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.



Developing a global partnership on migration and development in the post-2015 agenda

With one out of seven people on the planet being on the move, migration and the networks it creates will be a defining feature of the twenty-first century, affecting the lives of people, communities and countries around the world. Migration is driven by development opportunities, but it also drives development and enables people to lead a better life. Although migration and development are inextricably linked, the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) make no reference to human mobility. With less than 1,000 days to the 2015 “finish line” set to achieve the MDGs, a lively and highly participatory discussion on a successor framework – the United Nations post-2015 development agenda – is under way. A first milestone in the process defining the next development agenda was reached at the end of May 2013, when the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to lay out a vision for the post-2015 agenda, presented its report, A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development (United Nations, 2013a).


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