Tue 16-05-2017 11:34 AM

Uganda hosts Pan African Forum on Migration

KAMPALA, Uganda, 16th May, 2017 (WAM) -- Uganda is hosting the third Pan African Forum on Migration, PAFoM III, until the 17th of May, with delegates from the continent and from across the world expected in the capital, Kampala.

The PAFoM is an initiative of the African Union, in collaboration with Regional Economic Communities, RECs, and International Organisation for Migration, IOM, as the Technical Secretariat. It brings together about 250 experts and officials from governments, eight RECs, private sector, civil society organisations, UN Agencies and development partners.

The forum’s overall objective is to contribute to Africa’s inputs to the Global Compact on Migration, GCM, which is set to be adopted in 2018.

Delegates will share information on the current African and global migration situation, and suggest durable and actionable solutions to enduring and emerging challenges. They will put particular focus on migration within Africa and from Africa to other regions, notably to Europe and the Middle East.

At the end of the three days, delegates will produce a Draft Outcome Document towards an African Common Position on Migration which will include policy recommendations to be considered and possibly adopted by the 28th Ordinary Session of the African Union in January 2018. The AU’s adopted document will constitute Africa’s inputs to the negotiations on the Global Compact on Migration.

[Image caption: One of the images from the photo exhibition being held at this week’s Pan African Forum on Migration in Kampala, Uganda.  Photo: UN Migration Agency/Amanda Nero ]