ICMC and partners call for coherent, participative approach in adopting Global Compact on Migration
Geneva, 6 December 2016 - The International Catholic Migration Commission, the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) and the NGO Committee on Migration-New York recently delivered a joint statement at United Nations Office in Geneva during a meeting with Ambassador Juan José Gomez Camacho (Mexico) and Ambassador Jürg Lauber (Switzerland). The two diplomats were appointed by Peter Thomson, President of the United Nations General Assembly, as "co-facilitators" for an intergovernmental inclusive process to create and adopt a new Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in 2018.
On 19 September 2016, the General Assembly hosted a High-Level Summit for Refugees and Migrants. On that day, 193 Member States signed the New York Declaration, a common plan for addressing large-scale movements of refugees and migrants.
By signing the Declaration, Member States committed to developing and then adopting, in 2018, two “global compacts”: one on safe, orderly and regular migration, the other to achieve more equitable responsibility-sharing in hosting and supporting the world’s refugees.
In the statement, civil society stressed the “need to ensure that both compacts – and the processes that develop the two compacts – talk to each other, reinforce each and do not contradict or undermine each other.”
Read the statement in full below.