The Fourth Global Mayoral Forum on Mobility, Migration and Development in Berlin 

Theme: “Mayors as Humanitarian and Development Actors:  Preparing, Welcoming and Integrating”

Date: June 26-27, 2017

Location: Berliner Rathaus (City Hall) in

Berlin, Germany



The concept of this year’s Global Mayoral Forum will be “Mayors as Humanitarian and Development Actors: Preparing, Welcoming and Integrating.” Thus, Mayors from around the world are invited to share their experiences in straddling the humanitarian imperatives of reception of large numbers of new arrivals whether from conflict, natural disaster or other phenomena. Mayors will also be invited to speak on the subject of longer-term challenges of governing integration: fostering pluralism, by which recognition of the value of diversity also implies acknowledging its complexities and struggles. In this connection, they will discuss whether and if so how, migration has fostered economic growth and human development in their communities. Lastly, Mayors will be invited to explain progress through city-to-city partnerships, and the value of networks amongst cities within their countries, regions and beyond to learn about new and promising policies and practices. More information on this year’s focus is available via the concept note and programme.

The Berlin Forum is planned to dovetail the Global Mayoral Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) that is taking place also in Berlin from June 28-30. The GFMD is a voluntary and non-binding process which is government-led and open to all Member States and Observers of the United Nations, with the objective being to advance understanding around migration and development linkages as well as to advance action-oriented outcomes. The GFMD has already linked Civil Society to this process and is looking to also include the voices of local actors. Thus, Mayors who participate in the Mayoral Forum and who wish to stay on for the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) are encouraged to do so through their national delegation, or by inquiring with the GFMD Secretariat directly []. 

The Mayoral Forum sessions are configured in such a way as to have cities provide their views on the topics that will be discussed amongst the national delegations during the GFMD. *Detailed leading questions will be shared for consideration, for each Session, in due course.

Preparatory documents and background papers:

  • Session I will focus on: responding to displacement and the relationship with longer-term development solutions at the local level.  Mayors are invited to share their experiences in straddling the humanitarian imperatives of preparation and reception of large numbers of new arrivals whether from conflict, natural disaster or other phenomena. 
  • Session II will focus on: efforts to ensure policy coherence and coordination within government (national and local) with a view to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and additional migration priorities, and the role of cities in this regard.  Mayors are invited to speak on the subject of the longer-term challenges and opportunities of welcoming and integrating newcomers; how to govern diversity by buttressing the development potential of migration and displacement, while also acknowledging migration’s complexities and struggles. 
  • Session III will focus on: how cities are best placed to promote multi-stakeholder partnerships and harness the potential of civil society, the private sector and decentralised cooperation dynamics with other cities in order to make migration work for development. Mayors are invited to share progress in the context of inter-city partnerships, and explore the value of city networks, within their country, between regions and beyond, to learn about new and promising policies and practices.


Training Day on Migration and Local Development: 26th June 


As in the previous two editions, the UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) will conduct a one-day training based on the My JMDI Toolbox training materials for interested participants attending the 4th Global Mayoral Forum. This will bring participants together to discuss and learn about the topics that will be addressed in the Global Mayoral Forum. The training session is therefore a complementary part of the Global Mayoral Forum and will give participants a chance to interact, exchange knowledge and kick start the discussions that will be carried over into the Forum itself. This will be the third training session to be carried out within the context of the Mayoral Forum. Previous editions have been appraised as an excellent capacity building initiative as well as a good tool to kick start dialogue and partnerships among the participants. Indeed, dialogue and partnerships have been formed among various local and regional authorities on this basis.

Time and place:

The training session will take place on June 26th. Although the main working language of the Forum will be English, simultaneous translation will be provided in German, French and in Spanish. Venue will be confirmed soon.

Pre-training phase:

To ensure that the course responds to your needs and interests, registered participants are kindly requested fill in the survey attached, which will take less than 10 minutes and allow us to provide a tailored course based on the results of the survey.

To ensure maximum benefit from this training, we strongly encourage all participants to carry out the e-learning version of the Core Module of the JMDI e-Toolbox in advance of the training, available here. The Core Module will introduce participants to the main concepts related to migration and development at the local level and provided a general base of understanding that will be necessary to follow and understand the content that will be used during the training session.

Training methodology and content:

Based on the results of the questionnaire shared with registered participants, an agenda for the day will be created. The methodology employed for the training with be very participatory and lean heavily on group work for maximum knowledge sharing and stimulation of dialogue ahead of the Forum itself. Participants will be provided with the Toolbox materials in a USB and any necessary printed materials.

The training is based on the JMDI’s training materials’ ‘My JMDI Toolbox’ which was created through the collection of the lessons learnt, experience and good practices of the JMD supported-projects across eight countries globally. 

“My JMDI Toolbox” and complementary online ‘e-Toolbox’ are training materials which offer a flexible and comprehensive tool for local stakeholders (local authorities, civil society, migrants’ associations, academia, international organizations etc.) on how to mainstream migration into local development planning in order to be able to better harness the development potential of migration.

Register now:

To register for the forum (as well as the training, and/or reception), or to apply for a scholarship covering travel and accommodation costs, please click of the respective buttons above. Participation and a scholarship requests must be confirmed by ONLINE REGISTRATION by 1 JUNE 2017, or by filling in a registration form (Français or Españoland/or scholarship form (Français or Españoland emailing it to the Mayoral Forum Secretariat []. For any immediate information or for general inquires relating to the Global Mayoral Forum, please email the Secretariat.