09 July 2018

Thematic Focus: Global Compacts Round-up


The sixth and final round of Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Global Compact for Migration began today and will end on Friday, 13 July 2018. Delegations will spend the first two days discussing the third draft of the Global Compact which was released on 29 June 2018 (this SDG Knowledge Hub article notes some of the changes in the text). A final text will then be circulated on Wednesday, 11 July 2018, for concluding deliberations. As noted in the co-facilitators' letter, "the agreed draft Global Compact [will then be transmitted] to the Intergovernmental Conference for adoption in Morocco on 10 and 11 December 2018."


The final draft of the Global Compact on Refugees was presented at the sixth and final consultation on the Global Compact on Refugees, held 3-4 July 2018. (This SDG Knowledge Hub article highlights some of the remaining issues that needed to be addressed; other comments have been posted on UNHCR's GCR web page. See also the NGO intervention on the final draft.) Here is the HC's statement and the AHC's opening and closing remarks. The latter sets out the subsequent steps to be taken in this process: "We will send out to you all the final proposed global compact ahead of its official submission before the end of July. The official version of the High Commissioner’s report in the six official languages will be made available by the UN Secretariat around mid-September. It will then be considered, in conjunction with the annual omnibus resolution on global refugee matters that will be developed here in Geneva first, by the General Assembly at the end of October."


Africa and the Global Compact on Refugees: Inclusive Policy Responses to Forced Displacement (Social Science Research Council, July 2018) [text]

The Global Compact for Migration Needs to Hear from Cities (CityLab, July 2018) [text]

The Global Compacts and Environmental Drivers (People Move Blog, July 2018) [text]

Opinion: The Global Compacts Should Not Fail Refugees and Migrants (ICMC, July 2018) [text]

Statelessness and the Second Revision of the Global Compact for Migration: What Still Needs to be Addressed? (ENS Blog, June 2018) [text]

Tensions as the EU Negotiates the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (EU Immigration & Asylum Law & Policy Blog, July 2018) [text]

Towards a ‘Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration’ (ScienceNordic Blog, July 2018) [text]

Towards a Global Compact on Refugees: Strengthening International Cooperation to Ease the Plight of Refugees in the World (EPRS, June 2018) [text]

Web pages:

Global Compacts (Council of Europe Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees) [access]

Making Sense of the Global Compacts (Kaldor Centre) [access]

Towards a Global Compact for Migration: A Development Perspective (Migration Policy Institute) [access]

The UN Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration (Refugees International) [access]

Related posts:
- News: Final Draft of GCR Posted (26 June 2018)
- Thematic Focus: Global Compacts Round-up (19 June 2018)

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