Fifth Meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development 29 November to 2 December 2011, Geneva, Switzerland
10.11.2010 - Press release 4th Global Forum on Migration and Development – Switzerland to Chair the Forum in 2011
The 4th Global Forum on Migration and Development took place on 10 and 11 November 2010 in Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), where the representatives of some 150 states held discussions on how to enhance international cooperation in the domain of migration and development. The Swiss delegation, led by Eduard Gnesa, Special Envoy for International Cooperation on Migration Issues, prepared Switzerland's chairmanship of the Forum in 2011.
Migration is often primarily perceived by the general public as a problem. This view, however, is very short-sighted. Migration can be positive for both the countries of origin and the countries of destination. For the latter, migrants can be an indispensable economic and social resource, and one which may well become even more crucial due to demographic developments. Countries of origin can benefit from the remittances their citizens send and the knowledge that they transfer from afar. The migrants themselves improve their personal living conditions and those of their families.
This aspect of migration is attracting more and more interest from the international community, which makes the Global Forum on Migration and Development a vital platform for discussions among states. The Forum was created in 2006 upon the initiative of the then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. It is open to all UN member states and serves to strengthen cooperation and the informal exchange of experiences between countries of origin and destination countries.
Switzerland participated in the two-day conference in Puerto Vallarta with an interdepartmental delegation headed by Eduard Gnesa, Special Envoy for International Cooperation on Migration Issues. Together with Argentina and Kenya, Switzerland moderated a round-table discussion dedicated to an exchange of ideas on new instruments for data mining in the domain of migration and development. In addition, Switzerland also actively participated in other discussion panels dealing with themes such as climate-induced migration, irregular migration and migration partnerships.
In 2011, Switzerland chaired the Global Forum on Migration and Development. Following in the footsteps of Belgium, the Philippines, Greece and Mexico, Switzerland presided over the Forum for a year's term. As the Chair, Switzerland, for instance, carried out an overall evaluation of the Forum's activities over the preceding four years.
"Taking Action on Migration and Development - Coherence, Capacity and
Cooperation" Concept Paper - Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)