This publication draws attention to the impressive array of programmes and initiatives in the area of migration and development by UN entities, IOM and their partners, often carried out in collaboration with governments and civil society. The impetus behind the book – the call of the CEB in 2012 to UN organizations and their partners for a Recommendations and Outcomes document on migration to support the preparations for the 2013 HLD – provided a timely opportunity to both take stock of and strengthen the cooperation and coordination among key entities dealing with migration.

By combining the contributions of 28 key international stakeholders in migration, the publication seeks to address, and in part redress, impressions of the hitherto fragmented work on migration by the international system. It illustrates how at the centre of these efforts the GMG today may be emerging as a more enduring model of coherent inter-agency cooperation that builds on decades of work on migration and continues to evolve in response to the growing international interest in migration.

In addition to informing Member States about the achievements of the UN system and IOM since 2006, the following chapters may provide direction to the work of the United Nations and the broader international system, in the wake of the 2013 HLD and towards a post-2015 development agenda that includes migration, by building on the lessons learned and addressing the gaps identified in this book. Inter-agency coherence will need to underpin any intergovernmental processes towards achieving inclusive, equitable and sustainable global development, where migration can be an enabling, rather than a negative, force.