PM’s proposal of UN global compact on migration adopted

Publish: 9:38 AM, December 12, 2018 | Update: 9:38:AM, December 12, 2018

DHAKA  – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Proposal of UN Global Compact on Migration was adopted in Marrakech, Morocco at the 11th Global Forum on Migration and Development.

A Bangladesh delegation led by the Foreign Secretary Ambassador Md Shahidul Haque attended the meeting which was organized by Platform for Disaster Displacement (PDD), an official handout said here today.

The foreign secretary delivered the national statement at the Plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Conference of UN to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Haque recalled the proposal for the Global Compact for migration made by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her address at the UNGA in 2016 in the statement.

The Compact was adopted at Marrakech to which Bangladesh affirmed full support, said the release.

The foreign secretary participated in a panel on climate change and mobility organized by UNEP and an event on PDD hosted by France.

He also chaired Dialogue 2 Session on ‘Partnership and innovative initiatives for the way forward of the Intergovernmental Conference of UN to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

The foreign secretary briefed the audience on how Bangladesh looks at the newly adopted Global Compact and challenges of implementation.

He also mentioned about Bangladesh’s initiative in framing a draft national strategy on migration governance to address migration in all its forms and manifestations. “This is as a reflection of Bangladesh’s strong political
willingness for implementing the actionable commitments of the Global Compact,” he observed.

The delegation also includes Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN offices in Geneva Ambassador M Shameem Ahsan and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen.

Ambassador Shameem Ahsan chaired an event on ‘People on the move in the context of Disaster and climate change: addressing their assistance and protection needs in the Global Compact for migration’, organized by Bangladesh, IOM, UNHCR and PDD.

He also chaired GFMD’s Roundtable 3.1 on ‘Aligning governance with contemporary drivers of migration’, said the release.