The annual meeting of the United Nations Network on Migration (UNNM) took place on 18-19 October 2022, and ADEPT team was invited to take part in the exchanges.
This meeting notably occurred five months following the International Migration Review Forum ( IRMF) of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration ( GCM). M). The aim was notably to discuss and present the latest Network workplan of activities for 2022-2024 ; to develop on climate change and the smuggling of migrants, on humanitarian assistance and important indicators or to exchange about the countries and regional implementation of the GCM.
ADEPT’s executive director Mirana Rajoharison presented the primary goal of ADEPT : amplify the voice of the African Diaspora among the international cooperation. She emphasizes the role of ADEPT as working with different partners such has IOM or the FAO. She intervened during the session theme related to “Knowledge management and strategic communication ”, by highlighting ADEPT’s different contributions to knowledge with different research the platform initiated and contributed to. She mentioned the recent one ADEPT published which was about the role of African Diaspora in local development. Her intervention focused on advocating for building more community of practices, put in place by the UNNM, where ADEPT could find partners to work on certain themes. ADEPT’s executive director underlined the fact that “ The UNNM network could bring us a community of practice, because if we would have been able to do this research with other civil society organizations, for the sake of synergies, we could have done more research. We did a campaign on the impact of the diaspora during the Covid and we could have done it with other organizations and other associations”.
The meeting provided an opportunity to highlight concrete examples of implementation of programs funded by the MTPF ( UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund ), and member states, such as the United States, reaffirmed their contribution it. Further initiatives regarding the 2022-2024 work plan were discussed, to improve the implementation of the GCM ( Global Compact Pact on Migration).
ADEPT will continue to follow the new developments of the UNNM, and wishes more partnerships to bring the contribution and expertise of the African diaspora on migration and development.