IID attended the ‘Regional Consultation on GCM implementation’ organized by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) on 4th May 2019. The consultation aimed at providing a platform to discuss the modalities, organizational aspects, implementation of the GCM outcome and operationalization of the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) with particular focus on development of a comprehensive regional action plan. It also aimed to bring together various government and non-government actors within the region to further deliberate and forge ways for successful implementation of the GCM for every stakeholder.
The consultation was a part of United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of ‘Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM)’ on 19 December 2018. It is the first inter-governmentally negotiated agreement prepared under the auspices of the United Nations to cover all dimensions & aspects of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner. Bangladesh has been in the forefront of garnering support for the idea to have an intergovernmental agreement for GCM since Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina first articulated the concept of the GCM in her statement, during the United Nations General Assembly in 2016.
The Consultation took the form of a workshop, organized into technical segments, with an aim to identify the specific challenges that the region faces regarding migration and present existing policies and practices in response to these challenges. In addition, the workshop included technical experts and international and regional CSOs from the migration sector. Also, the outcomes of this national meeting with CSOs, held earlier this year, was shared at the consultation. The CSOs have played a significant role in advocating for a transformative agenda for human mobility, migration and development.
The participants included a number of relevant national government stakeholders, development partners, international organizations, NGOs, civil society, academic institutions, government institutions and other key actors working on issues related to migration. Mr. Md. Nazrul Islam, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs was the focal person for the event. Among others Imran Ahmed, State Minister, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Dr. AK Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Md. Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs were present at the event.