Global Forum for Migration and Development 2015

newsimageThe Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2015 will be held at the Lütfi Kirdar – Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre between 12 and 16 October 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey. The week will open with the GFMD Civil Society Days (CSD) on 12 and 13 October 2015. A shared session with governments, known as the Common Space, will be held on 14 October, and the GFMD Government Days will take place on 15-16 October. The Turkish government officially took over the 2014-2015 Chairmanship in July 2014 and has published a 1st draft calendar of activities in the run up to next year’s event. Bangladesh was endorsed as the 2015-2016 GFMD Chair. 2015 GFMD Theme The Turkish Chair has chosen as its main theme, “Strengthening Partnerships: Human Mobility for Sustainable Development” in a bid to highlight that international migration cannot be managed effectively by any one country alone, or by states without the cooperation of international organizations, civil society, the private sector and migrants themselves. The 1st draft concept note was circulated among both governments and civil society in early October for comments and input. Civil society organizations that were active on the International Civil Society Steering Committee for the 2015 GFMD were invited to offer feedback, which ICMC consolidated and submitted to the Turkish Chair. Read Civil society feedback on 1st draft GFMD 2015 Concept Note The final version of the Turkish Chair concept note was made available in early March 2015, after a series of reviews and consolidation of comments from both government delegates and civil society. The final government concept note is available to read in English, French and Spanish. 2015 GFMD Civil Society Days programme At the request of the Turkish Chair, ICMC will serve once again as Civil Society Coordinating Office. The Coordinating Office will, via wide consultation with multiple sectors of civil society, create a specific programme for GFMD CSD, seeking to consolidate and review the achievements gained since the 5 Year 8 Point Plan was launched in 2013. The International Steering Committee, composed of the Civil Society Coordinating Office and other leading civil society organisations active in migration and development will once again be in charge of developing the programme for the Civil Society Days in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.