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July 13, 2018

United Nations finalizes first ever Global Compact for Migration

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Photo: The United Nations, through Intergovernmental negotiations, finalized today the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration document.

Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN, Co-facilitator for the Global Compact on Migration process, holds up the final draft of the document. 13 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, New York, 13 July 2018 - The text of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, was finalized today. It is the first time that the Member States of the United Nations have come together to negotiate an agreement covering all dimensions of international migration holistically and comprehensively.

The Global Compact is the culmination of thematic discussions and consultations among the Member States and such actors as local officials, civil society representatives, and migrants themselves. This open, transparent and inclusive process lasting over 18 months led to unprecedented dialogue and learning by all participants on the realities of international migration. The agreement now forms a basis to improve governance and global understanding of immigration, to address the challenges associated with movement today, and to strengthen the contribution of migrants and migration to sustainable development.

Calling today a “historic moment,” the President of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, said the Global Compact’s potential was huge. He added, “It can guide us from a reactive to a proactive mode. It can help us to draw out the benefits of migration and mitigate the risks. It can provide a new platform for cooperation. Moreover, it can be a resource, in finding the right balance between the rights of people and the sovereignty of States. Also, in December, it will formally become the first comprehensive framework for migration the world has ever seen.”

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, said: “This compact demonstrates the potential of multilateralism: our ability to come together on issues that demand global collaboration - however complicated and contentious they may be.”

The Permanent Representatives of Mexico and Switzerland to the United Nations acted as the co-facilitators in drafting the document.

The agreement will be formally adopted by the Member States at the Intergovernmental Conference on Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 10 and 11 December 2018.

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