UNU-CPR’s work in this area helps to identify the structural barriers that may set some communities or groups back in their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, and helps to design interventions and programmes that will improve access to services, guarantee basic rights for marginalized peoples, and address the growing socioeconomic inequalities. This works pays particular attention to chronically marginalized and vulnerable populations, including displaced persons, women and youth, and engages with the full range of actors who can deliver on the promise of the 2030 Agenda.
UNU-CPR has a long track record of impact on migration governance. UNU chaired the UN’s Global Migration Group (GMG) – a UN inter-agency group working to support the intergovernmental process leading to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration – in 2017. UNU-CPR supported debates and discussions on international migration within the UN system and by its Member States by providing timely evidence-based policy options and recommendations. A major focus of that work was to engage closely with the UN membership to tackle global migration challenges more effectively, to assist in achieving the compact that was later signed in December 2018. Drawing on substantial internal expertise, as well as by drawing on the UN Migration and UNU Migration Network, UNU-CPR continues to focus on migration and vulnerable populations, particularly on evidence-based approaches at the local and regional levels.