Through its participation both in high-level meetings and the Global Migration Group of the UN and in the migration-related activities of the UN, the UNU Migration Network is playing a part in the process of defining the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The latter builds on the previous Millennium Development Goals, eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015 and to which the UNU Migration Network has contributed with several research projects and activities.
The Post-2015 Development Agenda will be adopted in September 2015 by setting the definite objectives and the road map to sustainable development until 2030. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has formulated its framework in the synthesis report “The road to dignity by 2030”, which took into account the three years of global conversations between a variety of stakeholders on the theme, including vulnerable groups, young people, people with disabilities, women associations and the private sector, as well as representatives from all levels of the government.
The efforts of the UNU Migration Network, within the Global Migration Group, went in the direction of making sure that migrants would be expressly mentioned amongst vulnerable groups. This was effectively resulting in the text of “The road to dignity by 2030”, which mentioned migrants in six key passages.
During the final stage of the process of defining the Sustainable Development Goals, the UNU Migration Network will continue its efforts to grant that migrants are not left behind and that special attention is paid to them as a particularly vulnerable group in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.