Measuring Migration in the SDG Framework

On 23 June 2016, at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) office in Berlin, the Federal Foreign Office (AA), BMZ and IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) jointly presented the second installment in the Migration and Development Debate Series:

Measuring Migration in the SDG Framework

Speaker: Keiko Osaki-Tomita (Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations).

Discussants: Heike Kuhn (BMZ) and Susanne Melde (GMDAC/IOM).

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a new global plan of action that aims to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. For the first time migration is included in the global development framework. Migration is recognized as an important factor for sustainable development. The SDGs are now driving policy planning and implementation across borders and across sectors, recognizing the interlinkages between migration and development and the fundamental contributions of migrants. In March 2016, the United Nations Statistical Commission agreed with the SDG indicator framework for the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda to be achieved over the next 15 years.

Keiko Osaki-Tomita addressed challenges posed by the global indicator framework which contains 230 indicators, many of which still require further technical refinement. She also presented the mechanism on how the review of progress towards achieving the SGDs will be conducted at the global level. As discussants, Heike Kuhn and Susanne Melde provided further inputs.