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Project News: ICMPD displays capacity building expertise at the 11th GFMD Summit

11 December 2018

The Republic of Moldova and the joint EU-ICMPD MIgration EU eXpertise (MIEUX) Initiative co-hosted the side event “What role for capacity building in turning the Global Compact on Migration into action?” at the 11th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit taking place in Marrakesh between 05 and 07 December 2018.

The event displayed ICMPD’s approach to capacity building through the MIEUX and Mediterranean City to City Migration Project; regional migration dialogues such as the Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development (Rabat Process) and the Eastern Mobility Partnership; and from national migration institutions such as the National Institute of Migration of Mexico.

The event, held on 07 December 2018 was attended by over 100 participants representing governments, civil society, and international organisations. Moderator Ms. Daniela Morari, State Secretary for European Integration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, was joined by five panellists that represented various regions and backgrounds as well as local, central and regional levels of cooperation where ICMPD plays an active part:

• H.E. Mr. Paul Robert Tiendrebeogo, Minister of African Integration and Burkinabé Abroad, Burkina Faso, representing The Rabat Process Migration Dialogue as its current Chair

• Mr. Antonio Hernández y Castro, General Directorate for the Protection of Migrants, Mexico representing the National Institute of Migration of Mexico, a recipient of MIEUX assistance

• Ms. Souad Zaidi, Deputy Mayor for International Cooperation and Member of the Parliament,  Kingdom of Morocco, representing the city of Rabat and its involvement in the Mediterranean City to City Migration Project 

• Ms. Camilla Hagström, Deputy Head of Unit Migration and Employment, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) at the European Commission and Mr. Ralph Genetzke, MIEUX Programme Director and Head of the ICMPD Brussels Mission, whom complemented these interventions by sharing the lessons learnt from ten years of managing MIEUX.

Capacity building is one of three core pillars of ICMPD’s working philosophy and considered a crucial element to working in partnership towards enhanced migration governance at national, regional and international levels. Over the last 25 years, ICMPD’s Directorates and programmes have coordinated capacity building programmes on migration and supported regional migration dialogues, national migration institutions and local cooperation networks to flourish. 

Conversely, Objective 23 of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) foresees the establishment of a global capacity building mechanism that, building upon existing initiatives, would support efforts of UN Member States to implement the GCM. 

Thus, the 11th GFMD Summit represented a prime opportunity for ICMPD to share its experiences as a regional organisation with the wider international community in relation to the future implementation of the GCM.


More information:

- MIEUX Project 

- Rabat Process 

- National Institute of Migration of Mexico