Global Forum on Migration and Development Thematic Event on Culture – Day 1: Culture, Narratives & Human Mobility
June 27, 2023 9:15 am — 5:45 pm Timezone: Europe/Berlin


French Museum of the History of Migration (MNHI) – Paris, France.


The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) has been focusing on the theme of public narratives on migration as well as the socio- economic contributions of diasporas over the years. The French chairmanship aims to further pursue and enrich the dialogue on these important thematic areas by adding an innovative angle through the lens of culture. The Culture, Narratives and Human Mobility event will be a unique opportunity to broaden the focus of discussions by addressing the cultural contributions of migration and diasporas for the development of origin, transit and destination countries. To introduce the cultural dimension of migration to the GFMD agenda, the French Chair is organizing an event in an emblematic space, the National Museum of the History of Immigration (MNHI) in Paris, in partnership with a broad range of specialists in the field.

Additional info

The June GFMD Workshop will be held in Paris on 27-28 June in a hybrid format that will be opened for interventions from in-person and online participants.

The first day of the workshop will focus on discussing Culture, Narratives, and Human Mobility during 3 round tables:

  • Roundtable 1: Narratives and public perceptions on displacement and migration: How to build and nurture a balanced, fair, and informative public discourse on migration, including with respect to climate change and human mobility? – with Cecilie Kern, NGO Committee on Migration
  • Roundtable 2: Diasporas as actors of cultural and social development: In which way do diasporas contribute to cultural exchange and development? – with Khady Sakho, Forum des Organisations de Solidarité Internationale issues des Migrations (FORIM) – Roseau des diasporas solidaires
  • Roundtable 3: The role of culture for migration and development: How can cultural and art creations foster intercultural dialogue and promote shared development? – with Onyekachi Wambu, African Foundation for Development (AFFORD)

A visit to the permanent exhibition of the museum will follow the roundtables, and a concert will close the event.

This event aims to provide a cultural dimension to the GFMD discussions; enhance reflections initiated within the GFMD Roundtables, and through the Working Group on Public Narratives on Migration by engaging a variety of actors; and bring to the fore of the GFMD artworks and other cultural creations that enrich the dialogue on migration and development.

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