The Government of Sudan Runs National Consultations on the Global Compact on Migration

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

This week, the Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) hosted two days of roundtable discussions on the Global Compact on Migration with members of relevant line ministries and representatives from academia present. The roundtable was designed and facilitated by IOM within the Better Migration Management Programme (BMM), which is funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The Global Compact on Migration (GCM) is an initiative to forge a coherent and comprehensive international framework to enhance cooperation on migration and human mobility.   The GCM process follows on from the 19 September 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. UN Member States recognized a need for a collectivized approach and increased governance of migration at the international level to address migratory challenges.

The roundtable discussions are part of the consultative phase of preparations ahead of the upcoming intergovernmental conference on the Global Compact on Migration in in late 2018 when the adoption of the agreement is expected to take place.

Ambassador Kamal Bashir Ahmed, Director of INGOs at MoFA who chaired the discussions, expressed his appreciation of the inputs of attendees. He also highlighted that a meaningful network can be created from the past two days. Amb. Kamal also emphasized the importance of Sudan and Africa being represented in the Global Compact on Migration so as to ensure that the best interests of the people of this region are prioritized.

Mr. Zalnoon –legal advisor and member of the National Committee for Combatting Human Trafficking (NCCT) said that “migration is a complex issue, especially when tackling human trafficking. It is important to therefore ensure that all relevant stakeholders have comprehensive knowledge of the issues and openly share information between themselves”

Attendees discussed the opportunities and challenges presented by migration; also exploring ways to make migration and human mobility work best for Sudan. Furthermore they debated issues of labour migration, migrant rights, and the specific responses and policy needs of Sudan given the multiplicity of its migration profile as a sending, receiving and transit country.

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