German-Moroccan Co-Chairmanship of the GFMD 2017-2018
Enlarge image Germany and Morocco have assumed the co-chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2018. (© GFMD 2017) On 1 January 2017, Germany and Morocco took over the Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The 2017 ministerial level Forum Meeting will be hosted by Germany from 28-30 June in Berlin.
The GFMD is an initiative of the United Nations (UN) Member States to address the legal migration and development interconnections in practical and action-oriented ways. It is an informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led process, open to all State Members and Observers of the UN.
This year’s annual Forum Meeting will be dedicated to the motto “Towards a Global Social Contract on Migration and Development”. In particular, the balance of interests between migrants and their countries of origin, transit states and destinations will be addressed within the framework of regular and orderly migration.
Germany and Morocco are the first countries to jointly head the GFMD. Through the co‑chairmanship, they will be symbolically bridging the Mediterranean and highlighting the close link between Europe and Africa. This will help emphasize the positive aspects of migration, as well as the need for orderly and safe migration in order to further develop global migration objectives.