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Global Experts Meeting on Migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Global Experts Meeting on Migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda tookplace in the context of increasing recognition that migration is a key driver of sustainabledevelopment.

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IOM signs MoU with German Embassy for Document Verification

On January 19, 2015, IOM and the German Embassy signed a Memorandum of Understanding which gives IOM the authority to verify educational documents of applicants to various academic institutions of Germany for Undergraduate and Masters Programme.

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IOM continues to expand Migration Health Department

IOM provide Health Assessment services to immigrants bound to Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and the United States, along with promoting the health of migrants and their host communities.

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Raising Migration Awareness through Street Theatre all over Bangladesh.

Using medium of street theatres and community meetings with potential migrants and local government officials at grass roots level, IOM has been raising awareness on key issues related to safe and orderly migration.

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Comprehensive Service Delivery for vulnerable population of Cox’s Bazar

Working together with Government of Bangladesh (GoB) increase access to Primary Health Care and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services for vulnerable and hard to reach communities in Cox’s Bazar.

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National Consultation on Human Trafficking and Smuggling through the South East region of Bangladesh, December 9th, 2014

On December 9th, 2014, IOM together with UNHCR organized a National Consultation to discuss issues related to human trafficking and smuggling through the South East region of Bangladesh.

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OPENING OF CAFÉ JOYEETA

Café Joyeeta (previously Kafe Mukti), in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Mukti project, re-opened its Department of Women Affairs outlet this Tuesday, 4th March.

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New address of Migration Health Assessment Clinic - IOM MHAC

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An inter governmental organization established in 1951, IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

  • Membership increased from 67 States in 1998 to 157 States in 2014 and continues to grow
  • IOM offices in more than 150 countries
  • Field Location increased from 119 in 1998 to more than 481
  • Active Projects increased from 686 in 1998 to more than 2,396 in 204
  • Operational Staff increased from approximately 1,100 in 1998 to more than 9,000 almost entirely in the Filed
  • Total expenditure increased from USD 242.2 million in 1998 to USD 2039 million in 2014
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Global Experts Meeting on Migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Global Experts Meeting on Migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda tookplace in the context of increasing recognition that migration is a key driver of sustainabledevelopment. During 28-29th of April 2014, experts from a wide range of countries gathered in Dhaka to discuss how theforthcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), currently being debated at theUnited Nations, can better facilitate the positive role of migration, migrants and mobilityin overall socio-economic development. The resulting recommendations aim inter alia tounderline before the UN Open Working Group (OWG) relevant elements so as to makethe Goals and Targets migration inclusive with the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The Meeting, co-hosted by Bangladesh and Switzerland, drew 132 experts/delegatesrepresenting 62 countries as well as 34 international and civil society organizations. Inthe sessions, the experts debated on issues related to: Migration and Economic Growth;Migration and Decent Work; Migration and Education; Migration and Health; Migrationand Means of Implementation / Global Partnerships; and The Next Steps – National,Regional and Global Levels.

The Meeting was inaugurated by H. E. Sheikh Hasina, Honorable Prime Minister of the People Republic of Bangladesh. Theinauguration was also addressed by Foreign Minister– MrAbul Hassan Mahmood Ali;Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister – KhandkerMosharrafHossain; and Planning Minister - AFM Mostafa Kamal from the Bangladesh Governmentalong with Sir Peter Sutherland, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General;Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Director General, IOM (delivered by OvaisSarmad, onbehalf of the DG); Ambassador Eduard Gnesa, Special Ambassador of the SwissConfederation for International Cooperation in Migration; and Neal Walker, ResidentCoordinator for the UN in Bangladesh.

In view of the ongoing discussions within theOWG on SDGs, the Meeting recognized a strongneed to secure migration within the emergingframework of the Post-2015 DevelopmentAgenda. In that direction, the Meeting reachedconvergence on a number of possible specifictargets and indicators that could be advancedwithin the Post-2015 global discourses. It wasfurther agreed that the ‘Recommendations’would also be advanced within the UnitedNations and also at appropriate national, regional and global platforms, including at theupcoming Seventh Meeting of the GlobalForum on Migration and Development (GFMD)(Stockholm, May 2014) and within the workplan of the incoming GFMD Chair (Turkey, 2015).

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