Humanitarian Health Action

Interagency meetings: Global Migration Group and other meetings

Monthly Highlights - October 2010
20 October 2010

Global Migration Group

Since 30 September 2010, WHO has become a formal member of the Global Migration Group (GMG). The GMG is an inter agency group bringing together heads of agencies to promote the application of relevant international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration and to encourage the adoption of more coherent approaches to international migration matters. The GMG was established by the UNSG in early 2006 as a high-level inter agency group. At present, it is comprised of ILO, IOM, OHCHR, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNDESA, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNITAR, UNODC, WB, UN Regional Commissions, WHO, UNIFEM (part of UN Women). OHCHR is currently chairing the GMG.

The GMG contributes to the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), an intergovernmental process that emerged after the General Assembly High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in September 2006. The fourth GFMD, to be held in Mexico in November 2010, will for the first time address the health of migrants in its debates.

Both processes are paving the way for the United Nations High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in 2013. WHO is concerned that health issues associated with migration be addressed in mentioned platforms and will promote the health of migrants, as spelt out in the World Health Assembly Resolution on The Health of Migrants, adopted in 2008. HAC is contributing to both the GMG and GFMD.

  • The IASC Principals meeting, hosted by WHO, will take place in Geneva on 15 December.
  • WHO participated in an inter-agency workshop on Haiti Lessons Learned: Next Steps in Geneva on 27 October to review key lessons from the Haiti 6-month report, Response to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti following the 12 January earthquake: achievements, challenges, and lessons to be learned, and propose practical steps to implement the learning for IASC Principals’ consideration at their meeting on 15 December in Geneva.
  • WHO hosted the meeting of the IASC Taskforce on HIV in Emergency Settings on 22 October. The meeting discussed training, dissemination of the IASC guidelines and the evaluation and future of the Task Force.
  • WHO has joined the IASC Taskforce on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN, NGO, IOM and IFRC Personnel. The first preparatory meeting took place on 15 October.
  • The 78th IASC Working Group meeting will take place in Rome on 10–12 November right after the 12th Emergency Directors Meeting on 9 November.
    The IASC Working Group will discuss the management response plan to the Cluster Evaluation II, humanitarian space, humanitarian financing, strengthening the system-wide accountability of humanitarian coordinators and humanitarian country teams and evidence-based decision-making needs assessments. The meeting will also discuss priorities for 2011, follow-up on the learning from the Haiti response and discuss the preparations for the December 2010 Principals Meeting.
    Several subsidiary bodies will report back to the Working Group, including the IASC Humanitarian Financing Group, co-chaired by WHO. A panel discussion on “The impact of the global economic recession on humanitarian aid flows” will be organized.
    The Emergency Directors Meeting will review actions arising from previous meetings, the IASC Early Warning-Early Action Report and discuss an ongoing emergency as well as gender in emergencies.