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Global Compact for Migration: from political to practical (WP1634)

Migration is one of the defining features of the 21st century. Human mobility is a reality: people have always moved and will continue to do so. Migration can contribute to all aspects of global economic and social development, including poverty reduction; the unlocking of this potential is key to States achieving the targets set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) provides an unprecedented opportunity to enhance international cooperation, raise global standards, address the needs of the most vulnerable, and shift the nature of the debate. This process aims to identify more balanced ways to address the challenges and maximise the positive contributions of migrants to economies and societies/communities.

Strategically timed ahead of the Marrakech Summit, this specially convened meeting provided an early opportunity for key players to explore practical ways in which to move from political deliberation to the implementation phase of the GCM, where experimentation, new ways of working and collaboration will be key.

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