The Compact must take an “SDG-like approach”, says Msgr. Vitillo at UN Migration Dialogue
New York City, 19 April 2017 - The Global Compact defining the future of international migration governance will only be successful if it sets clear goals, targets, and indicators - just as it was done for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This is the message which ICMC's Secretary General, Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, shared with representatives of governments, United Nations agencies, and civil society groups as a high-level panelist during the International Dialogue on Migration. The event took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
The panel discussion on “Implementing the SDGs and other major frameworks: how the Global Compact on Migration can help meet commitments made” took place during the first workshop, envisioned to discuss international cooperation with a view to identifying practical elements for the Global Compact - the Member States' commitment on safe, orderly, and regular migration emerged out of the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants last September.
In order to help elaborate recommendations for the Global Compact, Msgr. Vitillo drew on several good practices emerged from dialogues between governments and civil society, in which ICMC often served in a coordinating role. "The Compact must focus on implementation: on concrete cooperation and mechanisms that bring the relevant rights and principles to life," he commented. "We believe that the Compact must take an 'SDG-like approach': setting clear goals, targets, and indicators, but on a graduated timeline".