Signing of updated MOU between the World Health Organization and IOM
This signing comes at an opportune moment with the recent adoption of the Global Compact for Migration with several health-related commitments and actions; the forthcoming adoption of a WHO Global Action Plan for Promoting Health of Refugees and Migrants and IOM’s continued efforts towards inclusion of migration health in Universal Health Coverage (for achievement of SDG3.8) to be discussed at the 2019 UN General Assembly.
Health, just like all other governance areas are affected by and affect migration. Migration is a social determinant of health that can impact the well-being of individuals and communities. It can improve the health status of migrants and their families by escaping from persecution and violence, by improving socioeconomic status, by offering better education opportunities, and by increasing purchasing power for ‘left behind’ family members thanks to remittances. From health to housing and employment to education, migration affects and is affected by all governance areas and its good governance is therefore relevant for all 17 Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Migrants and migration must be considered in all aspects of implementing the SDGs because by strengthening coherence between migration and development agendas, migration policies can improve development outcomes, and development policies can improve migration outcomes.
The implementation of the SDGs provides an opportunity to protect and empower mobile populations to fulfil their development potential.
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