Guidance Note - Integrating Migration and Displacement in United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs)

Migration and mobility of people are critical for sustainable development. For this reason, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 recognize migration and displacement as a core development consideration. Understanding the gendered nature of migration and responding to the specific challenges faced by women and girls on the move is crucial to ensure sustainable development. Among many explicit targets on migration and displacement, the 2030 Development Agenda states that “migration is a multi-dimensional reality of major relevance for the development of countries of origin, transit and destination, which requires coherent and comprehensive responses.”

This echoes the recognition of migration as a development enabler and the need for a comprehensive policy response in the Outcome Document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development held in July 2015, known as the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (paragraph 111). In September 2016, all 193 UN Member States adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants that recognizes that our world is a better place for the contribution made by refugees and migrants to inclusive growth and sustainable development. The benefits and opportunities of safe, orderly and regular migration are substantial and are often underestimated.


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