Some 60 countries participated in an expert group meeting on Migration and the Post 2015 development agenda in Dhaka on 28th and 29th April 2014.

Terre Des Hommes was amongst a handful of civil society representatives invited to take part in this state owned meeting.

Ignacio Packer, Secretary General of TDHIF, was invited on the panel on Migration and Education.  «Remittances lead to increase investment in education.  However, remittances should not be viewed as a substitute to government investment and official development aid.  Quality education should be a public good ».  During the panel discussion, relaying work of civil society, Ignacio Packer recommended a specific target on migration and education: « Ensure that migrants have access to quality education, skills development and vocational training».

Inaugurated by the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the meeting was jointly hosted by Bangladesh and Switzerland.  This was an important global event for those who would like to see migration as a tool for sustainable development.

The Dhaka Meeting builds on the growing convergence of opinion that migration and migrants are integral components of development which has been reiterated in the deliberations and outcomes of a number of key global events to which the Destination Unknown Campaign has contributed[1] so far.  Through these, Destination Unknown contributes to the call on the Leaders to integrate migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  « Children on the move” are not left behind and integrated in the call.  The results of the Dhaka meeting feed into the evolving deliberations within the Open-ended Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG-SDGs).

There is a strong need to fully secure migration and all its relevant aspects within the emerging framework of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  The recommendations are to be considered at both the national and other international levels.  They will also be taken into consideration to substantiate the discussions at the upcoming Meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) (Stockholm, May 2014) and in the work plan of the incoming GFMD Chair, Turkey.

Terre Des Hommes is invited by the government of Sweden to take the floor during the common space of the GFMD in Stockholm with some expected 140 states and 300 civil society representatives.  See up-coming post for the programme of the interventions and events organised by/with Terre Des Hommes at and around the GFMD 2014.

[1] The key global events include: Global Forum on Migration and Development  including the Civil Society Days which elaborates the inter-linkages between migration and development; the Global Thematic Consultation on Population Dynamics that led to the adoption of Dhaka Declaration (March 2013); the “8 points – 5 year Action Plan for Collaboration” of civil society, the “Civil society Blueprint with goals, targets and indicators”, the advocacy efforts of the Destination Unknown Campaign and Terre Des Hommes for a more prominent role of migration in the development agenda with the focus on children, Terre Des Hommes’ contribution to the lobbying for the inclusion of child protection in the Post 2015…

You might be interested in other: Positions
Read more from: