International Dialogue on Migration 2016: Follow up and review of migration in the SDGs

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In September 2015, the General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encompassing 17 goals and 169 targets geared towards reducing poverty and ensuring sustainable development and critically “leaving no one behind”. With the SDGs, migration has for the first time been inserted into mainstream development policy. (i) The situation of migrant workers is highlighted in SDG 8 on economic growth and decent work, (ii) the issue of trafficking is mentioned in several SDGs for instance SDG 16 on peaceful societies and (iii) migration status is mentioned specifically as a factor for disaggregation during the follow-up and review in SDG 17. Among all targets, SDG target 10.7 is the center-piece for migration in the 2030 Agenda. It calls for “well-managed migration policies”, and hence encompasses all aspects of migration.

The 2016 iteration of the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) will thus be dedicated to stimulating in-depth discussions on implementation as well as follow-up and review of migration aspects of SDGs.


Two separate IDM workshop sessions will be convened on this topic bringing together high-level government representatives, local and regional authorities, International Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations including regional consultative processes (RCPs) on migration, the private sector and civil society organizations to review and validate approaches to achieving and monitoring the migration-related SDG targets.

The first workshop in the series will be held in New York and will discuss appropriate tools and mechanisms that will help Member States to measure progress on relevant migration-related SDG targets. The workshop would also look at options for “thematic review” of migration related SDG targets. The following themes are among the ones which this workshop will address: 

  • Reviewing the evidence for migration in development
  • Methods for monitoring migration related targets in SDGs
  • Shape of a thematic review on migration in the SDGs
  • Role for IOs in achieving of migration-related SDGs targets

The second workshop will take place in October 2016 in Geneva and it will review the results of a number of initiatives on monitoring migration related SDG target. This second workshop will be followed by a one day Global Regional Consultative Process (GRCP) meeting.


The results of IDM 2016 and the GRCP will be consolidated in a publication representing IOM’s and its partners first contribution to the review of migration aspects in the Agenda 2030, in relation to measuring progress through global indicators, thematic review for the High-level Political Forum, as well as best practices on direct action on realizing migration related targets in the SDGs. The outcome of the IDM 2016 and the GRCP will constitute an input to the December 2016 GFMD Summit in Dhaka.

Event Date: 
Monday, February 29, 2016 - 09:00 to Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 17:00
United Nations HQ New York