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GCM Commentary: Objective 23: Strengthen international cooperation and global partnerships for safe, orderly and regular migration

last modified Oct 30, 2018 01:00 PM

Blog post written by Dr Christina Oelgemoller (Loughborough University) and Nicholas Maple (RLI) and forms part of a series of blog posts analysing the final draft (objective by objective) of the UN’s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Objective 23 of the Global Compact for Migration is titled ‘Strengthen international cooperation and global partnerships for safe, orderly and regular migration’. Its key content and direction is expressed in the introductory paragraph of the final version where the objective ‘[underscores] the specific challenges faced in particular by African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, small island developing States, and middle-income countries’. Given that, arguably, all of the Global Compact for Migration relates to international cooperation and partnerships, it is an interesting Objective, not least as it was added rather late in the process of negotiations in which governments of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) engaged. The document, which is based on the New York Declaration of September 2016, had already undergone three rounds of negotiations and changes to its language by the time the African Group was successful in convincing other parties to agreeing to include it. With other sections, namely paragraph 15 and paragraphs under the heading of ‘Implementation’ outlining how the Global Compact was to be implemented and by whom, the Objective’s title is a little misleading. One might think that this objective is written in the spirit of say, the ICESCR Article 2(1), in which international cooperation and assistance are invoked with the apparent aim of achieving maximum realisation of specific norms (in this case, safe and orderly migration).

 

Full blog post here

 

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