trust built by the GFMD, we now have a UN compact.

  • We hope that participating members will seize this opportunity, notably here in Geneva, to translate GFMD outcomes into global compact commitments, as you did for the 2013 HLD and the New York Declarations.

    Francois Fouinat, Senior Advisor to the UN SRSG Peter Sutherland
  • GFMD could synthesize its wealth of knowledge in a coherent way for submission to the stock-taking exercise in order to substantiate discussions. This work could be led by the ad hoc WG on 2030 Agenda and GCM.

    Pietro Mona, Co-facilitator Switzerland
GFMD and the 2030 Agenda
for Sustainable Development
GFMD Reflection on Migration-related SDGs in the Agenda 2030
GFMD 2019 Chairmanship


Mr. Santiago Javier Chavez Pareja, Vice Minister for Human Mobility of Ecuador, designated Chair of the GFMD 2019, received a symbolic plaque from the outgoing German and Moroccan GFMD 2017-2018 Co-Chairs at the closing session of the Eleventh GFMD Summit in Marrakesh, 7 December 2018.

In his speech, Mr. Chavez Pareja vowed to work closely with Germany and Morocco towards achieving a vision for the GFMD to facilitate discussions on the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration, and to maintain its structure as a broad, informal and flexible space for the establishment of strategic partnerships and generating consensus. Such structure, he articulated, would allow for a comprehensive consideration of all aspects and challenges posed by human mobility, including its humanitarian, development and human rights dimensions.

He enjoined the GFMD community to support the GFMD Chairmanship of Ecuador in 2019.


GFMD & Regional Consultative Processes


M & D Quips and Clips

M&D Quips and Clips

  • Considerations towards a global compact on migration

    "We should understand the New York Declaration within the framework of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) that took place in Bangladesh this past December.The language used to introduce this summit demonstrated the current  relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s Agenda 2030, and the need to apply them in a transformative way in the field of migration."

    Ambassador Arturo Cabrera Hidalgo, Ecuador, UN Special
  • The role of the GFMD as a think tank and discussion ground should be maintained in future deliberations in Global Compact on Migration.

    Russian Federation
  • GFMD Dialogue on the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration

    “The GFMD could generate a space for thematic dialogues that could contribute to furthering debate, reaching a common understanding and sharing best practices.”

    Pietro Mona, Switzerland
  • Russian MIA representative took part in UN Global Forum on Migration and Development

    "The participants in the roundtable shared unique experience and spoke about the possibility how to recruit migrant workers while lowering costs of their stay in territories of the states."

    NewsKitchen Publisher
  • Qatar participates in migration forum

    "The forum discussed the cooperation for safe and legal migration in addition to supporting procedures for fair overseas employment and insuring decent work environment."

    The Peninsula Qatar
  • OIC participates in Dhaka Global Forum on Migration and Development

    "This annual forum of discussion on the link between migration and development is an open space of exchange on migration’s positive dynamics and challenges over the years and its influence on our societies."

  • Global Community urged to address migrant issue

    "The business-government-civil society dialogue was one of the important events of the meeting."

    Gulf Times
  • Germany and Morocco prepare to assume co chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development for 2017 and 2018

    "The motto of the GFMD will be "Towards a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development". In particular, the balance of interests between migrants and their countries of origin, transit states and destinations will be addressed within the framework of regular and orderly migration.

    EIN News
  • ‘GFMD ends in Dhaka, Germany and Morocco co-chairs next year’

    "The Compact is intended to herald a strong signal from the international community for an enhanced global migration policy to be adopted by the community of states in 2018."
  • Global Governance of Migration

    "Migration worldwide needs to be regulated not only for the sake of equal and fair treatment of immigrants but also to serve humankind effectively."

    The Independent
  • Migration needs to be ‘governed globally’

    "It (migration) cannot be politicised and securitised. It has to be dealt as a geopolitical issue."

    The Independent
  • Bangladesh leads on migration discussions

    "Participants came together to better understand the root causes of migration, share best practices, forge partnerships, and discuss ways to solve thorny problems."

    Anne C. Richard, US Assistant Secretary of State for Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
  • 130 Nations agree on safe migration

    "Delegates also stressed the need for opening legal channels for migration for all categories of people -- skilled or low-skilled -- and effective border management to combat people smuggling or human trafficking."

    The Daily Star
  • ‘GFMD summit ends with agreement on governance of migration’

    "Bangladesh pressed home the idea of designing a global compact on migration that would ensure the rights of emigrants. Most of the countries present were in favor of an international law on the issue while some countries wanting a convention on it."

    Dhaka Tribune
  • What does the Global Forum on Migration and Development do?

    "This forum was thus only one step in long reflection that should lead to a common and consultative global migration policy. Like trade or climate change, migration is transnational…A multi-nation forum may or may not be the best frame or solution. But it is a sufficient and necessary step for making progress on the issues. The Global Forum must be seen as more than an obscure meeting,"

    Antoine Pécoud, Université Paris 13 - USPC
  • Global Forum on Migration and Development wraps up in Bangladesh

    "The Dhaka meeting brought together policy makers, UN agencies and civil society to discuss cooperation in global, social and labour market governance and issues such as gender, ethical recruitment, reducing migration costs, diversity and protection of migrants."


The Global Compact on Migration and GFMD

Amb. Eduard Gnesa, Switzerland
Interview of Kathleen Newland, Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute
Dr. Kathleen Newland, MPI

Eleventh GFMD Summit Marrakesh

The Eleventh Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) will be held in Marrakesh from 5-7 December 2018.

It is open to all States Members and Observers of the United Nations, and other GFMD Observers.

Seventh GFMD Preparatory Meetings

Seventh GFMD Preparatory Meetings
3 September 2018, Palais des Nations

GFMD Dialogue on GCM Implementation
4 September 2018, Palais des Nations

Seventh GFMD Preparatory Meetings

3rd GFMD 2018 Roundtable Team Consultations
5 September 2018, Palais des Nations

Platform For Partnerships (PFP)

Platform For Partnerships (PFP)

The PfP features government policies and programs (M&D Practices) that have been inspired by GFMD discussions and recommendations.


Evidence Base