The Ecuadorian Chairmanship of 2019 comes at a critical juncture: following the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration (GCM) and the Global Compact for Refugees (GCR) in 2018, and coming at a time where large movements of refugees and migrants remain a pressing political, policy and operational challenge.
Before assuming the GFMD Chairmanship, Ecuador has been actively involved in the GFMD as a member of the Steering Group, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the GCM and 2030 Agenda, and the GFMD Expert Review Team. It was also co-chair of several GFMD Roundtable Sessions, and has actively participated in the Migration Laboratory. Outside of the GFMD, Ecuador was significantly involved in the development of the GCM, putting it in an excellent position to carry the GFMD forward in close coordination with this process.
In this context, Ecuador, under the leadership of designated Chair of the GFMD 2019 Mr. Santiago Javier Chávez Pareja, Vice Minister for Human Mobility of Ecuador, brings to the GFMD process its expertise as a major receiving country for migrants and refugees with world-recognized migration policies, and an active voice in international migration affairs. It also represents a return of the Chairmanship to Latin America for the first time since 2010.
The Ecuadorian Chairmanship is focused on the central theme: “Sustainable approaches to human mobility: Upholding rights, strengthening state agency, and advancing development through partnerships and collective action.” Under this theme, the main three substantive focuses of the Chairmanship are:
Joint responses to mixed migration flows: Partnerships and collective action to protect rights.
Migration narratives and communication: What role, responsibility and resources do governments have?
Addressing human mobility as part of urban and rural development strategies.
The 2019 GFMD Chair has also set a number of concrete priorities for continuing and enhancing the GFMD process this year. Specifically, the Chair has laid out a plan to follow up on the recommendations of the Ten-Year Review Report released in 2018; support the implementation and follow up of international commitments, notably the GCM and the 2030 Agenda; and convene a number of thematic and regional meetings throughout the year to address substantive and institutional priorities.
The Chair’s substantive and operational priorities are outlined in the Draft GFMD 2019 Concept Paper which was presented to the GFMD participating Member States and partners in February 2019.
The Twelfth GFMD Summit will be held in late November 2019 in Quito, Ecuador. More details will be provided closer to the date.
Information concerning the GFMD preparatory activities leading to the Quito Summit can be found here: https://gfmd.org/docs/ecuador-2019