The JMDI at the Second Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development, 12-13 of November in the City of Quito

Nov 16, 2015
JMDI Focus area:
Migration and Local Governance
The JMDI, with its partners UNITAR and KNOMAD, is pleased to announce that the Second Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development successfully took place on 12-13 of November in the City of Quito, Ecuador and gathered 86 Mayors, City Representatives and International Organizations who discussed topics on migration, development and human mobility.

The JMDI, with its partners UNITAR and KNOMAD, is pleased to announce that the Second Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development successfully took place on 12-13 of November in the City of Quito, Ecuador and gathered 86 Mayors, City Representatives and members of International Organisations who discussed topics on migration, development and human mobility.

With the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development was organized by the City Council of Quito, in collaboration with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) and the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI).

The Mayoral Forum is an annual global gathering of Mayors and senior city administrators and other local and regional authorities, with the international community of inter-governmental experts, academics, donors and NGOs.  Its main purposes are to strategize and propose new and innovative approaches to urban governance in contexts of greater diversity, and to support cities’ implementation of migration policies for inclusive growth.

 

[Second Mayoral Forum in Quito]

Mauricio Rodas, Mayor of Quito, expressed during the Opening Ceremony that “It is essential to promote fora such as these, where different initiatives converge, that allow us, first of all, to ensure full respect for the human rights of people migrating to the cities”. (http://www.teleamazonas.com/2015/11/segundo-foro-mundial-de-alcaldes-se-...)

By recognizing the relevant role of local authorities in the mainstreaming of migration for development, the Forum aimed to share the good practices and relevant research amongst cities managing human mobility and triggering development and provided mayors and municipal leaders with a space to share knowledge and strategize on where cities are and can make inroads into fostering the implementation of the SDGs for the benefit of migrants and their families, and for city dwellers at large. Quito released a Final Outcome Document (available in English, Spanish and French) which brings together the voices of all participants of the Forum into a proposal document that highlights the key role of LRAs in implementing the migration related indicators of the SDGs by looking at specific targeted action areas that correspond to the SDG indicators. The expertise and voice of many other LRAs and other M&D actors globally were also fed into this Document through an e-discussion ran by the JMDI which asked participants to comment on the draft Final Outcome Document and share their good practices and expertise.

[Mayor Rodas siging the Final Outcome Document]

The day prior to the Forum, the JMDI also organized a training session based on the “JMDI Toolbox” and attended by at least 13 local authorities and stakeholders that were also participating in the Forum.  The course aimed to provide the attendees with an overall knowledge on the links between migration and development and on the complementarity of the different actors involved in local M&D processes. The training also raised awareness amongst the participants about the opportunities for territorial partnerships and cooperation within and across borders and the specific role of migrants ‘agency for development.

 

[Cecile Riallant, JMDI Programme Manager presenting the toolbox to Mayor Rodas]

The Third Mayoral Forum on Migration and Development will take place in Quezon City, Philippines from 20 to 21 September 2016.

Read the Final Outcome Document in English here.

Lea el Documento Final en Español aquí.

Pour lire la version en français du Document Final cliquez ici

To watch a video about the II Forum please click here.