UN Secretary-General releases a report on the global compact on migration

Secretary-General António Guterres delivers his report entiled “Making Migration Work for All” to the General Assembly during its informal meeting. 11 January 2018. Photo Credit United Nations, New York

On the 11th of January 2018 the Secretary-General launched his report “Making Migration Work for All,”  which is the Secretary-General’s contribution to the process of developing the Global Compact for Migration, and his vision for constructive international cooperation on migration.

The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice welcomes the Secretary-General’s report, which has a strong focus on the human rights of migrants, including the rights of people displaced by climate change.

In the report the Secretary-General notes the increasing importance that climate change will have on migration in the future.  The Secretary-General placed particular importance on developing ‘a forward-looking compact on migration, as well as a compact on refugees, [which] must respond to the reality that climate change is likely to exacerbate economic, environmental and social pressures to migrate over the next few decades.’  He also underscored the human rights impacts that climate and displacement will have on vulnerable populations, including ‘extreme deprivation, food scarcity, the onset of epidemics or the reality or threat of instability, forcing them to move, often without sufficient resources, knowledge or plans for the future.’

The Secretary-General’s report makes it clear that the international community must address climate change as a driver of migration, both in the immediate and long term.  This is a point that has been stressed by the Foundation for the past year, including in the recommendations in our position paper, and the global recognition of these same principles is another step toward securing climate justice for climate displaced people.

The Foundation urges all UN member states to work toward a Global Compact that reflects the priorities outlined in the Secretary-General’s report, with a specific focus on the rights of climate displaced people.

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