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ICMPD Around the Globe: Active role at the GFMD and Mayoral Forum in Berlin

4 July 2017

Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration & Michael Spindelegger, ICMPD Director General in Berlin


In the last week of June, ICMPD Director General Spindelegger followed numerous invitations in Berlin, Germany. DG Spindelegger opened the 4th Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development, met Louise Arbour, the UN Special Representative for International Migration and spoke at the ICMPD-led side-event at the Global Forum on Migration and Development.

The 4th Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development took place on 26-27 June in Berlin. It is an annual city-led dialogue on migration and development, supported by local, regional and international partners. It focusses on the role of cities and regions and acts as a bridge by opening access to good practices that can be replicated by other cities.

In his opening remarks to Session III “Working through multi-stakeholder partnerships to enhance the development impact of migration and forced displacement”, ICMPD Director Spindelegger stated that “…migration is a form of human mobility that takes place between cities and urban areas first and foremost…this is where migrants unfold their potentials but where frictions over jobs, housing, traffic, health care etc. might grow as well”. With the ICMPD-led Mediterranean City-to-City-Migration Project, ICMPD has been capable to actively contribute to further strengthen the role of cities and urban areas in European and African Countries.

Global Forum on Migration and Development  

Following the enriching exchange at the Mayoral Forum, the Director General opened the side event during the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) on the 29 June, hosted in the premises of the German Federal Foreign Office. Entitled “Development solutions to mass displacement in cities – the Case of Syrian refugees” the focus again was on cities and urban areas as notably 90 percent of Syrian refugees live in cities. The event was co-hosted by UNHCR, UNDP and ICMPD. 

A personal and professional highlight in the course of his participation in the GFMD, ICMPD Director General Spindelegger had the pleasure to meet with and establish a working contact with Louise Arbour, Special Representative for International Migration.

All in all, the numerous events on migration policy in Berlin show not only the need but also the willingness of nation states to cooperate and consult with international organisations, NGOs and civil society. With this in mind, ICMPD stands ready to further deepen existing cooperation and to offer its knowledge and assistance to potential new partners both to multilateral/international organisations and to nation-states.  

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