What are our goals?
In June 2017 the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) took place in Berlin under the joint chairmanship of Germany and Morocco. The forum was themed "Toward a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development".
Even if its resolutions are not binding, the Forum provided civil society in Germany with a platform to engage in the debate about migration and development and to make its own positions heard, both in Germany and globally.
How does the project work?
The Robert Bosch Foundation, together with the Verband Entwicklungspolitik und humanitäre Hilfe (VENRO), the umbrella organization of development and humanitarian aid NGOs in Germany, championed the systematic support of the GFMD process by German civil society. To this end, civil society organizations were assisted in giving shared issues greater visibility and in obtaining a stronger position in the GFMD process.
As a result, more than 20 civil society organizations and networks asked the German government in a common paper to take a strong stand against xenophobia and to create considerably more regular ways of migration.
About the Global Forum
The Global Forum on Migration and Development was established in 2006 at the initiative of then-Secretary General of the UN, Kofi Annan. Besides the less frequently hosted UN High-Level Dialogue on Migration, it is the only forum of its kind where almost the entire community of nations discusses matters of migration and development. For years, international civil society has been a firm supporter of the GFMD process. Permanent structures have been created around the meeting of nations. A central stage for the exchange are the Civil Society Days, which have become a stand-alone element of the conference. The GFMD also comprises a direct dialog between the representatives of civil societies and governments.