About the Forum
The Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development (GFRID) 2017 marks a decade of successful forums.
The Forum brings together key decision makers from the public and private sectors as well as civil society who work in the field of migration and remittances. During the two-day event, more than 300 participants will gather to share lessons learned and best practices on innovative business models, to stimulate long-lasting partnerships, and to raise awareness towards a more enabling market.
Acknowledged by former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the GFRID is now seen as a key instrument to raise awareness and promote models and mechanisms aimed at leveraging the impact of migration and remittances for development.
The 2017 Forum will be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 15-16 June.
Organized by IFAD in collaboration with the World Bank and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), the Forum coincides with the celebration of the International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) on 16 June.
The event will contribute to the global governance and enhanced coordination of remittances and migrant investment, pursuing efforts to significantly decrease transfer costs, maximize their impact for development, and ultimately contribute to achieving the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
15 June: Private Sector Day
Featuring both plenary and parallel sessions with multi-stakeholder panels presenting new technologies and innovative financial services, sharing good practices and lessons learnt, and promoting public private partnerships.
At the end of the Private Sector Day, a networking cocktail will take place, providing a space for private sector, development organizations and civil society stakeholders to showcase their latest products, programmes and initiatives. Venue: UN headquarters, Delegates Dining Room.
16 June: Family Remittances Day
Morning: Featuring the celebration of the International Day of Family Remittances and the launch of the report Sending Money Home. Venue: UN headquarters, Delegates Dining Room.
Afternoon: Featuring multi-stakeholder panels addressing the linkages between migrant and diaspora communities and development, and a closing session which will take stock of both days. Venue: UN headquarters, Conference Room 4.
Participation in the Forum is free of charge and by invitation only. If you have never attended the past Global Forums, and you are interested in coming this year, please send an email to GFRID2017@ifad.org with your details and current position, explaining the reasons you want to join the Forum. Kindly note that each participant will cover the cost of his/her own travel and accommodation.