Bangladesh for Engaging Parliamentarians with GFMD Actions
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Bangladesh called upon the Global Forum on Migration and Development to strongly involve the parliamentarians across the globe with its activities so that the people’s representatives could play vital roles in implementation process of the prescribed targets and goals.

As the parliamentarians are elected representatives of the people, they remain well-connected with their constituencies and can successfully take development programs to the grassroots level.

Speaking at a side-event titled on ‘Contribution of the Global Forum on Migration and Development for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda’ the delegation of the Bangladesh Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development made the remarks.

The GFMD organized the side event on Thursday in sidelines with the United Nation High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goals at a conference room of the UN Headquarter in New York.

A delegation of Bangladesh Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development led by its chairman Israfil Alam MP, has been taking part in the HLPF since it started on July 9.

Global migration expert and also member of the Bangladesh delegation Syed Saiful Haque told the side-event that the GFMD should engage more parliamentarians allocating them wider places for actions on the ground.

He called upon the GFMD chair-in-office of Ecuador who attended the side event to raise the funds for the GFMD to bring more classes and sections of people across the world under the purview of its activities.

Due to lack of fund, many key stakeholders are often unable to take part in the GFMD programs, said Saiful, also chairman of the WARBE Development Foundation, a grassroots organization of returnee migrants based in Bangladesh.

Caucus chairman Israfil Alam MP and its member Mahjabeen Khaled, were present at the side- event, said officials in New York.

Colin Rajah, the International Coordinator of the Global Coalition on Migration, also presented his remarks at the meeting on behalf of the Civil Society Day’s (CSD) Coordinating Office.

According to information available, the GFMD is a voluntary and informal state-led process and it does not have a regular funding mechanism. Financial contributions are offered on a voluntary basis to rotating Chairmanships.

The objectives of the GFMD are to provide a venue for policy-makers and high-level policy practitioners to informally discuss relevant policies and practical challenges and opportunities of the migration-development nexus, and engage with other stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations, experts and migrant organizations to foster practical and action-oriented outcomes at national, bilateral and international level;

Other objectives are also to exchange good practices and experiences, which can be duplicated or adapted in other circumstances, to identify information, policy and institutional gaps necessary to foster synergies and greater policy coherence at national, regional and international levels between the migration and development policy areas and establish partnerships and cooperation between countries, and between countries.

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