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UAE to chair roundtable on migrants' social and financial effects on health and education at 7th GFMD Forum Meeting in Sweden

posted on 16/05/2014: 2036 views



Stockholm: Tariq Al Haidan, Assistant Foreign Minister for International Organisations Affairs, is leading the UAE's delegation to the 7th Forum Meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) which Sweden is hosting.

The meeting kicked off on 13 May with a grand opening ceremony led by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Around 900 delegates representing 150 governments, GFMD Observers, and non-government participants of the GFMD common space attended the opening session.

The UAE will chair a roundtable on migrants' social and financial remittances (asset transfers) and their effects on health and education.

The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is a recent initiative of the United Nations Member States to address the migration and development interconnections in practical and action-oriented ways. It is an informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led process that marks the culmination of more than a decade of international dialogue on the growing importance of the linkages between migration and development.

GFMD aims: To provide a venue for policy-makers and high-level policy practitioners to informally discuss relevant policies and practical challenges and opportunities of the migration-development nexus, and engage with other stakeholders, including non-governmental organisations, experts and migrant organisations to foster practical and action-oriented outcomes at national, bilateral and international level; To exchange good practices and experiences, which can be duplicated or adapted in other circumstances, in order to maximise the development benefits of migration and migration flows; To identify information, policy and institutional gaps necessary to foster synergies and greater policy coherence at national, regional and international levels between the migration and development policy areas; To establish partnerships and cooperation between countries, and between countries and other stakeholders, such as international organisations, diaspora, migrants, academia etc., on migration and development; To structure the international priorities and agenda on migration and development. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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