09 June 2017

Prof. Mohamedou to serve on High Level Panel on Migration

Graduate Institute Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou has been invited to serve as a member of the High Level Panel on Migration (HLPM) which has been set up by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in joint direction with the African Union.

The HLPM, which will be chaired by Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, will consult at national, regional, and global levels on how to build and sustain broad political consensus on an implementable international migration development agenda, submitting their recommendations to the African Union Heads of State summit in July 2018.

“In recent years, the migration question has shot to the top of the international scene”, said Prof. Mohamedou. “It has often played out in tragic ways for migrants, notably across the Sahara or the Mediterranean. As societal dynamics shift in the North under increased economic crises and as multifaceted crises and conflicts play out in many countries of the South, addressing the question of migration soberly, justly, efficiently and realistically has become a major challenge of our times.“

“Besides its urgency, the migration question has a history and politics that must be deciphered constructively so as to feed in positively to policy-making. This new initiative by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union is welcome and timely. It offers the important possibility for a fresh examination of regional and global issues and the definition of an updated agenda for Africa and its partners.”

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