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HLPF 2022



In May 2022, United Nations Member States, the United Nations system, and stakeholders gathered for the first International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). They sent a resounding message: migration and sustainable development are inextricably linked. We will therefore not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without attaining safe, orderly and regular migration.

The IMRF progress declaration outlines several commitments aimed to align GCM implementation with the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. This discussion space allows member states, stakeholders, and UN Network on Migration Partners discuss how to move forward with those commitments in fulfilment of the SDGs. This discussion was launched in conjunction with the HLPF 2022 side event under the same name on 15 July 2022 and will remain open until 30 September 2022 for broad engagement of member states, stakeholders and all partners. Contributions to the discussion space may inform the development of the Network’s global workplan 2022-2024, which aims to be adopted during the Network Annual Meeting on 18-19 October 2022.

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Discussion Moderators

  • Joanne Irvine and Kristin Eitel, IOM
  • Katy Barwise, UN Network on Migration Secretariat
  • Paddy Siyanga Knudsen, Vice President, Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT)
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Discussion Questions & Comments

Q.1 How has GCM implementation advanced sustainable development and socio-economic recovery from COVID-19 at the national and/or local levels?

(Please provide specific examples)

Q.2 What are some promising practices to align GCM and SDG reporting?



Q.3 What is needed at the local, national, and regional levels to strengthen the alignment of GCM implementation, follow-up and review with the achievement of the 2030 Agenda?



Q.4 What recommendations do you have for the development of indicators to measure GCM progress and its contribution to the 2030 Agenda? What key things should the indicators measure?

Please share your recommendations.

To avoid reinventing the wheel, the development of indicators should build on existing efforts towards effectively monitoring and evaluating the implementation of GCM commitments over time, using available data and indicators as well as guidance. SDG Targets and Indicators already provide a good starting point for this purpose. Looking at the topic of human mobility in the context of disasters, climate change and environmental degradation, for example, one of the domains (domain 5) of SDG Indicator 10.7.2 focuses on the mobility dimensions of crises, including those linked to disasters and environmental factors, which links to GCM Objective 5. Similarly, in relation to GCM Objective 2, other SDG Targets and Indicators may be relevant, include those aiming to monitor national disaster risk reduction policy efforts (indicators 1.5.3; 11.b.1 and 13.1.2), national climate change adaptatio...

In reply to by Katy Barwise

We fully agree with the call to not reinvent the wheel and acknowledge that there are many existing sets of indicators that measure different aspects of migration governance such as KNOMAD’s toolkit for measuring policy and institutional coherence for migration and development, IOM’s Migration Governance Index (MGI), and the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX). A common feature of these indicators sets, however, is that they focus primarily on policy on paper. The toolbox of indicators currently available narrows the evaluation of migration governance to the legal domain, with limited attention given to concretely assessing implementation. However, a policy measure might seem effective and adequate in recognizing rights to migrants de jure. However, if the required resources are lacking, then practical implementation may be ineffective and migrants de facto unable to exe...

In reply to by Katy Barwise

Q.5 How can we encourage subsidiary bodies of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council, in accordance with their respective mandates, to contribute to the review of the implementation of the Global Compact?



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