The international community concluded the negotiations on the UN Global Compact for Migration in New York last Friday, thereby reaffirming a common will to make worldwide migration not only safer, but also more regular and orderly.
A first step has been taken
After two years of intensive dialogue and six months of negotiations, the UN member states have reached agreement on a Global Compact for Migration that is based on the New York Declaration of September 2016. In the New York Declaration, the international community had agreed to the objective of making migration more orderly and safer around the globe and to negotiate a compact to this end. The Global Compact for Migration that has now been adopted represents an agreement to engage in closer intergovernmental cooperation in many areas of migration policy. It sets out, among other things, measures for reducing the causes of irregular migration, strengthening regular migration routes and protecting the human rights of all migrants.
While it is not legally binding, the Global Compact for Migration sends a strong political signal, namely that countries of origin, transit and destination are able to agree on a basic consensus for dealing with migration.
Common stance, common responsibility
With the Global Compact for Migration, the international community is adopting a clear stance, giving expression to the view that migration is an essential part of human coexistence. Its advantages and opportunities can be better exploited through improved international cooperation between countries of origin, transit and destination. In this context, Germany welcomes the express commitment of the member states of the United Nations to take joint and shared responsibility.
Following the successful conclusion of the negotiations, the President of the UN General Assembly will submit the final text to the Intergovernmental Conference in Morocco, taking place from 10 to 11 December 2018, for formal adoption. Together with its partners, Germany will work towards the successful, comprehensive and effective implementation of the objectives and measures set out in the Global Compact for Migration.