The Local Agenda on Migration and Development The Second Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development Quito Outcome Document (2015)

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Taking place in Quito, Ecuador on 12-13 November 2015, the Quito Mayoral Forum gathered 86 Mayors, City Representatives and International Organizations to discuss priorities and challenges with respect to human mobility and local development in a time of rapid urbanization. The Forum is supported by the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI), UNITAR and KNOMAD of the World Bank, and financed by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC).

The annual Mayoral Forum is a city-led initiative aimed at providing a globally relevant space for mayors and municipal leadership to strategise on how to work collectively, stay engaged, and gain support for their policies and activities relating to promoting economic development in a context of diversity; share experiences and concrete recommendations on how to progress in leveraging the development outcomes of greater migration and mobility, and successfully managing diversity; launch new initiatives with on the ground impact within and between cities; and build greater coherence and understanding between different layers of governance in this field.

This Agenda comes at a moment in time when the international community as a whole is grappling with the protection of refugees and vulnerable migrants, while seeking to understand the full implications of a more mobile world including on how the positive impacts of migration can contribute to development in communities of origin and destination.  As highlighted during the First Mayoral Forum that took place in Barcelona in June 2014, cities can and must be considered an integral partner in migration-related decisions that will ultimately be implemented by them.

The Quito Local Agenda is therefore a strategic document that can provide insights into key deliberations including those relating to the preparatory process for the UN Habitat III Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development taking place in Quito on 17-20 October 2016, the migration component of the Toolkit being prepared by UNDP, UN Habitat and the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments on how to implement the SDGs at the local level, and the work of UNITAR’s Global CIFAL Network.

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Thematic area

  • Local Authorities

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Number of pages

14 pages

Focus area

Migration and Local Governance

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Alcaldia de Quito, JMDI, UNITAR, KNOMAD, SDC

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