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Migration and the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda

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As the target date for the MDG nears in 2015, the international community is faced with both the challenge and the opportunity of formulating the next global development agenda. Although migration was not factored into the MDGs, it plays an integral role in the most crucial development questions facing the world today, including: how to generate inclusive growth and create employment for a growing world population; how to manage new global risks, such as vulnerability to shocks and disasters, and adaptation to climate change; and how to mobilize financing for development in a world of decreasing aid budgets. This publication gathers together recent research findings outlining the links between migration and development and proposing how migration can best be factored into the future development framework, offering a timely contribution to the argument for migration's inclusion in the coming development agenda.

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Labour migration and development indicators in the post-2015 global development framework

In 2000, world leaders at the Millennium Summit of the United Nations agreed on eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that have 20 targets measured by 60 indicators. In 2005, world leaders reaffirmed their desire to achieve the MDGs and made commitments to support development institutions, such as the World Bank, and to reduce the debt owed by heavily indebted poor countries so that they could devote more resources to achieving the MDGs. A World Bank (2010) review of progress on the MDGs noted very uneven progress and laid out a plan of action to achieve them by 2015.

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