The Global Meeting on Migration and Development, brought together key stakeholders from governments, civil society, international organisations and research working in the area of international cooperation as well as migration and development (M&D) in various regional and national contexts. At the centre of the discussions was the Agenda 2030 and implications for its implementation from a migration and development perspective, considering a number of sustainable development goals. The overall goal was to exchange on practices and perspectives, establish common ground, and strengthen a global network engaged for a pragmatic and result-oriented implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The workshop was articulated along the four main thematic clusters including a) the current status of the Agenda 2030, b) forced displacement and development in the context of the Agenda 2030 and its implementation, c) migration as a transversal topic within SDG goal 5 on Gender, goal 3 on Health and goal 8 on Decent Work, and d) the implementation and contextualisation of the Agenda 2030 at national level and implications for the different stakeholders. Interested to read more about these discussions? For more details please download the full report (PDF).
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by Barbara Weyermann (27.05.2016)
Representatives from the
governments of Nigeria, Bangladesh and Serbia talked about their plans
for addressing the SDGs related to migration. They have chosen different
approaches but all government plans were elaborate and coherent and
certainly a big step forward to what existed even a year or two ago. All
panelists mentioned how important it was to integrate the perspective
of migrants when developing strategies to better protect and empower
migrants. However when asked about the political drivers for taking
migration seriously, pressure by governments of countries of destination
and/or the relevance of remittances seemed to overshadow all other
considerations. The questions by representatives of civil society from
the floor pointed to the gaps between government plans and stated
intentions and the experienced reality on the ground. SDC which promotes
the role of civil society in the migration dialogue at all levels could
ensure that in a forum like this the panels better reflect the dialogue
between governments and civil society. A concrete suggestion for
involving civil society stronger was made during the subsequent group
discussion of participants from South Asia: civil society should be
participating in the technical working group related to the 2030 agenda
in preparation of the GFMD.
discussion brought out clearly the confusion as to how the 2030 agenda
will be taken forward at every level. In our group we spent most of the
time trying to understand who will have to do what in terms of defining
The conference participants
can be divided into two groups, the ones who were involved in the SDG
deliberations and those who were not. For the second group to which I
belong the conference was educative and provided a first glimpse into
the vision that the SDGs represent and the mammoth task that lies ahead.
Now, GPMD may want to engage with “the field” as they kept calling all
of us who do not represent the global north, to build capacity in
translating the vision into action at our respective local level. I look
forward to this process and hope to be able to report back at our next
meeting what we have achieved.
How as a community of practionners dealing on a daily basis with
migration and development can we change mindsets? What should be our
That is the main question that drives my thoughts during the
Migration and Development Global Meeting 2016. It was clear through the
discussions that the insertion of migration into the global
developmental agenda is indeed a step forward. Still, how to make that
works at global and local levels?
To undergo the challenges that the political debate internationally
brings, there is a crucial need to engage more with politicians to
bridge the knowledge gap on the opportunities that Sustainable
Development Goals can bring into the migration debate.
Changing politicians mindsets at global and local levels is key to
elevate the debate on migration from fearing “they migrants” to building
a common understanding on “we all together” sharing responsibilities.
To do so, it is crucial to continue enshrine migration and
development within a human-rights based approach and to put more efforts
to improve data and evidences on the opportunities that migration
offers for development.
Finally, François Crépeau, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights
of migrants, inspired my thoughts as he suggested changing the
discourse from “migration” to “mobility”. Indeed, at the end of the
meeting, I believe that our role as a community of practionners should
be to devote all our efforts to provide concrete evidences that human
mobility is an opportunity as such that should be available for all of
us and should be fully achievable in decent conditions.
by Vani Saraswathi (26.05.2016)
During the second day of the global meeting, we took part in multiple
conversations, in the format of talk shows and world cafe, to discuss
the interaction of migration with development objectives on Health,
Gender and Decent work. Below a reflection from Vani Saraswathi
specifically on the aspect of gender as a transversal theme.
Whom are we speaking to? Whom are we speaking for? Who are WE?
The most vulnerable continue to be excluded from discussions that
directly affect their well being and security. As a South Asian migrant
woman, my understanding and sensitivity is still limited by my
Today’s discussions on gender, health and decent work, as interesting as
it was, seemed to be abstract. The discussions presumed to understand
the issues facing women. The expertise on the table still will be
outweighed by the lived experiences of the women for whom we seek to
These are women who leave home and family to become the breadwinner.
Women who are left behind with a home, aged and young family in need of
care. Women from traditionally patriarchal societies and political
systems who have to swap gender rules, and yet subvert their own agency
to be able to fit a pre-determined stereotype.
How do we, with the privileges our education and work, understand their lives and decisions?
Even in countries in West Asia, domestic workers who have managed to
form associations still have to do so under the auspices of a
male-controlled trade union movement.
At the end of the talk show and world cafe, I wonder if this set up is
the problem? Have we, in the smugness of our expertise, forgotten that
thesis and research can only ride on the back of strong grassroots
We have seen in South Asia that the most successful sexual and
reproductive health programmes were those that used women from the
community as peer educators. It was not the state-of-the-art health
facilities that clicked, but the empathetic understanding of a community
Similarly, some of the successful financial literacy programmes in Nepal
involve returning migrants. It’s not from a banker in a conventional
When we look at the 17 SDGs that cross cut issues of migration and
development, it would be interesting to see who tailors the agenda to
reach the goals and connected targets. Whose goals are these? How do you
make citizens take ownership for these goals? What if these
(commendable) goals get lost in the jargon of bureaucracy and political
As a CSO and media representative, I know that in this day of too much
information the messenger is as important as the message – and the
resolver is as important as the resolution.
by Owen Shumba (25.05.2016)
The headline today is that all migrants are not the same, whether
economic migrants or forcibly displaced people: they have rights;
aspirations, and many more. Today, we have over 60 million forcibly
displaced people; with about 40 million IDPs and the rest refugees. This
is the largest displacement level since World War II. Many people have
said the length of displacement is on average 17 years; although the
average number might be low, many men and women are growing up in
displacement with many of these in urban areas – according to World Bank
these are about 61%. It is noteworthy that the problem of IDPs and
refugees is localized – with few key countries being the source of huge
number of refugees and IDPs and few hosting the largest numbers, for
example Turkey, Lebanon, Pakistan, etc.
So what should the international community including national and local actors do to address this situation?
First, we should all work for close collaboration between
humanitarian and development actors, including sharing our analysis, and
planning together where possible.
The issue of data is a new frontier. But if we need to set up
realistic targets, develop and implement realist policies and
interventions we need to strengthen the collection of data for refugees
Second, we should strengthen our support to governments to integrate
the needs of Internally Displaced Persons, refugees, and host
communities into national development plans, strategies, and United
Nations Development Assistance Frameworks, as UNDP and UNHCR, for
instance, have done in support of the Governments of Jordan and Lebanon
to strengthen the national response to the Syrian refugee crisis.
Clearly, a resilience based development approach that focuses on
strengthening coping strategies, supporting recovery, and sustainability
of development gains need to be vigorously pursued in such contexts.
Third, we need an integrated approach that recognizes the plight of
host communities and work with them to build resilience, and to
sustainably host refugees and IDPs, and do more to support mitigation of
policies that affect jobs and livelihoods;
But how does forced displacement end: It ends with a new migration,
local integration – at least de facto, self-reliance of refugees and /or
IDPs, resettlement, integration and support returnees and return
ADDRESSING FORCED MIGRATION
The Syria crisis is now well into its fifth year. Six and a half
million people are displaced inside Syria; and in Lebanon, 25 per cent
of the population consists of Syrian refugees; in Jordan, the figure is
around 20 per cent. Turkey is now host to more than 2 million Syrians
and Iraqis, and Iraq and Egypt too are also hosting significant numbers
of Syrians. For Iraq, this is in addition to 3.2 million internally
The London Conference promised funds for jobs, health and education.
But jobs are a top priority at the moment. The issue of migrants in
labour market is therefore an important one. In Jordan and Lebanon, a
number of agencies are undertaking studies on the contribution of
migrants to local and national economies. The major problem, though, is
that the studies are not coordinated especially in Jordan. But the issue
of data collection on labor market is crucial one, and one that needs
to be pursued, and information laid out for employment policy and
The London Conferences requested Jordan to open its labor market, and
create over 200,000 jobs, and not only jobs but decent jobs. Hence, to
fulfil this, the Jordanian Government sees the need for detailed labor
But it’s not the government that creates jobs; it is the private
sector that create jobs; Coming out of the London Conference donors are
keen to provide funding for innovative solutions that work for refugees,
IDPs and host communities. This means that closer collaboration is
required with the private sector, right now moving forward.
Beyond jobs, and livelihoods, addressing the root causes of
displacement and benefits of migration, are important areas to focus on.
The four key root causes that are driving the
increased levels of migration and displacement are insufficient
development gains, protracted conflicts and violent extremism,
governance challenges and the effects of climate change. The solutions to this forced displacement
crisis shadow the root causes that have led to the longer term
migration explosion – more effective and democratic governance, economic
opportunity, prevention and mitigation of the effects of environmental
degradation and climate change, conflict prevention, as well as building
back better after economic, social, environmental and political shocks.
UNDP and other agencies are working on these in countries such as
Jordan, Iraq, Djibouti, Sudan, etc.
But the focus of our interventions should never leave out host communities.
More needs to be done to contribute to ending the scourge of forced displacement. This include the following:
Above all we need to do more still on conflict prevention, support to
self-reliance, building a protective environment and integrate
protection features into operational response and remedial action, and
strengthening partnership at local and global levels.
by Stefan Bigler (25.05.2016)
Migration and the 2030 Agenda – It is a big chance for development that is accompanied by many challenges!
The first sessions of this global meeting have set the scene
impressively and the expectations are high for the coming days.
Migration and the Agenda 2030: What is the current status? How is
migration positioned in the Sustainable Development Goals? How can they
be implemented and what are the challenges actors are faced with in
doing so? These were some of the main issues that were brought up in the
It is recognized that the 2030 Agenda represents a paradigm shift in
the way that it reflects migration, and how the potential of migration
to contribute to development is acknowledged by the international
community. This represents an enormous chance for migrants, development
actors and governments, which is maybe only equaled by the size of the
challenge the implementation of the SDGs represents overall, and in
particular the commitment to “leave no one behind”. As one participant
said, in order to implement the 2030 Agenda “We need the hyperactivity
of the devoted”!
Some of the main points mentioned this morning, that will surely also
be discussed in more detail in the remainder of the three days included
that: First, we should look at migration in the SDGs not only where an
explicit link is made in a target. We rather need to look at all targets
that mention “for all”, because that includes also all migrants, independent of their status. Second, the universality
of the SDGs means that they have to be implemented in all countries
across the world, also in the North. That is particularly pertinent –
among other issues – when we look at migration and development and how
Europe and other countries deal with related challenges. Third, the solidarity crises
– as it was termed – that Europe goes through currently in relation to
migration and the political discourse accompanying it, needs to be
addressed by proactively and consistently highlighting the positive
aspects of migration, including the enormous importance of migration for
the economy and the resources that migrants bring. Forth, it is crucial
for development actors to do a reality check, acknowledging
the different realities at local, national and regional levels including
the priorities on governments’ agendas. Fifth, we also have to
recognize that many people do not want to migrate and that they should
have the opportunity to remain where they are, or in other terms that
migration should happen out of choice and not out of necessity.
The scene is set, now we need to define how we all want to contribute to implementing the 2030 Agenda, or even go beyond it!
SDG Migration References
Michael Gerber’s presentation “The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development: a global commitment”
Migration & Forced Displacement discussion note
Migration & Health discussion note
Migration & Gender discussion note
Migration & Decent Work discussion note
Bangladesh approach to implementing Agenda 2030
Migration and Development in Serbia
Migration and Development in Nigeria
Further information and resources
About the event
With the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development recognizing migration as an important factor for sustainable development, we have for the first time ever globally accepted and nationally applicable targets on migration and development. At the same time, we acknowledge that the agenda is a living document and in order to recognize and utilise its full potential, it will have to be constructively implemented and substantiated at national level with evolving practices and policies from the field. The current dynamics of global mobility in mixed migration contexts are in interaction with development objectives such as poverty reduction, sustainable economic growth, reducing inequalities, health, peaceful and inclusive societies or gender equality. States can neither effectively govern migration nor unlock its full human development benefits if not by acknowledging these interactions and integrating them in a coherent and comprehensive approach on migration and development.The Global Meeting on Migration and Development, hosted by the SDC Migration Network, brought together key stakeholders from governments, civil society, UN/international organizations and research organizations working in the area of international cooperation and migration and development in various regional and national contexts to exchange on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda to make most use of this paradigm shift.Global Meeting objectives:
While we stand at the beginning of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and its implementation, a number of experiences are recognized as successful practices for years. This Global Meeting will attempt to link what works by experience with what matters by conviction and evidence.More specifically, the Global Meeting seeks to exchange on the different approaches at national level, to establish common ground, to seek synergies and to strengthen a global network engaged for a pragmatic and results-oriented implementation of this agenda in contexts both marked by labour migration as well as forced migration.
Director of Tamkeen Fields for Aid- Jordan \ Regional Coordinator of
Arab Network for Migrants’ Rights ANMR. Linda is the founder and
Director of Tamkeen Fields for Aid: an NGO established in 2007 working
on protection rights of migrants and combating Human Trafficking. Her
work includes legal advocacy and legal aid to migrants and victims of
Human Trafficking. In J 2010, Linda was one of nine individuals awarded
in a 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes by the US Department of
State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. And in 2011
Tamkeen was selected as one of five rewarded of French republic Human
Rights Prize for its role in protecting the rights of female migrant
workers. Linda is the Founding Chairperson of the Arab Network for
Migrant Rights, established in 2013 to bring together and coordinate the
work of civil society organizations in the Middle-East.
Nilim Baruah has been working on migration issues since 1999 and
earlier in the development field. Before assuming his current
responsibilities as Senior Migration Specialist at the ILO
(International Labour Organization) Regional Office for Asia and the
Pacific in Bangkok in 2011, he was the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) of
ILO technical cooperation labour migration projects in Southeast Asia
(2010-11) and Eastern Europe/Central Asia (2007-2010). Earlier he headed
IOM’s (International Organization for Migration) Labour Migration
Division in Geneva from 2002-2007.
A lawyer and migrant, Mr. Bingham is Head of Policy for the
International Catholic Migration Commission. Since 2011, Mr. Bingham and
ICMC have coordinated civil society activities in the Global Forum on
Migration and Development, as well as supporting the President of the UN
General Assembly doing likewise for the UN High-Level Dialogue on
International Migration and Development in 2013. Before joining ICMC,
Mr. Bingham worked for 8 years for Catholic Charities in New York, 8
years with Cambodians in a refugee camp and following their return to
Cambodia, 8 years on Wall Street, where he was Vice President in the
legal department of an investment bank.
Full Professor and holds the Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in
Public International Law, at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. In
2011, he was appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human
Rights of Migrants. The focus of his current research includes migration
control mechanisms, the rights of foreigners, the conceptualization of
security as it applies to migrants, and the Rule of Law in the face of
globalization. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and
was a Fellow 2008-2011 of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.
Xavier Devictor is managing the Global Program on Forced Displacement
(GPFD) at the World Bank. Xavier Devictor, a French national, joined
the World Bank in 1996. Prior to joining the Fragility, Conflict and
Violence Group, he held various positions working on fragile situations
mainly in Africa, Europe and Central Asia, and the Middle East and North
Africa. His last position was Country manager for Poland and the Baltic
Countries. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Devictor worked in the
private sector in Central Europe and in UNHCR. He holds a Master’s
degree in Management and Economics from “Ecole Polytechnique” and a
Master’s degree in Management and Engineering from “Ecole Nationale des
Ponts et Chaussees”.
Yvonne Diallo-Sahli is the SDC Migration Network Focal Point and a
Programme Officer for the North Africa and Middle East region with the
Global Programme Migration and Development at SDC’s Headquarters in
Berne, Switzerland. Before assuming this responsibility in 2014 she
served for the UN World Food Programme in numerous assignments at the
organization’s Headquarters and in the Field, worked with the World
Economic Forum in Geneva and held a number of positions with Swiss NGOs
in the field of Migration. She holds a master degree in Cultural
Anthropology from the University of Berne.
Matthias Ehidiamhen Esene
Matthias Ehidiamhen Esene is a Nigerian born on 15th May, 1982 in
Benin City, Edo State. He obtained a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy from
the Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State, Nigeria in 2006 and a
Master’s of Science Degree in Humanitarian and Refugee Studies from the
Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria in
2011. Esene currently works at the Headquarters of the National
commission for Refugee, Migrants and IDPs, Abuja, as the Migration
Programme Officer. Esene is exceptionally inspiring and has a
quintessential sense of humour.
Ms. Bettina Etter is Programme Officer at the Global Programme on
Migration and Development of the Swiss Agency for Development and
Cooperation (SDC) based at the headquarters in Bern. Before assuming
this position in January 2015, she served at the Permanent Mission of
Switzerland to the United Nations in New York from 2012 until 2014 as
First Secretary and International Migration and Development Policy
Advisor in charge of coordinating Switzerland’s engagement in the second
UN High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development held
in October 2013. Prior to this position, she was a member of the task
force coordinating Switzerland’s chairmanship of the 2011 Global Forum
on Migration and Development. She holds a Master’s degree in
Intercultural Conflict Management from the Alice Salomon University of
Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany.
Gibril Faal is a co-founder and director of GK Partners – a UK-based
company that advises on socially responsible businesses models, social
enterprise, legal structures, responsible finance and business for
development. In 2013, he delivered a keynote address at the UN General
Assembly to open the High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development.
He co-chaired the 2014 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)
and co-moderated the 2015 GFMD Common Space. Gibril sat on the board of
DFID’s Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF) and the EC-UN Joint Migration
and Development Initiative (JMDI). For a decade, he served as chairman
of AFFORD – a charity that enhances the role of diaspora in development.
He is the founder of RemitAid™ and is currently the interim director of
the Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT). In 2004 he was
appointed a Justice of the Peace and part time magistrate and in 2014
was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to
Dominique Favre took over the position of Deputy Head of the Global
Cooperation Department of the Swiss Agency for Development and
Cooperation (SDC) following his role as Chief of Staff of the Regional
Cooperation Department of SDC. Prior to this, he was first Deputy and
then Head of the Swiss Contribution Office in Warsaw, deputy director of
the cooperation office of La Paz, Bolivia (from 2004), and worked in
several functions at SDC headquarters in Bern. Mr Favre joined the
Federal Department for Foreign Affairs in 2001. After studies, he worked
as a Stagiaire at the EU Commission in Brussels, and subsequently was
employed with the Federal Competition Commission in Bern. He holds a
Master of Law degree from the University of Fribourg. He is married and
has 3 children.
I am currently a Vocational Skills Development policy advisor in
support of Brigitte Colarte-Dürr, who is responsible for VSD in SDC’s
Employment and Income network (e+i). I am an economist with a Master’s
in Development Studies and started with SDC as an intern 20 years ago.
Swisscontact ensured my training for SDC in West Africa where I worked
in the regional program for apprenticeship development. I rejoined SDC
in 2003 in the multilateral department (focus on IMF and WB), then in
the Latin America division. After having received the diagnosis of
Parkinson’s disease, I could remain within SDC and joined the East Asia
division in charge of VSD and E+I issues. I am also mother of a 10 years
old daughter who has 4 nationalities. We live in Bern, but originally I
am an Italian from Geneva (i.e.a seconda). 😉 just so that you know my
‘migration’ background too…
Dr. Riff Fullan (Team Leader, Knowledge and Learning, Helvetas Swiss
Intercooperation) has been supporting collaboration, knowledge sharing
and learning in the development sector for over 20 years. With Canada’s
International Development Research Centre (1996-2006), Riff focused on
facilitation, evolution and strengthening of global and regional
networks and communities. Since joining Helvetas in 2006, Riff has been
exploring the implications of working in complex contexts: how can we
better understand such contexts, how can we ensure our activities
contribute to positive development outcomes despite high levels of
In 2009 Eduard Gnesa, LL.D., was appointed Special Ambassador of
International Cooperation in Migration by the Swiss Federal Council. In
this capacity he intensifies and optimizes the foreign policy of
Switzerland in the area of migration and development and supports the
work of the Swiss interdepartmental working group on migration. He
served as chair for the Global Forum on Migration and Development in
2011 and for the Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum
and Refugees in 2008. Since 2014, Mr Gnesa is also member of the WEF-
Global Agenda Council on Migration. Until 2009, Mr. Gnesa was the
director general of the Swiss Federal Office for Migration.
Karin Gross has a background in social anthropology and economics and
holds a PhD in epidemiology from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health
Institute. She interrupted her PhD in 2010 to work for several months at
the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as a Health
Program Officer. After the successful completion of her PhD she was
working as a scientific collaborator at the Swiss Tropical and Public
Health Institute from 2011 to 2014. Since 2015 Karin Gross is a Health
Policy Advisor at SDC.
Ursula Keller is the Senior Gender Policy Advisor of the Swiss Agency
for Development and Cooperation (SDC) / Swiss Federal Department of
Foreign Affairs. In her function, she provides guidance and support to
Headquarter and Field Offices for the implementation of SDC’s gender
policy and leads the global network of SDC’s gender focal points. Ursula
Keller is an expert in gender & women’s rights in development and
peacebuilding contexts and has extensive working experiences in the
Middle East and Africa. In her prior assignments Ursula Keller was
project director of the Center for Peacebuilding at swisspeace and
worked for cfd, a feminist peace organization working in development
cooperation and peace and migration policies. She holds a Masters degree
in Social Anthropology from the University of Zurich.
Claire Melamed is a Managing Director at the Overseas Development
Institute, an independent think tank based in London, UK. In recent
years, Claire has worked closely with the UN and many governments
providing advice and inputs to the development of Agenda 2030. She has
PhD from the University of London and has previously worked for several
international NGOs, for the UN, and in academia.
Trained as a professional economist at LSE (MSc 1996) and HEC
Lausanne (PhD 2000), I started my career in the private sector and soon
moved to the Swiss Government at the Ministry of Economy. In 2004, I
changed to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of multilateral files at Head
Office. I got numerous insights into global policy discussions,
multilateral decision making processes and global aid architecture. In
2009, I moved to Vietnam taking over bilateral development cooperation
between Switzerland and Vietnam, contributing to socioeconomic
development and poverty alleviation. My Vietnam experience allowed me to
deepen a country context and shape a program portfolio accordingly,
participate in policy dialogue and donor coordination. Since 2013, I
took over a newly created position as Regional Advisor on Migration and
Development for the Middle East, based in Jordan. The Middle East is at
the heart of several labor migration corridors from Asia and Africa and
more recently with the Syria crisis, new migration patterns have
emerged. I am a passionate and dedicated professional and believe in
sharing and working with partners to achieve common objectives,
improving the fate of the most vulnerable.
Born 1961 in Biel, Switzerland. He has a Master Degree in
Anthropology and History of Art at the University of Freiburg in
Uechtland, Switzerland. For 14 years he worked for the Swiss Red Cross,
occupying different management functions in the field of migration
(assistance, integration, return, European cooperation, population
movement). Since 2003 he is working for the Swiss Agency for Development
and Cooperation (SDC) in the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
Until 2007 as senior advisor on migration at the headquarter in Bern,
from 2007 until 2011 as deputy country director in the Swiss Cooperation
Office in Kigali, Rwanda, since 2011 as migration and development
expert and since 2013 as head of the Global Program Migration and
Development at the headquarter in Bern. He is married and has two adult
Marta Vallejo Mestres
Marta Vallejo Mestres joined the Regional Hub in Amman as the Human
Rights and Justice Specialist in October 2014. She is an economist by
training, with over 13 years’ experience in designing and implementing
programs and advocacy initiatives on human rights, health and migration,
at regional and national level in Asia and the Middle East. Before
Amman, she was based at the Regional Center in Bangkok where she worked
as Policy Specialist with the HIV, Health and Development team and
shaped UNDP’s portfolios on the rights of marginalized groups. She has
also coordinated various multi country and multi partner sensitive
research initiatives, which advocated for the right to health, access to
justice and the empowerment of migrants. She began working with the
United Nations in UNICEF China in 1999 and joined UNDP as a Junior
Professional Officer in UNDP Egypt in 2002.
Ambassador Pio Wennubst (born in 1961 in Lugano), an agro-economist
specialised in systemic approaches by training, has long experience in
development diplomacy based on extensive field work in areas such as
rural development, microfinance and public health. In addition to being
posted to Bolivia, Madagascar, Nepal and Tanzania over the years, Pio
Wennubst was the deputy permanent representative of the Swiss mission to
the Rome-based UN agencies from 2008 to 2011. From 2010, he was also in
charge of the SDC’s Global Programme Food Security. He later joined the
Swiss permanent mission to the UN in New York as head of the economic
and social development team. He currently manages the Global Cooperation
Department as assistant director general of the SDC.
The global meeting is using a social reporting -participatory-
approach to cover the event and increase collaboration, with support
from the Knowledge & Learning team of HELVETAS Swiss Intecooperation.
Cesar has worked in communications for development for the last 10
years based in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Originally from Mexico,
he is now based in Zurich working for HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation as
Knowledge & Learning advisor, supporting development projects
around the world in regards to facilitation, digital collaboration,
participatory approaches, webinars, etc.
Ramla Allani Migration and Development Officer within “Tunisian
Community Resident in Switzerland for development project “ based at The
Swiss Foundation for International Social Service in Geneva. Ramla is a
lawyer holds the Mediterranean Master’s Degree in human rights and
democratization from the University of Malta. Previously of joining her
actual position, she has worked for the UN high Commissioner for Human
Rights and other UN bodies.
Barbara Weyermann is Programme Manager at SDC in Nepal in charge of the skills development, gender based violence and migration.
Stefan Bigler is a program officer at SDC’s Global Program Migration
and Development, where he is mainly responsible for initiatives in South
and Southeast Asia. Earlier he worked for the International Committee
of the Red Cross and for IOM in different parts of the world.
Vani Saraswathi is a journalist, who has lived in Qatar for 17 years,
and recently moved to India. She is the Associate Editor and Strategic
Adviser for Migrant-Rights.org.
Accommodation & venueThe Global Meeting on Migration and Development is hosted at Hotel Cailler in Charmey; participants will stay in the three hotels Hotel Cailler, Hotel Etoile and Hotel Le Sapin which are within walking distance and visible from the bus stop ‘Charmey Village’ in Charmey (see map on the following page).All three hotels have the list of participants staying in the respective hotels and are looking forward to welcoming you.Workshop venue:Hotel Cailler. Gros-Plan 28, 1637 Charmey http://www.hotel-cailler.ch/en/ Phone: +41 26 927 62 62Hotels for accommodation: Hotel Cailler http://www.hotel-cailler.ch/en/ Phone: +41 26 927 62 62 Hotel Etoile http://www.etoile.ch/uk/ Phone: +41 26 927 50 50 Hotel Le Sapin http://hotel-le-sapin.ch/ Phone: +41 26 927 23 23Contacts for general questions prior and during your stay:Ahmed Didane, email@example.com Phone: +41(0)58 461 13 43, Phone: +41(0)79 830 52 12The hotels as well as the bus stop are all located within a few minutes walking distance:Global Meeting Migration and Development 2016 - Hotel Informationb Location – Welcome to CharmeyCharmey, a small Swiss municipality of 1,660 inhabitants, lies in the heart of the foothills of the alps of Fribourg in the region of ‘La Gruyère’. The region’s industrial productivity strongly relies on workers and entrepreneurs/investment from abroad. The unique setting of Hotel Cailler provides an inspirational environment for our Global Meeting on Migration and Development. This document provides details on the location as well as on the transfer from the airport(s).The region of ‘La Gruyère’ is most famous for its “Gruyère” cheese, first produced according to a special recipe in the year 1115. Today, the specialty is produced according to a well-tried recipe in the village cheese dairies of the region. Total production amounts to almost 29,000 tons per year, whereof almost 12,000 are exported.Another well-known product of the region is of course Cailler chocolate. The chocolate manufacturer located in Broc has been founded in 1819, merging with Nestlé in 1929. Their most famous brands include Frigor and Fémina.How to get thereFrom the airports of Zurich and Geneva you comfortably travel to Fribourg/Freiburg by train – there is a direct train at least once per hour during daytime. There, you change to another train to Bulle from where you can take the bus to Charmey. The trip takes approximately 3 hours from Zurich as well as from Geneva. The public transport system is very well established and reliable in Switzerland.Please check www.sbb.ch/en for travel details and further information.From Zurich Airport
From Geneva Airport
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