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Conference that may be of interest to Civil Society practitioners

Posted by civilsocietyindex on May 15, 2009

athens conferenceThe Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2009 will be held in Athens, Greece on 4th and 5th November 2009. This inter-governmental meeting, hosted by the Government of Greece, will be preceded by two Civil Society Days in Athens on 2nd and 3rd November 2009. Participants in the Civil Society Days will draw on their experiences in the field of migration and development to formulate proposals that will be presented to government representatives during the GFMD.

Applications are now open for representatives of Civil Society actively working on Migration and Development to apply to participate in the Civil Society Days. This is a unique opportunity for civil society organizations, including diaspora groups and migrants associations, to input into the inter-governmental dialogue on making migration work for development. The Joint Migration and Development Initiative strongly encourages organizations to apply.

The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is a state-led, voluntary, informal, and non-binding dialogue focusing on how migration can help achieve development goals. The Forum was created following a proposal by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in September 2006. It brings together senior policymakers from around the world to exchange experiences, identify best practices, and foster interstate cooperation in leveraging migration for the benefit of development. The Forum takes place every year – it was held for the first time in 2007 in Brussels, Belgium and in 2008 it took place in Manila, the Philippines.

Civil Society Days 2009
The overarching theme of both the GFMD 2009 and the Athens Civil Society Days is “Integrating Migration Policies in Development Strategies for the Benefit of All”. In Athens, approximately 200 delegates representing NGOs and other civil society members from around the world will come together for two days to exchange ideas on how to best integrate migration policies into development strategies so that they benefit migrants, as well as countries of origin and destination. Participants in the Civil Society Days will draw on their experiences in the field of migration and development to formulate proposals that will be presented to government representatives during the GFMD.

How to apply
Those interested in participating should fill out the Application Form attached and online here:

http://www.gfmd2009.org/home/application-form.aspx  

The Application Form should be submitted by email only to:
Email: info@gfmd2009.org

Applications by fax or post will not be accepted.
The deadline to receive applications is Monday, 1st June, 2009.

Applicants will be advised from July 10, 2009 onwards whether they have been selected to participate in the conference.

The official website for the GFMD Civil Society Days 2009 (www.gfmd2009.org) provides full details on the events, as well as the opportunity to share experiences, and register to participate in the online dialogue.

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