The UNO Baku - Department of Public Information (UN DPI) team, together with the representative of the Office of the Resident Coordinator and experts from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), travelled to Barda, a small town about a five-hour drive from Baku, to conduct a discussion on migration and human trafficking on 24 May.
“The town of Barda, which is situated very close to the ceasefire line, and hosts a large number of the internally displaced persons, was purposely suggested by the UNDPI representative. We were also eager to hear actual voices from the field,” said Nick Nwolisa from the International Eurasia Press Fund, which hosted the event along with the Barda city representatives. The meeting drew nearly 100 participants representing various segments of society including representatives from local authorities, civil society organizations, and youth.
Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, IOM Acting Head, who facilitated the consultation, highlighted the global and national migration trends and challenges at a warm-up session. He underlined that “migration can make a very important contribution to social and economic development if governed fairly.”
In her presentation about the MDGs, Ms. Irada Ahmedova from the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office reiterated the vital role played by the MDGs in shaping a broad developmental vision, raising awareness and generating real development gains.
“The MDGs served as an important motivational force and measuring rod for progress in poverty reduction and increased access to basic health, a competitive education, clean water, and other essential services by the target date of 2015”, Ms. Ahmedova said.
The participants addressed such issues as labour migration, trafficking and forced migration. The discussions focused on the migration-development nexus that incorporates two elements: ways in which migrants can be a resource for the development of their home communities and can reduce pressures for migration, particularly irregular movements of people.
The post-MDG agenda should be transformative; it should respond to complex development challenges and embrace intertwined connections with poverty reduction, human rights promotion, job creation, and inclusive growth, participants suggested. They also gladly shared their suggestions for a new set of the sustainable development goals, and proposed that migration and human trafficking should be integrated into the development framework beyond 2015.
Azerbaijan is one of the 88 countries in the world that launched post-2015 national consultations to prepare for the development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) framework beyond 2015.
The national consultation process will be aligned with the Azerbaijan: Vision 2020 national strategy. The ideas and recommendations generated through the consultations, suggesting a post-2015 development framework, with both local and global dimensions, will feed into the UN report due by early July.