GENEVA (ILO News) – The International Migration Review Forum will take place at the United Nations General Assembly in New York from 17-20 May.
The Forum serves as the primary intergovernmental global platform for Member States to discuss and share progress on the implementation of all aspects of the the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, including as it relates to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and with the participation of all relevant stakeholders.
The Forum will be an opportunity to understand what has changed since 2018, particularly the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers’ rights, and to address new and emerging issues, such as the impact of climate change on migration.
The meeting hopes to galvanize political will and momentum towards the implementation of the Compact and its objectives for the benefit of migrant workers, countries of origin, and countries of destination alike.
The Forum will be preceded by a multi-stakeholder hearing on 16 May. It is being held under the auspices of the President of the General Assembly, with the support of the United Nations Network on Migration. The ILO serves on the Executive Committee of this Network.
The Global Compact is the first inter-governmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, covering all dimensions of international migration. It is a non-binding document that respects states’ sovereign right to determine who enters and stays in their territory and demonstrates commitment to international cooperation on migration.
Labour migration is central to achieving the objectives of the Compact. The 169 million migrant workers in the world make up 70 per cent of all working-age migrants. The Compact is grounded in international labour standards.
Sessions of the Forum will be broadcast online as well as being held in-person. Media wanting to attend can register here: Accreditation | United Nations
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