Our Mission

Strengthening knowledge on Migration and Refugee issues as a source for Inclusive Development.


Migrants and Refugees can positively contribute to the development of communities back at home or in their new places of residence, thanks to their skills, capabilities, and entrepreneurial spirit.

In order to respond to a growing-policy need for a common approach to promoting the inclusion of migrants and refugees that recognizes their contribution to development, UNITAR, together with some of its partners, has been working on different initiatives. These are aimed at strengthening the competences required by policymakers and practitioners for overcoming some of the challenges on economic and social inclusion for migrants and refugees while understanding the benefits of promoting their socioeconomic inclusion because of its nexus to sustainable development.

Besides of having actively supported the Global Forum on Migration and Development, including for the celebration of the Mayoral Forum since its very beginning, the following tools can be highlighted:

  1. Knowledge Hub on Migration and Sustainable Development
  2. E-learning course on Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees now available in English, Spanish, Arabic and French.
  3. E-learning course on Introduction to International Migration Law

Knowledge Hub on Migration and Sustainable Development


The Migration and Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub is a tool to promote a better understanding on the synergies between migration and sustainable development from their multidimensional and interdependent nature, under the capacity building perspective. It gathers information on training opportunities and existing material developed by UN entities with the aim of building the capacity of stakeholders involved in the GFMD process. 

At the request of Ecuador, this tool was developed by (UNITAR), endorsed by the GFMD Steering Group and co/sponsored by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). 

To access the Knowledge Hub, please click here.


E-learning course on "Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees"

This e-learning course aims at strengthening the competences required by policymakers and practitioners for overcoming some of the challenges on economic and social inclusion for migrants and refugees while understanding the benefits of promoting entrepreneurship to this end because of its nexus to sustainable development. 

UNITAR, UNCTAD, UNHCR and IOM have joined efforts to offer this self-pace course. It is envisioned for 6 weeks, 40 hours, for professionals working on different fields, in particular policymakers and practitioners, not necessarily involved or familiar with all the three core elements of the course, -entrepreneurship, migrants, and refugees- but interested in better understanding the humanitarian-development nexus through capacity building. It has been prepared with a pedagogical approach through a methodology for adult training. 

For more information on how to register for the various English iterations, please see the links next to each date below.


01/01/23 - 31/12/23: Please click here to register for this iteration.


Curso de aprendizaje electrónico sobre "iniciativa empresarial para migrantes y refugiados"

Este curso en línea busca fortalecer las competencias requeridas por las personas a cargo de formular políticas y practicantes para superar algunos de los desafíos referentes a la inclusión socio-económica de personas migrantes y refugiadas, al tiempo de comprender los beneficios de promover el emprendimiento para estos fines por su nexo con desarrollo sostenible. 

UNITAR, UNCTAD, ACNUR, y OIM unieron esfuerzos para desarrollar este curso en línea. Está previsto para 6 semanas, 40 horas, para profesionales que trabajan en diferentes campos, en particular aquellos a cargo de formular políticas públicas, no necesariamente involucradas o familiares con los tres elementos principales del curso -emprendimiento, migrants y refugio- pero interesadas en comprender mejor el nexo humanitario y de desarrollo a través del fomento de capacidades. Este curso ha sido preparado con un aceramiento pedagógico a través de una metodología para capacitación de adultos. 

Para más información sobre cómo inscribirse en las distintas iteraciones españolas, consulte los enlaces que aparecen junto a cada fecha.


01/01/23 - 31/12/23: Haga clic aquí para inscribirse en esta iteración.


       هدف دورة التعلم الإلكتروني

       تهدف دورة التعلم الإلكتروني هذه إلى تعزيز الكفاءات المطلوبة من قبل صانعي السياسات والممارسين للتغلب على بعض التحديات المتعلقة بالإدماج الاقتصادي والاجتماعي للمهاجرين واللاجئين مع فهم فوائد تعزيز ريادة الأعمال لتحقيق هذه الغاية بسبب ارتباطها بالتنمية المستدامة  


لمزيد من المعلومات حول كيفية التسجيل في مختلف الدورات بالعربية، يرجى الاطلاع على الروابط الموجودة بجانب كل تاريخ أدناه.


01/01/23 - 31/12/23: الرجاء النقر هنا للتسجيل في هذه الدورة


Cours d'apprentissage en ligne sur en "entrepreneuriat pour les migrants et les réfugiés"

Ce cours d'apprentissage en ligne vise à renforcer les compétences requises par les décideurs et les praticiens pour surmonter certains des défis de l'inclusion économique et sociale des migrants et des réfugiés tout en comprenant les avantages de la promotion de l'entrepreneuriat à cette fin en raison de son lien avec le développement durable. 

L'UNITAR, la CNUCED, le HCR et l'OIM ont uni leurs efforts pour offrir ce cours à rythme flexible. Il est prévu pour 6 semaines, 40 heures, pour les professionnels travaillant dans différents domaines, en particulier les décideurs et les praticiens, qui ne sont pas nécessairement impliqués ou familiarisés avec les trois éléments fondamentaux du cours, -entrepreneuriat, migrants et réfugiés- mais qui sont intéressés à mieux comprendre le lien entre l'humanitaire et le développement par le biais du renforcement des capacités. Il a été préparé avec une approche pédagogique à travers une méthodologie pour la formation des adultes. 

Pour plus d'informations sur les modalités d'inscription aux différentes itérations en français, veuillez consulter les liens en regard de chaque date ci-dessous:

Français :

01/01/23 - 31/12/23 : Veuillez cliquer ici pour vous inscrire à cette itération.


E-learning course on "Introduction to International Migration Law"

UNITAR and IOM joined efforts to put together this course with the aim of strengthening knowledge on International Migration Law, and its link with Human Rights Law, Refugee Law, International Humanitarian Law, and Criminal Law.

It includes aspects on the protection of migrants, while analyzing the timeframe and evolution of IML, as well as the relationship with the State sovereignty and laws pertaining to entry, residence, and exit.

In addition, it highlights the difference between different categories of migrants and recognizes their contextual issues and rights under international law. It also provides a general overview of the implementation of IML at regional and national levels (in a comparative perspective).

For more information on this course and how to register, please click here.


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