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Africa welcomes first global compact for migration: UNECA

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 Saturday.

Welcoming the 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.



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