13 February 2020, Geneva, Switzerland - The Republic of Ecuador requested UNITAR to develop the Knowledge Hub for Migration and Sustainable Development, based on its expertise to enhance decision-making and support country-level action for overcoming global challenges through capacity building.
This tool represents one of the key initiatives of the Ecuadorian Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). It was endorsed by the GFMD Steering Group in 2019, and it has been co/sponsored by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
The launch of this tool took place in the framework of the inaugural session of the XII GFMD Summit, on 21 January 2020, in Quito, Ecuador.
The Director for People and Social Inclusion, Mr. Alex Mejía, explained the features of the hub, by emphasizing that it includes training options for raising awareness and offers possible tools to policymakers, practitioners, delegates of States and other stakeholders.
It aims to provide resources in order to better understand the complex and dynamic relationship between migration and development, as well as their multidimensional and interdependent nature.
It was also highlighted that this tool envisions to make visible existing options, from UN entities, for face to face, online and blended courses, workshops, and seminars, as well as information on upcoming events and resources specifically focused on capacity building. Likewise, it hosts material that could be useful for learning, such as studies, reports, manuals, guidelines, frameworks, orientation documents, principles, etc. The intellectual property, as well as the responsibility of the content and implementing the trainings, remain with the respective UN entities: therefore, the hub acts as an entry window to existing resources, while increasing their visibility and complementing them.
As part of the hub’s content, the “E-learning course on Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees”, developed by UNITAR, in coordination with UNCTAD, UNHCR and IOM, has been included.