Global Commission on International Migration (GCIM)

The mandate of the Commission is to place International Migration on the Global Agenda, analyse Gaps in Current Policy Approaches to Migration and, examine Inter-linkages with Other Issue-Areas, present Recommendations to the United Nations Secretary-General, governments and other stakeholders.

The Global Commission on International Migration was launched by the United Nations Secretary-General and a number of governments on December 9, 2003 in Geneva. It is comprised of 19 Commissioners, is independent and will submit its Final Report to the Secretary-General by mid-Summer 2005.

The Geneva-based Secretariat began its activities on 1 January 2004 and the Global Commission on International Migration met for the first time in Stockholm on February 26-27, 2004.
In his report on the ‘Strengthening of the United Nations: an agenda for further change’ (A/57/387), the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, identified migration as a priority issue for the international community. Wishing to provide the framework for the formulation of a coherent, comprehensive and global response to migration issues, and acting on the encouragement of the UN Secretary-General, Sweden and Switzerland, together with the governments of Brazil, Morocco, and the Philippines, decided to establish a Global Commission on International Migration (GCIM) . Several countries subsequently joined the effort and an open-ended Core Group of Governments established itself to support and follow the work of the Commission.