Geneva, Switzerland, January 24, 2024 — Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) is actively participating in the Fourteenth Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit held in Geneva from January 23rd to January 25th. The summit, a pivotal platform for dialogue on migration-related issues, gathered international stakeholders, government representatives, and civil society organizations.
For this particular summit, the Chairmanship invited stakeholders to examine the migration, climate, and sustainable development nexus to identify ways to prevent or better manage climate-induced forced displacements. It also considered ensuring that movements occur under safe and decent conditions for those forcibly displaced internally or externally due to climate change or environmental causes.
In this Presidency, the impact of climate change on human mobility has been the central theme. Additionally, the Presidency identified these six thematic priorities:
- The impact of climate change on human mobility: Preventive action, humanitarian action, and development
- Rights and migration: Working to guarantee the health, safety, and rights of immigrants
- Diasporas: Actors of the economic, social, and cultural development of the regions
- Labor migration: Promoting economic inclusion of immigrants
- Improve the perception of migration in public opinion through narratives, culture, emotion, and rational discourse
- Multi-level governance: Bringing together different stakeholders to improve migration management
Representatives from SIMN engaged in key sessions, contributing insights and perspectives on addressing the challenges posed by global migration. The organization emphasized the importance of collaboration between governments and faith-based entities, advocating for the effective application of legal frameworks and highlighting the essential role of humanitarian organizations.
As SIMN continues its mission to serve migrants and displaced communities globally, the organization remains steadfast in its dedication to influencing policies, fostering partnerships, and contributing to meaningful discussions at prominent international forums such as the GFMD.