ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
revealed Africa’s support to the Global Compact for Safe,
Orderly and Regular Migration that was finalized on Friday by
member states of the UN.
The text of the
compact constitutes the first time that member states of the UN
have come together to negotiate an agreement covering all
dimensions of international migration in a holistic and
comprehensive manner, the UNECA revealed in a statement on
unprecedented finalization of the text, the representative of
the Comoros, who spoke on behalf of the Africa group, noted that
several proposals based on the Common African Position were
adopted, the ECA indicated.
According to the
representative of the Comoros, the common African position “aims
at building a new global migration governance architecture that
allows for reacting decisively, managing collectively and
responsibly migratory issues in a holistic manner and based on
the principle of international solidarity.”
“Africa is a place
where most of its states are countries of origin, transit and
destination at the same time, thus its narrative on migration
issues is one of balance, open mindedness and comprehensiveness.
We have several success stories in the continent and through
regional cooperation, as well as robust cooperation frameworks
with regional and cross regional partners,” he said.
While not all the
proposals were included, the representative recognized the
efforts to strike a delicate balance between divergent views.
“The African Group
understands that this process is a multilateral negotiation,
where compromise is instrumental and necessary. The African
Group further believes that the GCM is only a step towards
building a stronger global architecture on migration
governance,” the representative read.
Africa will continue
to pursue and promote its priorities and concerns at the
bilateral, regional and international fora including through the
processes dedicated to implementation, follow up and review,
according to the ECA.
The agreement forms
a basis to improve governance and international understanding of
migration, to address the challenges associated with migration
today, and to strengthen the contribution of migrants and
migration to sustainable development, it was noted.
The agreement will
be formally adopted by UN member states at the Intergovernmental
Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and
Regular Migration, which will be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, on
December 10 and 11, 2018.