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.