Global Network of GFMD Focal Points
One of the important features of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is the network of Focal Points (FPs) established during the Belgian Chairmanship of the GFMD in 2007. FPs are usually high level government representatives who, firstly, enable the GFMD to liaise with the participating governments and, secondly, facilitate dialogue and greater coordination between different government offices and between government and other stakeholders at national level. They can potentially play a role as catalysts of greater coherence in the development and migration field at international level.
Non-government Friends of the Forum (e.g., international organizations, RCPs) also appoint their GFMD focal points who coordinate their organization’s respective participation and contribution to the GFMD process.
Due to the constantly changing nature of Foreign Service assignments of the GFMD focal points, the GFMD directory of focal points is a continuing work in progress. It is maintained and continuously updated by the GFMD Support Unit as part of the GFMD Archives. At present, the network consists of Focal Points both from the capitals and from Geneva. Friends of the Forum that are not represented in Geneva assign Focal Points from their Missions in New York, Brussels or other places where they maintain their offices. The Support Unit regularly updates the Focal Points directory in order to ensure efficient communication between the GFMD and the Friends of the Forum.