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Activities on Global Forum on Migration and Development 2014

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On 14 to 16 May 2014, Sweden hosted the 7th GFMD Forum Meeting in Stockholm with the overarching theme “Unlocking the potential of migration for inclusive development.” The meeting which gathered some 900 delegates from over 140 countries and 30 international organizations kicked off on 14 May with a grand opening ceremony. Swedish Minister for Migration Tobias Billström and Swedish Minister from International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström, gave welcome remarks while H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt delivered inspiring opening speeches.

globalforum_bankimonDuring the opening session, the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG), Mr. Ban Ki-moon, delivered a key note message to all delegates representing a wide range of civil society organisations, the private sector, international organisations and governments, including Ministries and Departments of Immigration, Development, Labour, Foreign Affairs, Gender Equality, Justice, Integration and Nationals Abroad. The UNSG called on all countries to rally around the common goals of protecting human rights, lowering the costs of migration, ending exploitation, helping stranded migrants, raising public awareness, integrating migration into the development agenda, gathering more reliable data, and enhancing partnerships. He enunciated that migration should be a journey of hope, not a perilous gamble in which migrants and their family members risk their lives and livelihoods.

Mr. Mevlüt ÇAVUŞOĞLU, Minister for EU Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, shared some perspectives from the incoming GFMD Chair Turkey, while Ms. Michele LeVoy, reported on the outcomes of the GFMD 2013-2014 Civil Society Days held 12 and 13 May 2014.

globalforum_spaceGFMD 2014 Common Space (14 May)

With the central theme, “Partnering to realise the potential of migrants and migration for inclusive development,” the GFMD 2014 Common Space witnessed further trust-building and frank discussions between governments, civil society and international organizations. Chaired by Mr. Peter Sutherland, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for International Migration and Development, the GFMD 2014 Common Space (CS) began in plenary with a very enlightening presentation by Professor Hans Rosling. Three simultaneous CS sessions then ensued, focusing on the issues of migration in the post-2015 development agenda, decent labour migration and employment, and migrants’ empowerment for social inclusion and human development. The conclusions of the break-out sessions were then reported in plenary by the CS session moderators.

globalforum_tablesIntensive Roundtable Discussions (15 to 16 May)

Three successive rounds of Roundtable discussions and Special Sesssions (on the Future of the Forum and the GFMD Platform for Partnerships) were organized from 15 to 16 May. Each day rolled out with a brief plenary session led by Ambassador Eva Åkerman Börje, together with special guests from the European Union and the Global Migration Group, respectively. Ambassador Åkerman Börje chaired all preparatory meetings of GFMD 2013-2014 in Geneva and represented Sweden as Chair of the GFMD process beginning January 2013.

In the afternoon of 16 May, the outcomes of various deliberations were reported to all delegates by the Roundtable General Rapporteurs and the Special Session rapporteurs, followed by comments from the SRSG, Mr. Sutherland.

At the closing plenary session, Ambassador Åkerman Börje delivered her conclusions on behalf of the Swedish Chair of the Global Forum. She then handed over the GFMD Chairmanship plaque to Ms. Esen Altug, representing incoming GFMD Chair Turkey. The latter gave a statement on behalf of the Government of Turkey, expressing appreciation to Sweden for its excellent stewardship of the GFMD process, and enjoining all delegates to support the Turkish Chairmanship.

In closing the 7th GFMD Forum Meeting, Minister Billström and Minister Engström thanked all delegates for their active participation and affirmed Sweden’s commitment to the Global Forum and the inclusion of migration in the post 2015 development agenda.

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FEDZAC seeks to consolidate more projects in 2014

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Federacion Zacatecana continues its mission to help the economic and social development of communities in the state of Zacatecas, which together with the support of Zacatecas migrants in the United States have continued on the path of growth through the productive projects.

So far this 2014 AC Zacatecana Federation is working on the development of more and new production projects in the 2×1 Program for Migrants, which arise from the concern of migrants benefit their families and their communities.

Currently is working FEDZAC resource management to drive these projects amounting to more than 4 million in Federal and State participation in government, which is expected to achieve the consolidation of at least 7 new entrepreneurial projects at various points the state of Zacatecas.

With the above FEDZAC reaffirms its commitment as an ally of migrants in both Mexico and the United States, so they can jump-start the infrastructure that allows them to generate productive jobs and sources in the region, and achieve new development paths to Zacatecas.

FEDZAC hereby extends an invitation for people interested in starting a business and start a new productive enterprise to our offices where we will help you start your project and start with the steps for obtaining resource approaches 2×1 Program .

FEDZAC also offers other business support services through which aim to ensure the proper functioning and sustainability of each project begins with us.

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FEDZAC to moderate two working sessions at Global Forum on Migration & Development

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Efrain Jimenez , Executive Director of FEDZAC has been pleased to receive the invitation to moderate two work sessions in Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD ) to be held on 12, 13 and 14 May at the Münchenbryggeriet Conference Center in Stockholm, Sweden .
This invitation is only extended to highlight the organizations and leaders of civil society , networks and international on migration and global development committees, so it is a great privilege to be considered for moderate work not one but two desks .

The program this year focuses on ” Shaping of Migration and Development Goals : Global Motion Exchange Fund.” The theme reflects the ownership of the civil society to translate the outputs of the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development plan and eel 5 and 8 points derived therefrom , into concrete goals, targets and indicators , aiming at implementing in the local context , best practices and changing background.

Invite today speaks of the importance and significance of FEDZAC work with civil society , not only locally , but on the international scene is received . Since the contribution through the work done is to migrant communities in Mexico , has succeeded in improving the economic and social situation in their regions. Allowing the generation of jobs and development to families and communities.

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About the Global Forum on Migration and Development

In line with the September 2006 report from the UN-GA High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (HLD) and the GFMD Operating Modalities endorsed in Brussels in 2007, the GFMD is a voluntary, informal, non-binding and government-led process open to all States Members and Observers of the United Nations, to advance understanding and cooperation on the mutually reinforcing relationship between migration and development and to foster practical and action-oriented outcomes.

The GFMD process brings together expertise from all regions and countries at all stages of economic, social and political development. Policy-makers from a wide range of government agencies participate, including from Ministries and Departments of Immigration, Development, Labour, Foreign Affairs, Gender Equality, Home Affairs, Justice, Interior, Integration and Nationals Abroad. Since its inception, the GFMD has operated on the basis of a unique participative working method, involving governments and policy makers from a varied background. UN and other international agencies, including those that make up the Global Migration Group , as well as academia and civil society organizations, as appropriate and desired by governments are involved in the process.

The Forum has also engaged civil society representatives by inviting them to hold parallel meetings and share their deliberations with states. The aim is to include the voices and expertise of academia, NGOs, trade unions, the private sector, migrants and diaspora representatives in the Forum. Since 2007, the government and civil society engagement has expanded and deepened incrementally each year — starting with a single Civil Society Day in Brussels and advancing to two Civil Society Days thereafter. The first government-CS interface was held in Manila in 2008, expanded in Athens in 2009, and further developed in Puerto Vallarta in 2010 into a “common space”, bringing a big CS delegation to the opening plenary session of the governments to participate in direct dialogue with the latter on issues of common concern.

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