Annual Report 2015: Regional and Global Outreach

International Organization for Migration Awards Observer Status to ICIMOD

Around 15 per cent of the world’s estimated 105 million labour migrants come from Himalayan countries, where their earnings contribute so strongly to the economy that in Nepal alone remittances make up a quarter of GDP. Now ICIMOD is one of a select group of international organizations and entities to hold observer status at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the world’s principal organization in the field of migration.

In addition to organs of the United Nations, around 35 organizations hold IOM observer status, including the European Union, League of Arab States, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. ICIMOD was awarded the status during the IOM’s 106th Session, held in Geneva in November 2015, which will facilitate work with the IOM and help bring attention to the potential of migration and remittances to expand adaptive capacity, reduce vulnerabilities, support livelihood diversification, improve gender equity, and enhance development in the Hindu Kush Himalayas.