Statement by IOM UN Office Director Mr. Ashraf EL Nour at High-level Political Forum 2018

Published Date: 
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Ashraf El Nour

High-level Political Forum

Statement by Ashraf El Nour

Director, IOM Office to UN


Mr. Chairperson, Excellencies,

Distinguished Delegates,


IOM warmly welcomes the theme for the 2017 HLPF, “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” and recalls the important contribution of well-managed migration can make to sustainable development, as recognized for the first time in the 2030 Agenda.


IOM strongly commits to assist Member States achieve the ambitious goals and targets set by the 2030 Agenda. This is all the more important in a year when states are negotiating a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, that has the potential of being a key vehicle to achieve the migration-related aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


IOM is glad that some of the 47 countries that contributed a Voluntary National Review (VNR) this year highlighted the issue of migration. However, many Member States still do not fully address the implications of migration in all its dimensions. Migrants and displaced persons are still “left behind” when policies, laws and programmes fail to consider migrants’ needs and how migration and development are inextricably linked.


IOM, in this regard, emphasizes the importance of the following two aspects.


  • First, all environmental related goals being considered at the HLPF are of relevance to contemporary migration movements. IOM has sought to draw attention to the nexus between migration and environment, discuss existing best practices and support a forward looking vision of comprehensive environmental approaches systematically including migration dimensions.


  • Second, the drivers and effects of migration are most strongly felt at the local level. Migration must also be adequately addressed in the urban dimensions of development, since it is a crucial factor in promoting inclusive, cohesive and productive communities. IOM is working to provide



programmatic, policy support to local authorities and enhancing capacity of cities at global multilateral processes.


Allow me to also highlight some of our key activities and tools which directly apply towards the implementation of the SDGs:


  • IOM is developing, in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI) to help member states to assess the comprehensiveness of their migration policies and to help them report on progress to achieve the migration aspects of the SDGs, in particular target 10.7.


  • The MGI was built on the six dimensions of good migration governance as articulated in IOM’s Migration Governance Framework (MiGOF), which outlines three principles and three objectives to support “well-managed migration policies”.


  • Related to this, IOM has contributed to the work on SDG indicators in developing, in collaboration with DESA, an indicator on “the number of countries implementing well-managed migration policies” for SDG target 10.7.


2019 will be an especially important year for IOM, not only because of the overall review of the SDGs, but also because of the review of SDG 10, which includes the important targets relating to orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration.


Once the future implementation, follow-up and review mechanism of the Global Compact on Migration is agreed upon, synergies should be sought with the existing mechanisms in place like the HLPF to track progress on SDGs.


Over all, the SDGs provide a unique opportunity to address migration in a more holistic and positive manner. IOM stands ready to work with our partners and offer support to Member States in accelerating progress in establishing sustainable and resilient societies.

Thank you.