The results are out on the Post-2015 SDGs and migration is in!
After two weeks of negotiations, the United Nations 193-member states agreed on Sunday on the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years. U.N Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Chef de Cabinet Susana Malcorra described the agreement as “historic” but warned that the work ahead is immense. World leaders will meet from 25 to 27 September at the UN Headquarters in New York to formally adopt the outcome document agreed this weekend.
The new Sustainable Development Agenda builds on the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which helped more than 700 million people to escape poverty the past 15 years. The broader sustainably agenda goes much further, addressing the root causes of poverty and universal need for development that works for people. The 17 sustainable goals and 169 targets aim to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty, reduce inequality within and between states, achieve equality, improve water management and energy, and take urgent action to combat climate change.
With regards to migration, the JMDI is delighted to see that that the positive contribution of migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development has been recognized and that states have committed to cooperating “internationally to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration involving full respect for human rights and the humane treatment of migrants regardless of migration status, of refugees and of displaced persons”.
Moreover, the declaration includes various targets within the goals that directly relate to migration: reducing the costs associated with migration by reducing the costs of transferring remittances (Goal 10 Target (10c)), promoting the protection of migrant workers (Goal 8 (Target 8)), countering human trafficking (Goals 5 and 16 (Targets 2) and Goal 8 (Target 8.7)), promoting better migration governance (Goals 10 (Target 7)), skills transfers through international education opportunities (Goal 4 (Target 4b)),data generation by migratory status (Goal 17 (Target 18)).
The Post-2015 UN Development Agenda presents a great opportunity to address the interlinkages of migration and development. Moreover, migration is truly a reflection of the new universal approach of the new SDGs, aimed at promoting development in a more comprehensive and global manner across both the Global South and the Global North. Only by working together as sending, transit and receiving countries on a universal scale can migration truly be harnessed for development.