Upcoming JMDI Seminar at the Committee of the Regions - April 9, 2013


Mon, 04/08/2013

Type of event


Thematic area

Local Authorities



The event titled “Migration, mobility and development: which role for regional and local authorities?” seeks to highlight the increasingly important role that municipalities and local authorities play in making migration work for development.


The Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) – implemented by UNDP in collaboration with its partners IOM, ILO, UNHCR, UN WOMEN and UNFPA, and funded by the European Union and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation - in partnership with the Regione Puglia, and the European Regional and Local Authorities on Asylum and Immigration Network (ERLAI) is holding an associated seminar, titled “Migration, mobility and development: which role for regional and local authorities?”, that will take place on Tuesday April 9, 2013 from 9am – 1pm at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. 

You can find the background note and the agenda attached below.

To register for the seminar please click here.

This seminar will take place within the 3rd Assises of Decentralized Cooperation, an event organized by the European Union’s Committee of the Regions that aims to strengthen the inclusion of local and regional authorities into the development cooperation policies and to enlarge EU partnership among the different actors and stakeholders active in the development field. The seminar will contribute to bringing together local and regional authorities' representatives from the EU and developing countries to exchange their views and hold a political dialogue with the European institutions on development cooperation. In addition, this seminar specifically aims at strengthening JMDI’s efforts to offer spaces in the international and domestic arena that foster the exchange of knowledge and experiences between local authorities in the area of migration and development. 

This event also marks a first opportunity for the JMDI to promote its second phase which has started in December 2012. Designed to specifically target local authorities that have a stake in local development and migration issues, the JMDI will make the case for adopting a territorial approach in order to harness the potential of migration for development. Drawing on the experiences from a wide range of migration and development experts (please refer to the agenda to see the full list of speakers), the seminar will address key issues such as effective partnerships between local authorities and diaspora groups; the involvement of local authorities in the implementation process of the EU’s Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM) ; and the links between migrants’ capitals and local economic development. 

JMDI's Programme Manager, Ms. Cécile Riallant, will take part in the panel and discuss our strategy to promote a territorial approach to migration and development and to involve local authorities in our forthcoming activities. In addition, she will present the findings and recommendations of a mapping report that the JMDI has commissioned. The study mapped local authorities' interventions in the area of migration and development, and assessed local practices, partnerships and capacity building needs. 

Not to be missed is another associated event titled “Decentralized Cooperation: towards a Multi-stakeholder and Multi – level approach” which is organized by UNDP’s international cooperation initiative that promotes a territorial approach to development, the ART GOLD programme. By exploring the added value of involving a multitude of development actors in the initiatives carried out by local and regional authorities, this seminar will draw on experiences that have improved the efficiency and impact of decentralized cooperation frameworks. 

The JMDI looks forward to welcoming interested migration and development actors with experience in decentralized cooperation at the event and to explore together the important role of local authorities by exposing the challenges and  opportunities that they are faced with when addressing migration and development issues.

For more information about the local dimension of migration and development, please visit the M4D goes local section on our website. It highlights the competences that local authorities have in this field and provides useful links to networks and interesting local initiatives. 

For any further questions, please contact us:  jmdi.pmu@undp.org

The JMDI Team