Migrant Forum in Asia partnered with the National Network on Safe Migration (NNSM) to organize the National Consultation on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Kathmandu, Nepal from 22-23 July 2018.
The objectives for this national consultation was to: (1) Have greater awareness and engagement on GCM among migrants, trade unions, civil society organizations, faith-based groups, lawyers, media, Diaspora, private sector and government; (2) To have strategic collaboration with the different stakeholders and actors in addressing migration issues with a human rights-based approach within and beyond the GCM, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as national and sub-regional processes.
The meeting was attended by 50 participants coming from the different civil society organizationsincluding trade unions (i.e. Joint Trade Union Coordination Centre and Kathmandu-South Asian Regional Trade Union Council), media (i.e. Kantipur Daily News, Nagarik News, UjyaloNetwork) and private sector in Kathmandu.
The program focused on looking at where the Global Compact is currently at and what was the general atmosphere during the last round of the Intergovernmental Negotiations Meeting that was held on 9-13 July 2018. After giving the global updates, the Global Compact in the context of Nepal was discussed. Participants of the consultation also looked beyond the Global Compact and how other mechanisms, such as the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), can be linked into the Global Compact.
Please find below photos from the consultation