The GFMD 2022-2023 France-Senegal Co-Chairmanship

Impact of climate change on human mobility

 

From 1 July 2022 and until 31 December 2023, France and Senegal co-chair the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). In order to position the Forum’s discussions at the heart of the 21st century priorities, the co-chairs have chosen “the impact of climate change on human mobility” as their main topic. This issue is dedicated to be the central theme of the co-chairmanship, and to be addressed with a cross-cutting approach through the thematic priorities, as relevant.

Themes and issues

France and Senegal have developed with all of the Forum’s stakeholders, namely representatives of its Mechanisms and Youth Stakeholders Network, the working groups, and members of the Friends of the Forum, an ambitious programme for their joint chairmanship, that reflects and addresses the main challenges and opportunities facing migrations and development and that will be the focus of discussions at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).

This co-chairmanship aims at promoting the GFMD’s work on an international level and ensure its long-term success. Convinced of the added value of knowledge sharing, the co-chairmanship wants to create and strengthen ties between the GFMD and any similar intergovernmental organizations concerned with migration. Only in this way can we succeed together in meeting shared challenges and sustaining the opportunities available to us all.

Program

The co-chairmanship will end in December 2023 after an international summit. Beforehand, two major events will take place during the 18 months of the co-chairmanship, in addition to many labelled events. The milestones of the co-chairmanship program are:

  • The co-chairmanship launch event, will adress the link between climate change and environmental deterioration on the one hand and migrations and development on the other hand. This launch event will take place in Dakar and is supported by the Platform on Disaster Displacements (PDD).
  • A cultural event will take place in autumn 2023. It will focus on the social and cultural contributions of migration, for the migrants themselves as well as for the host, origin and transit countries. It will be held both in the Senegalese Musée des civilisation noires in Dakar, and the French Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration in Paris.
  • The fourteenth Summit of the GFMD will be held in winter 2023 in Paris. It will bring together delegations from many countries and stakeholders of the GFMD to discuss the major challenges for the future and bring out perspectives for safer, more orderly and regular migrations and a more beneficial and sustainable development.