Acknowledging the important and complex interrelationship between international migration and development, and the need to deal with the challenges and opportunities that migration presents to countries of origin, transit and destination, the General Assembly, in its resolution 67/219, decided to hold a High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development on 3 and 4 October 2013. In paragraph 7 of the resolution, the Assembly also invited United Nations system organizations and other relevant entities to contribute to the preparation of and participation in the High-level Dialogue.

Responding to the invitation of the General Assembly, CEB requested the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Global Migration Group, to propose recommendations and outcomes as an input to the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development. They include actions to: (a) advance the human rights and human development aspects of migration; (b) strengthen the knowledge and evidence base; (c) mainstream migration into national development policies and plans, and into the post-2015 United Nations development agenda; (d) improve inter-State and multi-stakeholder engagement and cooperation; and (e) address emerging issues. The Board endorsed them at its first session in 2013 and also welcomed the development of a joint publication entitled International Migration and Development: Contributions and Recommendations of the International System (, which was launched on the margins of the High-level Dialogue.