Stronger Cooperation on Migration and Development with new Partnership between UNDP and IOM

Sep 27, 2016

A family of 10 flees the besieged city of Yabrud, Syria in February 2014. Six hours later, they crossed the border into Arsal, Lebanon. Photo: UNHCR/A. McConnell.

New York – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will collaborate even more closely on migration and development, after signing a statement of intent for strengthened cooperation.

The announcement follows IOM formally joining the United Nations as a related organization.

UNDP was one of the first UN agencies to sign an agreement with IOM in its new capacity as a member of the UN system.

The two organizations will now enhance their cooperation on implementing the critical Agenda 2030.

They will also work together to support more sustainable development for migrants and to find new ways for humanitarian and development agencies to work together.

Peacebuilding, crisis recovery, disaster risk reduction and crisis prevention will also be areas for joint work.

The partnership comes as the world responds to unprecedented humanitarian crises, with more people on the move than at any time since the end of the Second World War. This includes a record 65 million people displaced and 244 million international migrants.

The statement of intent was signed by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and IOM Director General Bill Swing in the margins of the historic UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, in New York.

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