HIRDA attends high-level UN Dialogue
HIRDA was among the civil organizations that attended the high-level dialogue on migration and development during the 68th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. The Dutch government invited HIRDA to participate in the forum as an organisation contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
The role of the civil society and non-governmental organizations on migration matters has become increasingly significant over the years. Therefore, including these organizations into discussions and putting immigration and development in national and global development agendas is a laudable idea.
Fatumo Farah, Director of HIRDA, had the opportunity to present its own recommendations during the UN dialogue: “We recognize the critical role Diaspora can play in the reconstruction of their countries of origin. Diaspora communities are already working on achieving the Millennium Development Goals. They should, therefore, be considered as global partners working towards positive development.” HIRDA engages the Somali Diaspora in a bid to increase their leverage in the development of their home country, by supporting individuals willing to return back to Somalia and through skill transfer.
Even though the UN resolution doesn’t specify what the outcome of the forum will be, or whether the resulting document will be adopted, there is hope that the forum will herald positive changes in the current international framework regarding migration and development.
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