Greetings from MFA Secretariat. We are sharing with you the updates through the consultations and revisions on the modalities of the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF), entitled “Format and organizational aspects of the international migration review forum”.
After the release of the Zero Draft of the IMRF on 7 June 2019, there was an informal inter-governmental consultation on 11 June 2019, initiated by co-facilitators H.E. Agustin Santis Maraver, Permanent Representative of Spain H.E. Masud Bin Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh. Before the scheduled inter-governmental consultation, civil society representatives assessed the document and produced proposals for the IMRF modalities. Their consultation was facilitated by the Civil Society Action Committee.
According to the Action Committee, the IMRF must be forward-looking and go beyond a technical review of the different objectives and actions. The review process needs to be deeply rooted in the same guiding principles as the Global Compact. Furthermore, it should examine the extent of the implementation of the Global Compact on being people-centered and migrant-centered.
Following the consultations, the co-facilitators issued the first revision on 14 June 2019. Despite the correspondence between the Action Committee and the co-facilitators of the IMRF, there were still gaps that emerged between the civil society proposals and the revised document. The inter-govenmental consultation for the first revision was set for 20 June 2019.
The second revision was disseminated on 21 June 2019. The next consultation was scheduled for 26 June 2019. According to Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, the final draft will be released in the next few days and then it will go into silence procedure. Negotiating will be behind the scenes therefore civil society will not be able to participate at this time.
For your reference, attached are the first and second revisions of the “Format and organizational aspects of the international migration review forum”. You may also find the previous circulars and its attached documents on the link below: