The High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development is an important milestone in the follow-up to the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development and in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda. The report of the UN System Task Team, Realizing the Future We Want for All, affirmed that “the central challenge of the post-2015 UN development agenda is to ensure that globalization becomes a positive force for all the worlds’ peoples of present and future generations.” International migration – ensuring freer and safe movement of people across borders – could bring substantial benefits as part of an inclusive globalization process.
The first High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, held in September 2006, provided an opportunity for countries to address the multi-dimensional aspects of international migration in order to identify appropriate ways and means to maximize its development benefits and minimize its negative impacts. The Dialogue resulted in the creation of the voluntary, State-led and non-binding Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), a platform for informal dialogue and cooperation.
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Minister of International Development, Heikki Holmås, will be attendig the meeting.