Global Mayoral Forum


The Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development (“Mayoral Forum”) is the annual City-led dialogue on migration and development, supported by local, regional and international partners.  Launched at the UN General Assembly’s Second High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (HLD) in 2013, it provides an incubating space where local leaders can share practical and inventive solutions for governing migration, protecting rights and promoting inclusive urban economic growth.

The Mayoral Forum offers an opportunity to explore how good practices can be replicated in other cities, and to identify the resources required for implementation.  What is more, the Mayoral Forum acts as a bridge, opening access for cities and regional governments to policy circles where they can inform, and be informed by, national and international policy-making. In so doing, it fosters local adaptation and implementation of common principles, based on international standards. 

The Mayoral Forum is supported by the UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI), UNITAR, IOM and the World Bank, with financial contributions from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation,  the KNOMAD-World Bank, and its hosting cities. 

Mayoral forums


Samedi, décembre 8, 2018

Theme City Leadership in Implementing the UN Global Compacts

Date 8 December 2018

Location Pullman Marrakch Palmeraie Resort & Spa Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco



Lundi, juin 26, 2017 - Mardi, juin 27, 2017

Theme: “Mayors as Humanitarian and Development Actors: Preparing, Welcoming and Integrating”

Date: June 26-27, 2017

Location: Rotes Rathaus (City Hall) in Berlin, Germany


Jeudi, septembre 29, 2016 - Vendredi, septembre 30, 2016

The Third Global Mayoral Forum took place in Quezon City, Philippines from September 29-30, 2016 and gathered 119 Mayors, City Representatives and members of International Organisations from 26 different countries. The focus of this Forum was two pronged, looking at: a) the role of diaspora in furthering development in communities of origin and destination; and b) the inclusion and protection of migrants and refugees in vulnerable situations within urban centres.


Jeudi, novembre 12, 2015 - Vendredi, novembre 13, 2015



Jeudi, juin 19, 2014 - Vendredi, juin 20, 2014

The First Global Mayoral Forum took place in Barcelona, Spain from June 19-20, 2014 and gathered 30 Mayors and City Representatives.