10 January 2013 – ESCAP, on behalf of the UN Regional Commissions, assumed the chairmanship of the Global Migration Group on 1 January 2013, for a period of six months. The Group is an inter-agency body bringing together 15 UN entities and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to promote the wider application of relevant international and regional instruments and standards relating to migration and development.
The Group was established by the Secretary-General in early 2006 in response to a recommendation of the Global Commission on International Migration for the establishment of a high-level inter-institutional group of agencies involved in migration-related activities. The Group aims to improve the overall effectiveness and coherence of normative and operational responses by the UN system and the international community to the opportunities and challenges presented by international migration.
During its chairmanship, ESCAP will focus on implementing the outcomes of the recently concluded meeting of the GMG Principals in November 2012 as well as on the preparations for the High-level Dialogue of the General Assembly on international migration and development in October 2013.