12th Migration Summit

UAE new chair of GFMD, next summit in Dubai

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan from Quito, Ecuador | Published: 01:20, Jan 26,2020


The 12th summit of the Global Forum on Migration and Development ended on Friday in Quito of Ecuador with a call to foster partnership among all stakeholders to implement the global compact on migration.

The 4-day migration summit, attended by migration experts, civil society organisations, government delegates and diplomats, stressed on sustainable approaches to human mobility for upholding rights, strengthening state agency, and advancing development through partnerships and collective action.

The forum’s international steering committee member and WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque told New Age that the GFMD summit ended in successful manner with participation of all stakeholders including civil society organisations and government delegations.

The United Arab Emirates would host the 13th GFMD scheduled to be held in Dubai at end of this year as the gulf country formally took over the chairmanship of the summit from Ecuador on Thursday.

The handover, which took place during a formal ceremony in Quito, marked the start of an ambitious yearlong programme of events around the world, which would focus on improving how governments respond to international migration, said officials.

Addressing the Quito Summit, Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, UAE minister of human resources and Emiratisation, thanked the delegates for their confidence in the UAE to deliver a forward-looking agenda over the course of 2020.

‘The UAE is honoured to chair the GFMD’, said the minister. ‘We are a tolerant, open nation, and we are proud of our role providing opportunities to millions of people from around the world. Human mobility is deeply entwined with our success as a nation, with foreign-born residents contributing to our development in every area, from infrastructure to business, and from sports to art and culture.

Hosting the GFMD in Dubai cements the UAE’s reputation as a global leader in promoting sound migration governance. Over 8 million foreign-born residents currently live in the UAE, sending home $20 billion annually in remittances, a significant contributor to global development,’ he said.

A high profile Bangladesh delegation led by foreign minister MA Momen took part in the GFMD Summit in Quito and called for ensuring engagement of all stakeholders at their respective levels globally.

Bangladesh delegation also urged the world leaders to identify the real culprits who cause wars and displace people across the world and hold them responsible to share their cost of  repatriation and reintegration in the society.

Among the Bangladesh delegation, Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development chairman Israfil Alam and caucus member Shamim Haider Patuary and Mahjabeen Khaled, EWOE ministry additional secretary Ahmed Munirus Saleheen, foreign ministry director general Nazrul Islam, British Council’s PROKAS programme team leader Gerry Fox, British Council’s senior IBP manager and gender and social inclusion adviser Shirin Lira, WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque, Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Programme chairman Shakirul Islam, Bangladesh Nari Shramik Kendra executive director Sumaiya Islam, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit director Marina Sultana, IID chief executive Syeed Ahmad and Awaj Foundation director Anisur Rahman Khan attended the GFMD summit.

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