The second International Forum on <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/libya-illegal-migration-top-sisi-talks-with-european-councils-president\/">Migration<\/a> Statistics (IFMS) kicked off on Sunday in Cairo in coordination with the International Organization for Migration, <a href="https:\/\/www.iom.int\/">IOM<\/a>, the UN Migration Agency, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).\r\n\r\nThe three-day event features six plenary sessions and more than fifty parallel sessions.\r\n\r\nThe Forum embraced more than 700 delegates from diverse backgrounds. It offers a unique space for dialogue, information-sharing and networking for a broad range of actors.\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-104461" src="https:\/\/see.news\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/01\/EOoOJbDW4AAMAS--1024x587.jpg" alt="" \/>\r\n\r\nThe Forum is hosted by the Egyptian Government, which currently chairs the African Union (AU), under the auspices of the African Union.\r\n\r\nDelegates from more than 90 countries representing national and regional authorities, NGOs, international agencies and the private sector, gathered in Cairo with the aim of building and strengthening migration data capacities around the world.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe as experts, practitioners and decision-makers have a collective responsibility to ensure that reliable facts and robust evidence are not only produced but also used appropriately and intelligently to steer policy and programmes and to combat an often pervasive misinformation about migration,\u201d said IOM DG Antonio Vitorino.\r\n\r\n\u201cI have put migration data at the centre of my vision for IOM, and have committed to strengthening the Organization\u2019s engagement in this area over the next years\u201d he added.\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-104463" src="https:\/\/see.news\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/01\/EOoOJb5WkAALgyY-1024x829.jpg" alt="" \/>\r\n\r\nOn his part, Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian Foreign Minister, said that "Owning and relying on data in policy making is a key guarantee of proper international cooperation in the management and governance of human transport, and to enhance the contribution of migrants to development on a basis that respects their rights, respects legal frameworks and meets the needs of the international labour market.\r\n\r\nShoukry added that the forum supporting the efforts of the international community to address the causes of migration such as conflict, economic and social crises and environmental decline.\u201d\r\n\r\nGeneral Khairat Barakat, Head of the Central Authority for Public Mobilization and Statistics, noted: "This conference comes at an important and significant time, and the migration data constitutes a key segment of human resources, manpower information and cross-border groups."\r\n\r\n"It also established controls for coordination between migration data producers to enable them to make the most of the data."\r\n\r\nThe event is organized around six major thematic areas including measuring progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other global commitments as well as data innovation. Some of the sessions explore the potential of using \u201cbig data\u201d to compliment the analysis of human mobility and migration flows as well as ways to address internal displacement through innovative monitoring tools.\r\n\r\nThe inaugural IFMS took place in January 2018 at the OECD Headquarters in Paris. IFMS aims to become a regular event which can foster discussions on global processes and enhance exchange between producers and users of migration data. The event is supported by partner organizations including ILO, UNHCR, UNODC, European Commission, UNFPA, and UNECEF.