ICMC and partners call for coherent, participative approach in adopting Global Compact on Migration

ICMC in UN Office GenevaCivil society organizations have highlighted the importance of ensuring complementarity, coherence and consistency, between the two Global Compacts on Migration. Photo: ICMC 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.