Global Cooperation Stressed to Achieve SDGs, Implement GCM

Global migration experts have called for taking coordinated efforts by all stakeholders to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Participating in the 5-day “Peer to Peer Learning” at Java in Indonesia, they emphasized on enhanced global cooperation to implement the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), adopted by the UN members states in December  last year.

The global experts made the observations while speaking at the P2P Learning on “A world on the move: Enriching migration cycle for the benefit of all” which ended on Friday (September 20).

The meeting called for increased global cooperation among different stakeholders including the government, non-government, civil society and diaspora organizations to achieve SDGs and implement the GCM.

The P2P learning was organized by the Global Academy on Migration and Development (GAMD) and the Philippines-based development organization, Atikha in collaboration with the German development organization GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development/BMZ PMD, according to a press release.

The new instrument, “Peer to Peer Learning” was aimed at creating spaces for cross-regional knowledge exchange, where different stakeholders could share lessons learned and best practices in the migration governance, directly linked to migration-related SDGs and goals of the GCM.

The Peer to Peer learning kicked off on 16 September 2019 at the Pullman hotel conference room in Java, Indonesia.

The opening ceremony started with the welcome speech by Bikash Chowdhury Barua, Director GAMD, Makhdonal Anwar, Coordinator, Program, Migration and Diaspora in Indonesia, Syamsul Ibad, Coordinator, M&D and Diaspora GIZ Indonesia, Mai Dizon Anonuevo, Executive Director of GAMD and Jose Iban Galvaz, Director GAMD.

Peter Garrett and Jane Bal of Dialogues Associates also addressed the opening session.

The Dialogue Associates introduced a new method (professional dialogue) of engaging all participants in the discussions to share their experiences and thoughts on Migration and Development through which at the end of the P2P learning they were able to find out a common understanding and purpose and to act in an aligned way.

Earlier, in the opening session in her speech Mai Dizon explained the background and purpose the Global Academy saying, ‘GAMD will seek to share existing good practices of all stakeholders that harness the development potential of migration through diaspora engagement and reintegration.

She added,’ Academy is a pool of practitioners from CSOs, governments, academe and private sector with expertise in implementing and supporting migration and development initiatives (from policies to actions, from national to local levels) at both ends.’

On the closing day, Joachim Langbein, Migration Sector Project, GIZ, Germany addressing the participants said that the P2P in Indonesia was a first step towards the target of achieving the goals aiming at the development of migration and development. 

He underscored the need for the implementation of the ideas , put those into practice and make advantage of digital tools to connect and implement.

The countries represented in the five day long P2P learning program include: Indonesia, Philippines, India, Nepal, Ecuador, Mexico, Netherlands, Germany, U.K., Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. GAMD plans to organize its next Peer to Peer Learning in Germany early next year.

Board of Directors of GAMD

Earlier, Global Academy on Migration and Development (GAMD) unanimously elected 5-member Board of Directors. They are: Mai Dizon Anonuevo (Executive Director) from Philippines, Efrain Jimenez (Mexico-US), Freesca Syafitri (Indonesia), Jose Iban Galvaz (Ecuador-UK) and Bikash Chowdhury Barua (Netherlands).

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