Our Goals

As the lead organization working on migration, IOM SLO Addis Ababa cooperates closely with continental and regional organization such as the African Union (AU), Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in shaping discourse and policy development on migration in Africa.

Central to the Special Liaison Unit (SLU)’s role is to ensure the enhancement of safe, orderly and humane migration in Africa through the development and implementation of sound migration policies and practices across the continent, as well as broadening cooperation and partnerships.

SLU has contributed significantly to shaping the migration policy responses on African migration by collaborating with the African Union Commission (AUC) to facilitate the operationalization of continent‐wide migration policies and programs; supporting Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) through regional programming on migration and harmonization of policies; and working, through partnership with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and relevant UN Agencies, to create awareness on emerging migration issues.

About AU, ECA, IGAD Liaison Unit

African Union (AU)

IOM’s Liaison Unit supports the AU in operationalizing its policy frameworks and declarations on migration and IOM’s presence on the continent has made it a key Humanitarian partner of the African Union.

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Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

IOM collaborates with ECA on various initiatives, such as the High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development that took place in November 2013. As a follow up, together with ECA and AU we’ve organized sensitization workshops for African Ambassadors in Addis on the outcomes of the High-Level dialogue.

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Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)

Since IOM provided technical and financial support to IGAD in developing its Regional Migration Policy Framework (RMPF) that was adopted in 2012, the Mission continues to support work on wider dissemination and popularization of the policy framework.

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Selected SLU Past Meetings 2018

IOM Facilitated Meetings on Migration Data

  • Joint Capacity Building Workshops on Migration Data, and Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS)
    3-6 December 2018 - Nouakchott, Mauritania


    4th Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFoM)

    • 19-21 November 2018 – Djibouti City, Djibouti onec lacinia nisi quis est elementum suscipit.


      IOM Facilitated Meetings on Free Movement Protocol

      • Joint Meeting of the African Union Commission and the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) on Security issues related to the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons.||
        26-27 October 2018 - Malabo, Equatorial Guinea


      AU-Horn of Africa Initiative Meetings

      • 5th Senior Official’s Meeting
        24 October - Cairo, Egypt


      4th Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFoM)

      • 19-21 November 2018 – Djibouti City, Djibouti onec lacinia nisi quis est elementum suscipit.


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