The International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) first International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, since joining the UN in 2016, took place on 18 and 19 April 2017. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) / John Walder 2017

2017 IDM Dedicated to the Process of Elaboration of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

In the modalities for the intergovernmental negotia-tions of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), Member States called on IOM to make use of the IDM to contribute to the preparatory process of the global compact. In line with this call, and with the role the IDM has had for over a decade, namely “to provide a forum to States as well as international and other organizations for the exchange of views and experiences, and the promotion of cooperation and coordination of efforts on international migration issues” (Art. 1(1)(e) of the IOM Constitution), IOM’s Director General decided, in consultation with Member States, to dedicate the IDM in 2017 to supporting Mem-ber State development of the global compact for migration by providing an inclusive policy dialogue forum focused on key issues for consideration for the GCM.

In line with a process that is open, transparent and inclusive, two separate IDM workshops were scheduled to take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York (18-19 April 2017) and at the Palais des Nations in Geneva (18-19 July 2017) with a view to connecting the diplomatic and expert communities in New York with the migration policy community in Geneva.

The first New York workshop addressed the topic “Strengthening international cooperation on and governance of migration towards the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration in 2018”. Over 300 representatives from governments, local authorities, United Nations and other international and regional organizations, academia, the private sector, diaspora and migrant organizations, as well as civil society participated and interacted including with key actors of the GCM process - the President of the General Assembly, the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for International Migration the two Co-facilitators od the process, the Mexican and Swiss Ambassadors.

Participants commended the two days workshop for the timely opportunity it allowed for early exchanges of views on both the substance and the process leading to the development and the adoption of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in 2018. IOM Director General William Lacy Swing underlined in his opening remarks that “the Global Compact presents an historical opportunity to achieve a world in which migrants move as a matter of genuine choice rather than necessity; a world of opportunity to migrate through safe, orderly and regular channels; and a world in which migration is well governed and is able to act as a positive force for individuals, societies and States.” He, then, defined IOM vision of the global compact as a tool “that will place the needs, capacities and contributions of migrants at its core, with a view to ensuring their safety, dignity and human rights.” highlighted.

Stakeholders will convene again in the framework of the second IDM taking place on 18-19 July in Geneva on the theme “Understanding migrant vulnerabilities: A solution-based approach towards a global compact that reduces vulnerabilities and empowers migrants”. This second workshop will offer Member States and other relevant actors the opportunity to pursue discussions at a very important stage of the GCM process and in between the various thematic sessions conducted by the President of the General Assembly and the two Co-facilitators. Participants at this second IDM will explore all aspects of migrant vulnerabilities from a policy, cooperation and practical perspective. They will discuss and put forward recommendations for concrete and implementable measures to reduce migrants’ vulnerabilities and respond to their protection and assistance needs. As called in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the modalities of the intergovernmental negotiations of the global compact for migration, the outcome and recommendations of the two IDM meetings will contribute to the global stocktaking meeting scheduled for early December in Mexico and inform the elaboration of the global compact for migration.

For more information on the IDM and its events please contact the IDM Unit at idmworkshop@iom.int or visit the IDM web page.

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First published in InterGovernmental Consultations (IGC) Bulletin No. 45, June 2017. Download full bulletin here.