By Goodluck B. Ikiebe
The 14th Global Forum on Migration and Development Summit (GFMD), opens in Geneva, Switzerland from January 23 (Tuesday) to 25 (Thursday), with the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Hon Abike Dabiri Erewa, representing Nigeria.
A statement by the Director of Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, NiDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, says at the summit under the auspices of Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and Alefa Diaspora, the NIDCOM boss would deliver a lead paper on culture and narratives on migration as related to Nigeria.
Balogun said the three-day summit had as its theme: “Culture as a potent tool for reshaping narratives and driving positive change in the perception of population movement due to climate change: Crossed perspectives and Good perceptive.
He said Hon. Dabiri-Erewa, as Chairman of NIDCOM on behalf of Nigeria and Africa, would join representatives from Fiji and Jamaica in a roundtable panel discussion.
Balogun said the OACPS had designated the NiDCOM boss its Diaspora Champion in 2023.
He also revealed that the side event will allow OAPS countries to share their experiences, best practices and planned initiatives related to the thematic of the roundtable”, as stated in a letter signed by the Assistant Secretary-General Political Affairs and Human Development Department. Dr Ibrahim Norbert Richard.
Created in 2007, the GFMD is a state-led, informal, and non-binding process that helps shape the global debate on migration and development.
It will bring together around 100 governments, civil society, the private sector, local authorities, the youth , the UN system, and relevant stakeholders.