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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

UAE chairs 3rd regional consultative meeting of Global Forum on Migration and Development 2020

The UAE chaired the third regional consultative meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development at the level of Asia, which was virtually held yesterday (Monday) with the participation of more than 35 countries.

The consultative meeting comes as part of a series of regional meetings of the consultative forum chaired by the UAE, which is the first Gulf country to chair the forum, whose 13th edition witnessed the participation of more than 190 member states from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The meeting discussed ways of enhancing the use of modern technologies to regulate migration and development and deal with them in a way that supports systems and partnerships among the concerned international organizations, Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Acting Assistant Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) for Communication and International Relations, said.

The UAE government is very keen on supporting the Global Forum on Migration and Development in implementation of its related vision in light of the considerable changes witnessed by the entire world at all levels including the future of labor and protection of immigrants, not to mention illegal immigration issues including the effects of Covid-19 pandemic, he added.

Al Nuaimi affirmed that the forum’s third consultative meeting is aimed at reinforcing the use of modern technologies and protecting immigrants in line with a work program agreed upon by the members and with the positive interest in dealing with current and future challenges related to issues of common concern.

By presiding over the forum, the UAE seeks to support partnerships with a view to promoting the exchange of views on relevant issues among the member countries, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector, he added, noting that the forum organized six regional online consultations: two in Asia, two in Africa, one in Latin America and one in Europe. Three other consultations would be opened in the few coming weeks, he said.   

Al Nuaimi pointed out that the consultative meeting reviewed the UAE’s vision on the future of jobs and labor mobility governance in light of several challenges including the massive technological development, the negative impacts of the global economy and the importance of preserving labor rights.

The remote consultative meeting was attended by heads of delegations, senior officials from the forum’s member countries, representatives of international organizations concerned with migration and labor issues, NGOs and the private sector.

The Global Forum on Migration and Development organizes its work through holding consultative sessions centered on the agenda of the current session in the presence of stakeholders and members, each as per his interest in the topics presented. Recommendations, visuals and remarks are collected to be taken into account when formulating the outputs of the current session of the forum, which are submitted to the United Nations after being approved by all the forum’s members and stakeholders.

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