Pacific Island Youth Tackle Climate Change

By Joe Lowry in the Marshall Islands

The  Majuro Protocol for the Survival of humankind has been signed! Countries have agreed to work together to meet the challenges of climate change, lower emissions, fund adaptation and meet half their energy needs with renewable energy by 2050. 

This isn’t breaking news on CNN, but it may mark a hopeful note for the future. For the signatories of the (non-binding) protocol were students of high schools, at the first Model United Nations simulation ever held in the Marshall Islands.

Data Becomes Eclectic

By Leonard Doyle

The world of migration is awash with data, but if it is to mean anything to the average reader it must be organized and presented in a useful way. Here we present an animated infographic of the extraordinary movement of Filipino workers abroad and the remittances they send home which are helping their country develop at a great clip. 

IOM's approach to data is to use visual representations that allow the audience to see the unexpected. Our animated infographics are designed to be shared as much as possible, whether on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or simply by email. Please pass it around and be part of the data sharing movement.


Migration and Development Move Centre Stage

By Jill Helke

It is sometimes startling to think that almost a billion of the World’s 7 billion people are either internal or international migrants. In other words, one out of every seven people alive today is a migrant. But migration affects not only those who move but also those who do not, above all communities of origin and destination.     

Migrant remittances – more than $400 billion dollars a year – are four times greater than all the money transferred via global aid every year. Labour markets and social systems have come to depend on the mobility of workers, entrepreneurs, health professionals and researchers.  In short, the movement of people across borders into jobs with higher productivity has been the back story of so much recent economic growth and development. But remittances and economic assets are not the only arguments in favour of migration. 

It's Not (only) About Money

By Charmaine Caparas

More than 215 million people across the globe live outside of the countries they call home, most of them originating in the developing world. This is what the diaspora looks like. It explains, in part, why IOM was able to galvanize so much international attention for its ministerial-level Diaspora Conference.  

A Very Tall Order for Action

By Leonard Doyle

“Nearly a billion people rely on migration as the best way to increase their personal liberty and to improve health, education, and economic outcomes for their families. If the right policies are put in place, there is clear evidence that states can magnify these positive outcomes, while also generating significant financial and social gains for countries of origin and destination.”

That, in a nutshell, is what Peter Sutherland, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Migration says is at stake in October of this year, when for only the second time in its history, the UN General Assembly will focus on international migration. If it is to succeed, Sutherland says, the summit must generate action on how to reduce the economic and human costs of migration. It also must determine how states and other stakeholders can deepen their cooperation in solving migration-related problems—“all while avoiding the political axe-grinding typical of most migration debates.”

These are nuanced words from a seasoned public figure and they reward careful reading. As Sutherland points out in his article in the just published Migration Policy and Practice for June 2013, migration is one of the hot button issue of international diplomacy.

now read on here