Countdown to Marrakech

Press Conference on the Migration Conference which is scheduled on 10-11 December 2018 at Marrakech

Befitting responses that clarify selective and often, intentional misperceptions! The purpose of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) is reaffirmed in the context of very weak ratification of legally binding conventions on migration. It is an alternative approach to global collaboration and engagement, founded on voluntary agreement rather than coercion. If there is sufficient political will, the GCM, upon adoption, could serve as a comprehensive and effective universal benchmark.

An official update on ‘participation’ by states: Hungary – ‘would pull out’; Austria – ‘would not sign’; Poland – ‘not supporting the adoption’; Australia – ‘not attending’, Israel – ‘not attending’.

It would be interesting to witness the unfolding of the UN Migration Network which will be coordinated by the IOM (International Organisation for Migration), with an executive committee comprising UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), UNDESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs), UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) and ILO (International Labour Organisation). 

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