73rd Session of the General Assembly Agenda item 22 b on Globalization and Interdependence: International Migration and Development

Published Date: 
Friday, October 19, 2018
Chris Richter

New York - 19 October 2018

Mr. Chair, Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is pleased to join this discussion on international migration and development, and would like to make three very brief points.

First, it is important to recall that we are approaching a significant moment in history. Around eight weeks from now, on the 10th and 11th of December, the Kingdom of Morocco will host an Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

The adoption of the Global Compact is an event that is several decades in the making. From the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994, to the High-level Dialogues on Migration and Development in 2006 and 2013, to the adoption of the New York Declaration in 2016, the international community has made progress, slowly but surely, in advancing its discussions on migration.

The Global Compact will be the first multilateral framework of its nature that is solely dedicated to migration, making it a fundamental pillar of the international community’s efforts to promote effective migration governance. IOM encourages all Member States to engage fully in the Morocco conference and in the GCM’s implementation thereafter, so that we can maintain momentum on migration and make progress towards its ambitious commitments together.

Second, the progress that has been made on migration to date has been aided by the other significant development frameworks adopted in recent years. The SAMOA Pathway, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the New Urban Agenda, Paris Climate Agreement and of course the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, all include key elements related to migration.

These frameworks therefore represent an important recognition of the links between migration and development. With migration now a core, cross-cutting dimension in these frameworks, the international community must strengthen policy coherence between the migration and development agendas so that migration policies can improve development outcomes, and vice versa.

This would include ensuring effective linkages between the 2030 Agenda and the soon to be adopted Global Compact. The High-level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2019 will be an ideal opportunity to do that. In the coming weeks, the Second Committee must also ensure that its own deliberations are consistent with the intended objectives of the Global Compact and of the other multilateral development frameworks that address migration.

Third and finally, achieving progress towards the 2030 Agenda and other frameworks, including the Global Compact, will require strong partnerships amongst all relevant stakeholders. By its very nature, migration has implications for multiple actors: States and their neighbours, subnational authorities, local communities, migrants and their families, diasporas, employers and unions. In addition, there are numerous intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations whose mandates touch on migration.

IOM is strongly committed to working in partnership with others, and to providing a platform for different stakeholders to similarly engage to address the challenges and opportunities that migration presents. We stand ready to work with governments and our partners within and outside the UN system, to achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda, the Global Compact and others, in order to promote safe, orderly and regular migration for the benefit of all.

Thank you.