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 Addressing migration's potential in supporting the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

15-16 June – IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson will take part tomorrow (15/6) in a high-level panel on migration and forced displacement at the two-day “European Development Days” (EDD) event in Brussels.

The panel will headline a series of debates and workshops with IOM involvement at the EDD drawing attention to the role of migration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a positive force.  

Ambassador Thompson and panelists at the high level event “Harnessing the potential of migration and forced displacement for development” are set to discuss opportunities and challenges in sustainable development for migrants, forcibly displaced persons, their hosts, and communities.

“Migration and forced displacement are a recognized part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and this gives new impetus to international and regional partners to ensure orderly, safe, regular and responsible mobility,” said Ambassador Thompson ahead of the event.

“Making this a reality will help to draw out the opportunities that people on the move offer, and can also minimize potential negative development impacts of disorderly migration,” she added.  

This global recognition coincides with a prioritisation of migration and forced displacement in three major global fora in 2016: the World Humanitarian Summit in May, the UN General Assembly Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants in September, and the Global Forum on Migration and Development in December.

The high-level panel on migration, forced displacement and development will look at how the EU and its partners can build on these global initiatives to spur innovation and measure progress toward well-managed migration policies and better development outcomes, ultimately ensuring that no one is left behind.

The panel, co-organized by the European Commission, and IOM and UNHCR, will feature opening remarks by Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, and will include Lotte Knudsen, Managing Director Human Rights, Global and Multilateral Issues, European External Action Service (EEAS), Steven Corliss, Director of Programme Support and Management Division, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Faith Tendai Munyati, a Young Leader from South Africa.

It will be moderated by Elizabeth Collett, Director of the Migration Policy Institute Europe.

>> You can watch a replay of the whole panel session now at this LINK <<

At the EDD on Thursday (16/6), the Director of IOM’s Regional Office for the European Economic Area, the EU and NATO, Eugenio Ambrosi, will take part in the debate lab "Win-win solutions for migration: How to leverage the benefits of migration for development”. Here panelists will discuss why and how migration should become an integral part of all strategies for development and economic growth. >> You can listen to the whole session now on Soundcould at this LINK <<

Also on Thursday, IOM together with the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) will showcase the “Migration, cities and the SDGs: Local authorities’ key role in implementing the migration-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals” project at an interactive “project lab.”  >> You can listen to the whole session now on Soundcould at this LINK <<

IOM will also showcase the migration-related SDGs as co-organizer of the United Nations stand on the Sustainable Development Goals under the theme “Leaving no-one behind”.

For more information on the High Level Panel go to:

For more information on the "Win-win Solutions for Migration” debate lab:

For more information on the “Migration, Cities and the SDGs” project lab co-organized by IOM and the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI), go to: