Statement by IOM Office to the United Nations Director, Mr. Ashraf El Nour at a Side Event to the 51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD): Mainstreaming Migration into Urban/Local Planning (10 April 2018)

Published Date: 
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Statement on behalf of the Global Migration Group (GMG)

Delivered by Ashraf El Nour


Mr. Chairperson, Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,

It is my honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Global Migration Group (GMG). The GMG is an inter-agency group bringing together 22 UN entities. It aims to promote the wider application of relevant international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration, and to encourage the adoption of more coherent, comprehensive, and better coordinated approaches to the issue of international migration.   

In 2018, the GMG is fully committed to supporting Member State-led efforts to promote safe, orderly, and regular migration through the Global Compact for Migration process, mobilizing the existing expertise of its members. Side events dedicated to specific areas of focus, such as this on the importance of mainstreaming migration into urban/ local planning, are organized for this purpose, in close collaboration with the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on International Migration and other relevant partners.


The GMG established a Working Group on mainstreaming migration into national development strategies, to facilitate enhanced inter-agency coordination at the country level. In 2010, the GMG published a Handbook on Mainstreaming Migration into Development Planning, which has been widely used by governments worldwide, as they seek to maximize the potential of migration for the development of the countries of origin. The publication points to the need to consider the environmental impact of human settlements in urban planning processes, and provides advice on anticipating increased rural-urban migration, for example as a result of environmental or other factors.

Similarly, the 2017 GMG guidance note on mainstreaming migration into United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) highlights the need for policy coherence and the consideration of migrants and migratory trends in both national and local policy planning, as governments strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The Guidance Note also recognizes and calls upon the international community to continue to support and provide cities, local and regional authorities with platforms such as the Global Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development – also supported by various GMG members  - which give cities and local authorities a voice and a place to exchange, learn and inform national and international policy making in migration governance.

Several GMG members also already have direct experience supporting local and regional authorities to mainstream migration into local policy planning through the second phase of the UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative that was led by UNDP and jointly implemented by IOM, UNHCR, UNITAR, ITC-ILO, UN Women and UNFPA and funded by the EC and the Swiss.

In the framework of the New Urban Agenda, 167 governments have already committed to supporting local authorities to set up frameworks that maximize the positive contribution of migrants to cities and local communities.

The GMG stands ready to continue to provide and enhance its support and expertise as needed, to contribute further to the inclusion of migrants and migration in local as well as national, regional, and global planning processes, in view of achieving the 2030 Agenda and leaving no one behind.