On 19 of September 2016, the Heads of States and Governments and High representatives adopted the political “New York Declaration for Refugees and Migration” which calls for states to consider committing to a unifying framework on all aspects of international migration, integrating humanitarian and development work, and based on human rights.
A month after the New York Declaration, UN Member States adopted the New Urban Agenda (NUA), at the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador. For the first time, a UN commitment fully integrates migration in the strategic planning and management of cities and urban systems while affirming the human rights of all inhabitants, regardless of a migrant’s reasons for moving, length of stay or legal status. The organizers anticipate that the efforts of local governments in this regard will contribute upwards to the national implementation of the NUA.
The Global Conference on Cities and Migration aims to combine current thinking around international migration and sustainable urban development in order to contribute to the implementation of the urban dimensions for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including, but not limited to, Sustainable Development Goal 11, which has been designed to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
To realise this goal, it is imperative to provide migrants with access to basic services, guarantee their rights and promote and facilitate their inclusion and participation to the social, political and economic local fabric in order to contribute to the achievement of this specific goal.
Hosted by the City of Mechelen and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Belgian Federal Government, and coordinated by IOM, UCLG and UN-Habitat, the Global Conference on Cities and Migration will be a preparatory event for energizing both local governments’ contribution to developing a Global Compact on Migration and reviewing the status of the implementation of the recent migration-related commitments of the international community.
For registration, programme, events application and practical information, visit: http://citiesandmigration.com/