The goal of this project is to support UNU’s Rector in his role as 2017 Chair of the Global Migration Group. The Global Migration Group (GMG) is an inter-agency group bringing together heads of agencies to (i) promote the wider application of all relevant international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration, (ii) support the process of the Global Forum for Migration and Development (iii) encourage the adoption of more coherent, comprehensive and better coordinated approaches to the governance of international migration. At present, the GMG consists of twenty-two agencies of the United Nations system. UNU’s Chairmanship of the GMG follows the adoption of the New York Declaration on September 19th 2016 and the setting in motion since this date of the follow-up processes towards the establishment of two global compacts – those of responsibility sharing for refugees and for safe, regular and orderly migration – by or before the next High Level Dialogue on Migration planned for 2018. UNU’s focus in 2017 will be to engage closely with the UN membership to tackle global migration challenges more effectively, so as to assist as needed in supporting mechanisms for the follow-up processes and achieving the two global compacts. UNU’s priorities as Chair in 2017 will be to provide effective support from the GMG through close collaboration with the GFMD process and other parts of the UN system and to support debates and discussions on international migration within the UN system and its Member States by providing timely evidence-based policy options and recommendations. UNU’s key thematic area of focus will be on the nexus of migration and development with the objective of highlighting the imperative of timely evidence for policy making on migration. In collaboration with the Office of the Rector and UNU-ONY, with the support of the UNU-MN, UNU-CPR and UNU-ViE, and the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development an Cooperation, UNU-GCM will lead the GMG Coordination team, serve as the Working Level Chair for 2017 and carry out a number of activities of relevance to the ongoing consultation processes towards the shaping of a global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration in 2018, including: (i) prepare the initial baseline research report on xenophobia and the representation of migrants in the media, in collaboration with UNU-CPR; (ii) support the Rector in convening the experts retreat that will take place at the Bellagio Conference Centre between October 16th and 20th 2017; (iii) plan a launch event and additional dissemination activities.