70th Session of the UN General Assembly Second Committee Agenda Item 22: Globalization and Interdependence

Published Date: 
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Speaker: 
Ashraf El Nour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations

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Chair, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, 

As the Secretary-General has outlined in his report on the Role of the UN in promoting development in the context of globalization and interdependence, policy integration and coherence will be essential for making progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is especially true because the 2030 Agenda is much more integrated and comprehensive in scope than the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It emphasizes the role of globalization and global challenges to a much greater degree, and includes issues that were left wanting by the MDGs. For example, the 2030 Agenda highlights the positive contribution of migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development. It recognizes the need to enhance migrants’ development outcomes, and to ensure that they are not left behind. 

By including migration in the new agenda, we have therefore challenged ourselves to address its causes and consequences through coherent, holistic and humane policies that address the multifaceted nature of human mobility. As we have seen over the past few months, effectively managing those causes and consequences requires coherent, holistic policies, and broad, inclusive partnership. The Second Committee’s deliberations on promoting integrated responses to globalization and interdependence are therefore critical. 

IOM strongly agrees with the need to strengthen cooperation and dialogue on international migration, and we stand ready to support those efforts wherever and however we can. In doing so, IOM will bring almost 65 years of practical and comprehensive experience and expertise on all aspects of migration management. To ensure a truly integrated and cohesive approach to migration, we call upon governments and the UN system to build inclusive partnerships that leverage existing bodies and that avoid the creation of new, duplicative entities. 

Throughout its history, IOM has worked closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners to promote international cooperation and practical solutions to support dignified, orderly and safe migration. Our organization has done this through various means including through the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and through regional consultative processes on migration (RCPs) which bring together a range of stakeholders for informal dialogue and information exchange on migration-related issues of common interest and concern. There are some 16 major RCPs covering most regions of the world, with a global meeting of RCPs taking place this month. Our critical point is that there are many existing entities that can contribute to a more holistic approach to migration. 

If the international community is committed to more integrated and coherent policies to meet the ambition of the 2030 Agenda, all actors must be given the opportunity to contribute. IOM is prepared to play a leadership role, and welcomes collaboration with all stakeholders, in full respect of mandates and capacities. 

Thank you.