HIRDA attended UN 46th Session in NY

Schermafbeelding_2013-07-22_om_21.35.26.pngFatumo Farah was invited to participate in an interactive exchange of views as a migrant representative. Also representatives of Pakistan, Norway, El Salvador, Israel and the observer for the Niger, participated. Fatumo Farah provided her view on the opportunities and challenges that international migration present for Somalia as the country of origin and destination countries in the West. She emphasized the importance of stimulating girls education in Somalia, her country of origin. As a Diaspora, who received the chance to develop a career in the Netherlands, she sees it as her duty to raise awareness in Somalia on the importance of girls education. Through its Diaspora organisation Fatumo established different projects that provide girls access to school.

Harnessing the rapidly evolving opportunities presented by migration must be a key component of the post-2015, development agenda, speakers emphasized today. It was crucial to recognize that migration was an important factor in environmental, economic and social change.  In particular high-ranking UN officials and demographic experts stressed that migration – both between and within countries – had the potential to contribute positively to development aims, spreading resources, skills and ideas across the world. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) stressed that migration should be mainstreamed into national development policies. Circular migration has become more significant in recent years, with migrants feeding remittances and knowledge back to their home countries. In this light, migration should be recognized as a positive force for development, as it often enhanced the productive capacity of origin countries, relieved labour shortages and spread knowledge and ideas. 

For a complete report about the UN 46th session click here.

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