Global Forum on Migration and Development and Civil Society Days 2014

Keywords: Civil Society, United Nations

The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) will take place in Stockholm, Sweden from 14 to 16 May 2014. Hosted by the Swedish government this year, the GFMD is a non-binding, government-led process open to all States Members and Observers of the United Nations, to advance understanding and cooperation on migration and development and to foster practical and action-oriented outcomes.

Facilitating civil society input to these discussions, the Civil Society Days will be held the days before the GFMD from 12 to 13 May in Stockholm and will bring together over 200 migrant and civil society leaders from all over the world. The Civil Society Days result in a statement with messages and recommendations for governments.

PICUM’s Director, Michele LeVoy, will be this year’s chair of the Civil Society Days and will deliver these messages and recommendations to the audience of national and global leaders including United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during a ‘Common Space’ on 14 May in Stockholm.

Prior to these events, the People's Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights (PGA) will take place in Stockholm from 9 to 11 May. The PGA aims to give a voice and encourage leadership of organised grassroots migrant and diaspora networks and communities from around the world; to share information, dialogue, strengthen analyses and develop joint actions and campaigns on current and emerging issues related to migration.

PICUM is co-organiser of several workshops:

At the PGA:

  • On the Lives & Strategies of Undocumented Women in Sweden, Saturday, 10 May
  • Criminalization, Detention, & Child Rights at the GFMD (and beyond): A global strategy for ending the immigration detention of children (together with the International Detention Coalition, IDC and Terre des Hommes), Sunday, 11 May.
  • Children in the Context of International Migration: Coordinating before, during, and after GFMD, ensuring the inclusive implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (together with the International Detention Coalition, IDC and Terre des Hommes), Sunday, 11 May.

To view the full programme of the PGA, please click here

At the Civil Society Days:

  • Side event on Alternatives to immigration detention of children, (together with the International Detention Coalition, IDC and Terre des Hommes), Monday 12 May. Click here to view the event poster.

To view the full programme of the Civil Society Days, please click here

Photos - On the left: Michele LeVoy speaking at the High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) in New York, October 2013. On the right: Participants of one of PICUM's workshops organised at the PGA in October 2013 in New York.


Since 2011, PICUM has been on the International Steering Committee of the GFMD and has held roles as chair and rapporteur in previous civil society sessions, as well as intervened as speaker in specific joint sessions with civil society and governments in the past three years. For more information on the GFMD in previous years, click here.


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