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Circular 1: Global Compact for Migration

Hope all goes well. We are writing to share with you updates on the ongoing discussion on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. We apologize in advance for this lengthy message given there have been a lot of discussion and progress concerning the Global Compact for Migration. Given the importance of the issue we believe that it is crucial for migrants rights groups to be engaged in this process as it will impact global and local policies on migration.

For a brief background, on 19 September 2016, the General Assembly of the United Nations convened a Summit, “Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants”.  This is the first time that the UN has called for a High-Level Meeting to address issues affecting both refugees and migrants. During the High-Level Meeting, the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants was adopted. The NY Declaration launched a process of intergovernmental negotiations aimed at the adoption of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and a global compact on refugees. The Global Compact for Migration will set out a range of common principles and commitments among Member States regarding international migration in all its aspects and offer a
framework for comprehensive international cooperation. The global compact on migration and the global compact on refugees will be adopted at an international conference in 2018. Please find attached the results of the 19 September Discussions.

As some of you may know, the global compact was discussed in the 2016 GFMD, the GFMD Civil Society Days, Asia Civil Society Day (ACSD) and the Peoples Global Action on Migration Development and Human Rights (PGA) under the thematic Governance of Migration. We are sharing with you as attachment the report of the GFMD 2016 Chair highlighting the role of the GFMD in the development of the Global Compact. We are also sharing with you the report of the Chair of the GFMD CSD chairperson which also discusses the global compact on migration.

We are also sharing the final draft of modalities of the global compact on migration. The modality provides the process towards the development of the global compact. As you would see in the attached modality, the process is divided into 3:

  • Phase I (consultations): April 2017 to November 2017
  • Phase II (stocktaking): November 2017 to January 2018
  •  Phase III (intergovernmental negotiations): February 2018 to July 2018

The consultations in Phase 1 will focus on:

human rights of all migrants, social inclusion, cohesions and all forms of
discrimination, including racism, xenophobia and intolerance

  • irregular migration and regular pathways, including decent work, labor mobility, recognition of skills and qualifications
  • international cooperation and governance of migration contributions of migrants and the diaspora to all dimensions of sustainable development
  • addressing drivers of migration
  • smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons and contemporary forms of slavery

During Phase 2, the inputs from the previous processes will be presented, discussed and analyzed. Discussion on potential means of implementation, as well as follow up and review mechanisms will be tackled. Phase 3 revolves on intergovernmental negotiations on what goes into the compact considering all inputs from phase 1 and 2.

The draft modalities specifies participation of civil society organizations however, it also states that CSOs with UN ECOSOC accreditation will be invited. The UN Secretary General is General requested to draw up a list of other relevant representatives of relevant non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, to be submitted to Member States for their consideration on a non-objection basis. We find this provision contentious as it limits the participation CSOs and subjected to members states approval.

As we receive more information on the progress of the discussions we will be sharing them with all of you. Thank you.

Courage for whatever 2017 brings before us,

William Gois

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MFA is a regional network of non-government organizations (NGOs), associations and trade unions of migrant workers, and individual advocates in Asia who are committed to protect and promote the rights and welfare of migrant workers.

It is guided by a vision of an alternative world system based on respect for human rights and dignity, social justice, and gender equity, particularly for migrant workers.

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