Global Compacts on Migration and on Refugees

Global Compacts on Migration and on Refugees

Skopje, 23rd of June 2017 – International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Skopje (UNHCR) presented the Global Compact on Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees. Legis, as an NGO that works with refugees and migrants had its representatives there to learn more about the Global Compacts and what can be done to improve the current situation of these two vulnerable groups.

This event is organized with regard to the adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016 which will further lead to the adoption of Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). GCM will be used to enhance coordination in the multidimensional field of international migration and will serve as a framework for comprehensive international cooperation to address migrants, human mobility and all aspects of international cooperation.

In the New York Declaration, 193 UN Member States have also requested the UN Refugee Agency – UNHCR to steer head consultative process leading to the adoption of a Global Compact for Refugees, concentrated on enabling comprehensive protection of all forcibly displaced persons.

With regards to the above, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations, Ms. Louise Vinton stated at the opening of the Conference: “This country has experienced first-hand the challenges of responding to the needs of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants. This experience exposed gaps, shortcomings and inconsistencies in the international standards and practices governing the movement of people. We look forward to working with our national partners to contribute to the new Global Compacts to be forged in 2018 to ensure that we all do our part in saving lives, protecting rights and sharing responsibility.”

Ms. Mila Carovska, Minister of Labour and Social Policy, addressed the participants in the introductory session by emphasising that:  “The main idea behind the process of the Global Compact on Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees, is that it should be developed through an open, transparent and inclusive consultations and negotiations processes and with effective participation of all relevant stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, academic institutions, parliaments, diaspora communities and migrant organizations. It is reassuring that this process will result in an outcome in the best interest of both migrants and governments, signatories of the document “.

Through a detailed presentation of a Global Compact on Migration, IOM Coordinator for Western Balkan, Mr. Peter Van der Auweraert stated: „As IOM, we hope that governments will agree on increasing legal pathways for migration and take concrete steps to further improve the protection of vulnerable migrants. As the leading UN agency on Migration, IOM stands ready to support governments with both the formulation and eventual implementation of the Global Compact on Migration. Given its broad experience in managing crisis and ordinary migration, this country has a lot to contribute to the inter-state process that will determine the content and the scope of GCM“.

Having outlined the process leading to a Global Compact on Refugees, Ms. Anne-Christine Ericson, UNHCR Regional Representative for South-East Europe concluded: „The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants is a landmark pledge by all UN Member States to protect those forced to flee and support the countries that shelter them. This requires a shared effort of the global community, open-mindedness, empathy with those fleeing war and atrocities, as well as a firm political commitment from the world leaders and communities to uphold international obligations. We expect that this country will take an active part in the process leading up to the adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees, building on the recent experience. UNHCR stands ready to continue to support states in implementing the Global Compact for Refugees”.

Source: iomskopje