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December 6, 2017
Preparatory Process towards the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

On December 6, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Head of Delegation to the Stocktaking Meeting of the Preparatory Process towards the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration taking place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico,  gave two interventions.

In the first, which took place during the Follow-up and Implementation Session, Archbishop Auza said the success of any Global Compact on migration will depend on a robust framework of follow-up and review incorporated into the Compact. He emphasized that such a follow-up framework should take advantage of existing national, bilateral and regional participatory mechanisms as well as the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the Global Forum for Migration and Development. It should also involve a commitment to collect accessible, timely and reliable disaggregated data as well as a financing mechanism for host countries that lack the necessary resources. The principle of common but differentiated responsibilities should guide the follow-up framework.

During the Concluding Session, dedicated to the theme, “Towards a Coherent Institutional Architecture and Effective Partnerships,” Archbishop Auza said that the immediate remedies employed during the height of the refugee and migration crisis cannot necessarily serve as the framework for a Compact on migration. Sustainable solutions that respect the human rights of migrants and the development and security concerns of countries of origin, transit and destination must be found for the short, medium and long-term. Short-term approaches require prudence and responsibility on the part of both the migrant and the countries of destination, transit and eventual return. In the medium term, it’s necessary to recognize migration as a right and to increase regular pathways for migration and return. In the long-term, the Compact must respect, he said, the prior right of all to remain in their countries of origin in peace and security; this means working for development, peace and security, for stable democratic institutions and good governance, for the defense of human rights and access to justice.

The intervention from the Follow-up and Implementation Session can be found here.

The intervention from the Concluding Session can be found here.