One of the most significant outcomes of the New York Declaration on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, a non-binding international agreement adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September, 2016, was the launching of a two-year process to develop a Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, or as it is better known, the Global Compact on Migration.
The goal of the Compact is to identify specific policy goals and best practices to which UN Member States can commit in promoting safe and legal alternatives to irregular migration. While the document will reaffirm important principles outlined in the New York Declaration, its success will be defined by the actions Member States agree to take to address large-scale movements of migrants, ideally in a manner which upholds human rights while preserving national sovereignty.
UN Member States gathered in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from December 4 to 6, 2017 to engage in a “stocktaking” meeting to assess the information gathered from a series of thematic and regional hearings held on various migration issues during 2017. The negotiating stage of the process, in which Member Stateswill negotiate language of the Compact, will begin in February2018, when the “zero draft,” or the initial draft, of the Compactis released by the co-facilitators of the process, Mexico and Switzerland.Read More