Cities Alliance at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)
The Global Forum on Migration and Development (20-24th Jan 2020) and the Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility (22nd of January 2020)
The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is convening in Quito, Equador January 20th to January 24th. It is a state-led conference shaping the global debate on migration and development. It provides a flexible, multi-stakeholder space where governments can discuss the multi-dimensional aspects, opportunities, and challenges related to migration, development, and the link between these two areas.
In addition, the 6th Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development ("Mayoral Forum") will convene in Quito on the 22nd of January, integrated, for the first time, with the Global Forum on Migration and Development. Established in 2013, the Mayoral Forum provides an annual global gathering for municipal and regional leaders to exchange views and practices on migration, development, and displacement.
Cities Alliance is proud to take part in two sessions:
1) Working through partnerships to bolster the local migration response in the Latin American region (22nd of January 14:00-16:30, Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development)
Co-organized by Cities Alliance, UNDP and International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). In recent years, migratory flows have brought about significant changes in the Latin American and Caribbean region. Displacement due to disasters, violence, political issues, the search for economic opportunities and the return of migrants are reconfiguring social, economic and political relations in communities and cities. This phenomenon has a more relevant impact in small and intermediate cities, as well as in urban territories characterized by situations of informality and poverty. This session aims to analyse recent trends, conceptualize the issue of cities and migration for the Latin American and Caribbean region, and identify best practices and approaches from local and national governments under a perspective of partnership and cooperation.
2) The impact of migration on Latin American cities, ahead of the 10th World Urban Forum (21st of January 9:00-10:30, Global Forum on Migration and Development)
Latin American cities today face one of their greatest challenges with more than 4 million Venezuelan migrants/refugees, who are mostly hosted by Latin American countries. As a result of this emerging crisis, migration is putting significant pressure on local and national institutions, service delivery systems, the labour market and the social dynamics of receiving cities. The discussion on migration and its impact on cities from the perspective of different stakeholders in the region will serves as a space for preparing WUF10 in Abu Dhabi next month, where migration, SDGs and the New Urban Agenda will be at the core of the event.