UN global compacts on refugees and migrants near completion

[UN – NGO] Sisters Margaret O’Dwyer and Catherine Prendergast, representing the Company of the Daughters of Charity at the United Nations, share the news below from the UN in New York:

It is a significant time at the United Nations.   Two separate agreements—one related to refugees and the other to migrants–are nearing completion.  Talks related to the Global Compact on Refugees ended on July 4thin Geneva.   Negotiations toward the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration will finish July 13 in New York.

The global compacts arise from the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which was adopted in September, 2016.   In that Declaration, countries committed to working towards the two compacts.  

According to the World Economic forum, there were about 258 million international migrants as of January, 2018.  According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are about 65.6 million refugees in the world.

The Global Compact on Refugees is expected to be approved during the next UN General Assembly in New York, to be held in September.  The Global Compact related to Migration is set to be approved during The Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 10 and 11 December, 2018.

To view the latest draft (June 26, 2018) of the Global Compact on Refugees, go to this link:  www.unhcr.org  Note it will be revised after the early July negotiations.

The UNHCR will brief Member States in New York on 17 July, on the outcome of consultations related to the Compact on Refugees.

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migrationis expected to be the first, intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.

To see the latest draft of the Global Compact related to Migration, go to this link: www.refugeesmigrants.un.org

The Compact related to Migration will also be revised, after the final session of negotiations on July 13.

The purpose of the compacts is to improve protection of refugees and migrants and strengthen cooperation between nations in responding to large movements of refugees.  It is also hoped that countries’ sharing responsibility  for migrants in a more systematic manner will mean that individual countries will not be overwhelmed in times of crises.

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