Global Compact for Migration to be adopted in 2018

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The global compact for migration will be the first, intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner. In the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, adopted in September 2016, the General Assembly decided to develop a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. The process to develop this global compact for migration started in April 2017. The General Assembly will then hold an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018 with a view to adopting the global compact.

Expressing broad convergence of civil society around the world (though not always total consensus), the Now and How: TEN ACTS document outlines a civil society vision for a Global Compact worth agreeing to.  The ten Acts themselves are priority issues and actions that civil society calls on states to include in the Global Compact. Each Act has a number of clear goals and in most cases, mechanisms and timelines for implementation

The Church has already taken a stand on many of the issues which will be included in the Global Compacts and, drawing on its varied and longstanding pastoral experience, would like to contribute actively to this process. To support this contribution, the Vatican’s Section on Migrants & Refugees consulting with various Bishops’ Conferences and Catholic NGOs, has prepared the following Twenty Action Points on migrants and refugees. Though grounded in the Church’s experience and reflection, the 20 Points are offered as valuable considerations to all people of good will who might be willing to implement them and advocate their inclusion in their country’s negotiations. Leaders and members of all faiths, and organizations of civil society, are welcome to join in this effort. Let us unite to welcome, to protect, to promote, and to integrate people obliged to leave their home and seeking a new one among us.

Though grounded in the Church’s experience and reflection, the 20 Points are offered as valuable considerations to all people of good will who might be willing to implement them and advocate their inclusion in their country’s negotiations. Leaders and members of all faiths, and organizations of civil society, are welcome to join in this effort. Let us unite to welcome, to protect, to promote, and to integrate people obliged to leave their home and seeking a new one among us.

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