GENEVA, JUNE 21, 2017-The intergovernmental process to adopt a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration continues today with the third of six thematic sessions focusing on international cooperation and governance.
The session, taking place in Geneva on 19-20 June under the co-facilitation of Switzerland and Mexico, is entitled “International cooperation and governance of migration in all its dimensions, including at borders, on transit, entry, return, readmission, integration and reintegration”
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative on International Migration, Ms. Louise Arbour, spoke in her capacity as Secretary-General of the Intergovernmental Conference. Ms. Arbour emphasised that international cooperation should be carried out in a spirit of compromise, efficiency and fairness, ‘what is needed is more cooperation, not less; more trust, and a genuine commitment to sharing ideas, experiences, solutions, and, above all, responsibilities.’
Ms. Arbour suggested that smart, responsible and implementable cooperative arrangements would allow nations to fully realize the benefits of migration. She argued they could ‘trigger a virtuous cycle in which the public trust in states’ ability to control their borders would be restored, resulting in more acceptance of migrants. This in turn would foster a climate of both enhanced security and reduced suspicion of migrants.’
The six thematic sessions, alongside regional and stakeholder consultations, build the way to the adoption of the global compact at an Intergovernmental Conference in 2018.