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The Road to Marrakech


On September 26, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States and Head of the Delegation of the Holy See to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, gave an intervention during the High-Level Side Event entitled the “Road to Marrakech,” where in December the formal adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact for Refugees will take place.
In his statement, Archbishop Gallagher said that the Road to Marrackech began with the 2015 New York Declaration in response to the global crisis of refugees and migrants. The Compacts show the will of the international community to devise more sustainable solutions and better care for those on the move, especially in the most vulnerable situations, Archbishop Gallagher said, and must respond both to the right to migrate as well as the sovereign right of States to protect their borders and set migration policy. He said that the process of the last three years has produced the first-ever comprehensive framework on international migration that will serve as an international reference point for best practices and international management. It will also help everyone be aware of the challenges people on the move face so that countries can meet their shared responsibilities toward them, namely, to welcome, protect, promote and integrate them. Archbishop Gallagher called the Road to Marrakech a shared journey of solidarity, mercy, prudence responsibility and respect.

His statement can be found here.