IAWJ Board Member, Hon. Mina Sougrati, Attended the UN Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Migration

Marrakesh, Morocco | IAWJ Board Secretary, Hon. Mina Sougrati represented the IAWJ at the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Marrakesh where, on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 164 nations voted to support the Global Compact for Migration.

With almost 85% of UN Member States supporting it, the first global agreement to address migration movements was approved. Although non-binding, this Compact includes over 20 recommendations on how to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration.

“Unregulated migration bears a terrible human cost: a cost in lives lost on perilous journeys across deserts, oceans and rivers; and a cost in lives ruined at the hands of smugglers, unscrupulous employers and other predators … More than 60,000 migrants have died on the move since the year 2000,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at the conference. 

This conference is the culmination of a process that started two years ago when all 193 UN Member States signed a declaration stating that no country could manage international migration on their own. The UN General Assembly will meet on December 19 to endorse the Compact. 

You can find the official document in six languages in the UN website.