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Global Conference on Cities and Migrants (Mechelen)

Thursday, 16 November, 2017 to Friday, 17 November, 2017

The City of Mechelen (Belgium), supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Belgian Federal Government will host the “Global Conference on Cities and Migrants” on 16 and 17 November 2017. This important international gathering on the place and role of local authorities in migration governance will be organized by UCLG, UN-Habitat and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The conference is framed by the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (adopted in September 2016), through which UN Member States have committed to a process of intergovernmental negotiations leading to the drafting of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), to be adopted at an intergovernmental conference to be held in 2018. Further, the New Urban Agenda gives a key role to local authorities on migration and includes commitments by Member States to ensure the full respect of migrants’ human rights and support to their host cities, including through international cooperation, taking into account that migration brings significant social, economic and cultural contributions to urban life.

For more information about the conference please contact the team at the UCLG World Secretariat: and

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