Third Global Mayoral Forum - Quezon City, Philippines


Thu, 09/29/2016 to Fri, 09/30/2016

Type of event


Thematic area

Local Authorities


The Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development is the annual gathering of mayors and city leaders serving to promote globally relevant policy dialogue, foster the exchange of experiences in governing migration, and strategize on how to work collectively. It seeks to support new and innovative approaches to urban governance in contexts of greater diversity, and to showcase city leadership in the implementation of migration policies for inclusive growth.

During the Second Mayoral Forum in Quito last 12-13 November 2015, participating cities endorsed the Quito Local Agenda on Migration and Development that outlines a more visible and explicit understanding of the role played by local administrations in the implementation of the SDGs.


Theme of the 3rd Mayoral Forum:

Considering the pressing challenges facing cities today, the Quezon City Mayoral Forum will have a two-pronged emphasis on: the role of diaspora in furthering development in communities of origin and destination; and the inclusion and protection of migrants and refugees in vulnerable situations within urban centres.

Thus, the themes of the Third Mayoral Forum are:

  • Promoting Economic Development and Human Prosperity – supporting the role of diaspora in furthering development in communities of origin and destination
  • Delivering effective protection to the forcibly displaced.

For more information, see the programme here

The Third Mayoral Forum will take place in Quezon City from 29-30th September.


Working modalities:

Mayoral representation is expected from at least 60 countries around the world. In addition, international and regional organizations, networks of local and regional authorities and civil society representatives will be invited as observers, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the World Bank, the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).

The Mayoral Forum aims to foster open dialogue among local leaders participating in the meeting. Chatham House rules will apply, allowing Mayors to share their experiences, challenges and concerns in managing diversity in their cities.

Discussions will be guided by experts, who will act as rapporteurs and prepare the draft daily Summaries for Action, collecting relevant key recommendations and findings from participants.


Complementary training day:

Alongside this event, The Joint Migration and Development Initiative will conduct a one-day training based on the My JMDI Toolbox training materials for participants attending the 3rd Global Mayoral Forum in Quezon City. This training session will take place on September 28th 9 am to 5 pm and will bring participants together to discuss and learn about the topics that will be addressed in the Mayoral Forum.

The training session will help:

  • develop the understanding of the linkages between M&D at the international, national and local level and their contextualization of local realities;
  • reinforce the capacities of local actors in planning and implementing coherent frameworks for M&D at the local level;
  • identify all relevant stakeholders and operationalizing partnerships necessary to increase the impact and sustainability of local M&D initiatives;
  • provide concrete tools for the institutionalization and territorialisation of the M&D nexus and the related actions and policies at local level.

The training will be based on a need assessment that you can download (in English, French and Spanish) following this link:


Civil Society Days:

A dedicated event with Civil Society is being coordinated by the Migrant Forum in Asia (more information will be available soon). This is likely to take place prior to the training day.


Apply and register to attend here:

The deadline to register to attend the event has now passed.

Preparing for the conference:

This policy brief outlines the role of cities in integrating migrants as a pre-requisite for development. 



For the first time in history, more people are living in urban areas than in rural ones.  It comes as no surprise that cities are the main entry points for migrants, since they provide the necessary economic opportunities and the desired social networks.  Cities are the closest level of government to citizens, and migrants often identify with their new city over any other reference point. Cities are at the forefront of integrating newcomers, and they often do so without the support and resources needed.  As a group of mayors assembled on this topic conceded during the first Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development in Barcelona on June 2014: “We receive migrants but often act beyond our powers; we need more tools.” 

Globally, local authorities develop practical solutions and apply inventive approaches to migration governance, integrating migration into development planning; seeking to minimize the negative effects of migration; fostering connections between migrants’ territories of origin and destination; developing innovative policies that are often replicated elsewhere; and implementing policies that facilitate “living together” for all city residents including internal and international migrants and refugees.

Despite these constructive in-roads, progress varies significantly by region.  Moreover, a lack of capacities and support can severely hinder city administrations’ ability to respond effectively to greater diversity. The international community is therefore increasingly acting as direct support to city administrations in order for them to develop the technical capacities required to meet the challenges of greater diversity.  It can open access and dialogue amongst different levels of governance so that the fruits of city-to-city exchanges become part of the consciousness of inter-governmental dialogues such as the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).  And, just as significantly, it can play a central convening role bringing voice to city leadership that shares progressive views on greater human mobility; understands the very practical challenges and opportunities elicited by it; and is thinking creatively of new ways to translate diversity into productivity and economic development. In today’s context, where many consider migrants and refugees societal burdens, the Mayoral Forum supports bold leadership, courage and dialogue rooted in global values founded in justice and equity for all.



This event is supported and co-organized by the JMDI, alongside the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and DevelopmentUNITARIOMUCLG, the KNOMAD of the World Bankthe Asian Development Bank and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas.