Stockholm: Civil societies discussed in Stockholm a stand-alone goal to remove the obstacles that block migrants and migration from achieving human and economic development.
Civil society groups are holding meetings in Sweden as part of the Peoples' Global Action (PGA) on Migration and Human Rights organised prior to the 2014 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), which is scheduled to be held from May 14 till 16.
The GFMD is a voluntary, informal, non-binding and government-led process open to all States Members and Observers of the United Nations, to advance understanding and cooperation on the mutually reinforcing relationship between migration and development and to foster practical and action-oriented outcomes.
"Preventing and addressing international human trafficking and violence against migrants, improving systemic responses to forced migration and reducing inefficiencies that generate large numbers of migrants lacking proper documentation are the goals we have decided to push at the GFMD," John Bingham, the Head of Policy of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) in Geneva, said.
ICMC is a network of the Catholic bishops conferences worldwide. The civil societies discussed the steps to be adopted and changes to be mooted as the completion of United Nation's Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is nearing soon.
The civil societies also have set eight more goals similar to the MDGs, like creating jobs, ending poverty, empowering girls and women and achieving gender equality, providing quality education, ensuring healthy living, good governance, peacefully societies and creating a global enabling environment for development with new partnerships.
Meanwhile, Raul Delgado Wise, president of the International Migration and Development Network, said that migration should be considered as a transversal topic which includes reduction of economical, political and social gaps among countries and region.
"Improving the living and the working conditions of the working class and transforming the current nature of migration," is also needed to better the situation, Raul who is also Director of the Doctoral Program in Development Studies at the University of Zacatecas (Mexico), added.
More than 450 delegates from 140 countries are arriving in Sweden in the coming days in groups to attend the GFMD.
The GFMD process brings together expertise from all regions and countries at all stages of economic, social and political development. Policy-makers from a wide range of government agencies participate, including from Ministries and Departments of Immigration, Development, Labour, Foreign Affairs, Gender Equality, Home Affairs, Justice, Interior, Integration and Nationals Abroad.
Since its inception, GFMD has operated on the basis of a unique participative working method, involving governments and policy makers from a varied background. UN and other international agencies, including those that make up the Global Migration Group , as well as academia and civil society organizations, as appropriate and desired by governments are involved in the process.
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