Book on linkages between migration and SDGs released

By Zhang Liying
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The Chinese version of the book "Migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" was jointly released in Beijing on Saturday by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Center for China and Globalization (CCG), a Chinese non-government think tank.

A briefing on the research findings related to population flows is held by the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) in Beijing on July 13, 2019. [Photo courtesy of CCG]

Giuseppe Crocetti, IOM chief of mission in China, said the book aims to highlight the close linkages between migration and sustainable development goals (SDGs), and prompt reflection and action by both government policy makers and practitioners in the field of migration, including academics and think tanks.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which enshrines 17 global goals, was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. Crocetti said the agenda breaks new ground in recognizing for the first time the positive contribution of migrants to inclusive growth and the multidimensional reality of migration flows.

Migration is mentioned in many areas, the most salient being "Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries", which includes a target of "facilitating orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and the mobility of people, including via implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies."

Photo taken on July 14, 2019 shows books related to population flows launched by the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) in Beijing on July 13, 2019. [Photo courtesy of CCG]

The book argues that migration, one of the defining features of the 21st century, contributes significantly to all aspects of economic and social development everywhere, and is key to achieving the SDGs.

Crocetti said no country can address migration alone, and implementing the sustainable development agenda in this regard requires the collective efforts of all sections of society across the globe. "Thus, the book is targeted at diverse groups, including those from government departments, academia and the private sector."

The book release was part of a briefing on CCG's research findings related to population flows. The event also witnessed the launch of four other books focusing on international migration, overseas Chinese affairs and international talent management.

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