3 June 2013, Geneva, Switzerland - On 3 July, 16 Heads of Agencies confirmed UNITAR’s role as co-convenor, with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), of the Global Migration Group (GMG) Task Force on Capacity Development. The Task Force’s purpose is to centralize information on existing capacity development activities; collect, deepen reflection, and share research on effective learning techniques; and, develop joint training activities.
The GMG is an inter-agency group bringing together heads of agencies to promote the wider application of all relevant international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration, and to encourage the adoption of more coherent, comprehensive and better coordinated approaches to the issue of international migration. The GMG is particularly concerned with improving the overall effectiveness of its members and other stakeholders in capitalizing upon the opportunities and responding to the challenges presented by international migration.

Since its expansion after the first UN General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in 2006, Governments have urged the GMG to play a more active role in building capacities to address migration challenges; improving understanding of migration dynamics; and fostering inter-agency cooperation and collaboration.  

In its new role, UNITAR, which Chaired the Group in 2009, will work to promote synergies and avoid duplication in the area of capacity development; exchange information and results on capacity development activities including their assessment and evaluations; establish a more comprehensive and systematic approach to the training needs of migration stakeholders; and identify opportunities for imparting new and innovative approaches to capacity development in the field of international migration and development. An important focus will be to connect the GMG's work in the area of capacity development with the actualization of recommendations emanating from the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) process, and the post 2015 development agenda, where migration's role as an important enabler for promoting development is likely to be emphasised.