Morocco’s Conference on Global Compact for Migration, an Opportunity to “Maximize Benefits of Migration”: UN Chief

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The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which will be adopted at the international conference to be hosted by Morocco on Dec. 10-11, 2018, is an opportunity to “maximize the benefits of migration”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday.

“The basic challenge before us is to maximize the benefits of migration rather than obsess about minimizing risks: we have a clear body of evidence revealing that, despite many real problems, migration is beneficial both for migrants and host communities in economic and social terms – our overarching task is to broaden the opportunities that migration offers to us all,” said Guterres, launching his report, Making Migration Work for All, at UN Headquarters, in New York.

“Let me emphasize: migration is a positive global phenomenon. It powers economic growth, reduces inequalities, connects diverse societies and helps us ride the demographic waves of population growth and decline,” he added.

In the report, which also serves as his principal input to the ‘zero draft’ – a document forming the basis for final negotiations – of the proposed Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, Secretary-General Guterres calls for concerted effort to implement the declarations and commitments on migration its grounding in human rights.

The text highlights the important role of all stakeholders – including municipalities, legislatures, civil society, the private sector, regional organizations, the media, academia and migrants themselves.

The report also notes the need for the UN system to be better placed and equipped to support the implementation of the Global Compact, in particular, its oversight.

Last December, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on the modalities of the intergovernmental conference on international migration, which will be hosted by Morocco on Dec. 10-11, 2018 and will complement the work of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, co-chaired by Morocco and Germany, and whose 11th Summit will be held in Marrakech on Dec. 5-7, 2018.

The choice of Morocco to host these major global events is a recognition of the pioneering role it plays in migration management at the global stage in general, and particularly in Africa and the Euro-Mediterranean region.

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