(2014/9/5) 군소국 지속가능개발 관련 컨퍼런스, 이주(migration)를 성장동력으로 인정

Switzerland - IOM has commended the first ever recognition of the role of migration in sustainable development for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the outcome document adopted by UN Member States on 4th September 2014 in Apia, Samoa at the Third UN Conference on SIDS.

The “Samoa Pathway” recognises the positive role that migrant and diaspora populations play in development, the value of remittances and the importance of both planning for disaster and responding to the needs of displaced people.

The SIDS conference takes place once a decade, making the several references to migration something of a break-through. But IOM notes that more needs to be done to harness the potential benefits of migration for development in SIDS, and to manage the challenges it poses.

“Forced migration due to natural disasters and climate change increases SIDS’ vulnerability and presents a formidable obstacle to development. This makes it all the more important for SIDS to reduce the risks of disasters and to build resilience, particularly with regard to population displacement,” says IOM Australia Chief of Mission and Advisor for the Pacific Mark Getchell.

IOM has also called for a promotion of talent circulation in partnerships between countries of origin and destination. Cooperation and collaboration are key to achieving sustainable development, while employment opportunities need to be created to encourage brain circulation rather than brain drain, notes Getchell.

For more information please contact

Susanne Melde
IOM HQ
Email: smelde@iom.int

or

Mark Getchell
IOM Canberra
Email: mgetchell@iom.int

Posted on Fri, Sep-05-2014

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