49th Session of the Commission on Population and Development | Implementing the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Moving from Commitments to Results

Published Date: 
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Permanent Observer Mr Ashraf El Nour



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Thank you Madam Chair;

And on behalf of IOM I would like to make the following points.

The first one is a welcome to the Secretary-General’s Report on the World Demographic Trends, and particularly to the references made to the 2030 Development Agenda and also to the High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development. I also would like to welcome the acknowledgement of importance of statistics being disaggregated according to migration status in order to better capture vulnerabilities and develop more tailored responses.

Second, I would like to inform that IOM has been actively engaged in the expert working groups and work processes that are resulting from the following: the 2030 Agenda adoption; the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda for Financing and Development; and the adoption of the SDGs Monitoring Framework. In that respect, IOM organized this year, exceptionally in New York, its International Dialogue on Migration, which focused on a. the role of migration in the SDGs; b. shaping up the migration-related SDGs follow up and review processes; and c. the role of national ownership and how to mainstream migration in the international development processes.

Next I would like to draw your attention to the following ongoing processes. Last year, IOM established in Berlin a dedicated Migration Data Analysis Centre to give more focus to the requirements of collecting and gathering data which is of good quality and which is regularly accessible in a timely manner. This will be crucial to enhancing and improving protection and assistance to migrants and other mobile groups. The other initiative is collaboration with the Economist Intelligence Unit; together we developed a Migration Governance Index, presented as a consolidated framework that captures information on migration governance structures, starting with 15 initial countries, on which we will expand not only as a source of information but also best practices. The other initiative underway is with the World Gallup Report to capture the information on migrants’ contributions to development, and to measure that against core SDGs related to migration.

Let me end by making three core recommendations. The first one is for improving data on mobile populations, particularly refugees and migrants, which we see as crucial requirements to ensure migrants, refugees and other mobile populations will not be left behind. Delivering on that commitment will require good data. Second is a call to give more balanced consideration with the ICPD Programme of Action, particularly the migration and development part. And last but not least is the whole issue of partnership: to foster effective partnerships to help us all translate the commitments that have been made – in this case, particularly to migration – into tangible outcomes and meaningful results.

I thank you, Madam.