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Under the theme of “International Migration in Asia-Pacific: Development beyond borders”, more than 100 senior officials and civil society representatives from 23 Asia-Pacific countries, assembled for the Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development 2013, held in Bangkok from 29 to 31 May 2013. The Meeting was convened by the United Nations Regional Coordination Mechanism Thematic Working Group on International Migration, including Human Trafficking, in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 67/219 that called for regional commissions, in cooperation with IOM and UN system to organize discussions “to examine regional aspects of international migration and development and to provide inputs to the preparatory process of the high-level dialogue”.
The outcome of the Meeting, “Asia-Pacific Input to the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development”, identifies priority migration and development issues for the region. More specifically, the Asia-Pacific Input considers actions for enhancing the development impact of international migration for migrants and societies, protecting the rights of migrants and strengthening data systems and research on international migration. The outcome recognizes the need to consider including the issue of international migration in the United Nations post-2015 development agenda. The Meeting requested the Executive Secretary of ESCAP to transmit the Asia-Pacific Input to the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, to be held in New York on 3 and 4 October 2013, through the President of the General Assembly.