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UNSG Lauds HM the King's Decision to Host Intergovernmental Conference on Global Compact for Migration in Marrakech

New York (United Nations)  -  
United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, lauded the decision of HM King Mohammed VI to host in Marrakech the Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration (Dec. 10-11), convened by the UN to formally adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, noting that this is a "historic milestone" for international cooperation.
UNSG Lauds HM the King's Decision to Host Intergovernmental Conference on Global Compact for Migration in Marrakech
08 December 2018

"I praise the invitation of HM King Mohammed VI and the commitment of the Kingdom of Morocco to host this important conference," Guterres said in an exclusive interview with MAP on the eve of his participation in this meeting.

The Marrakech conference will be marked by the participation of at least 150 member states, according to the United Nations, which also expects the presence of at least twenty Heads of State and Government to this important meeting.

For the UN chief, the Marrakech Conference will be "a stepping stone".

"Marrakech will therefore pave the way for the implementation of the Global Compact," he said, noting that this is the "first ever global agreement on a common approach to international migration".

The adoption of the Global Compact in Marrakech will be "a historic milestone for international cooperation" as it represents a "unique opportunity to enhance cooperation on migration and also to strengthen the contribution of migrants and migrations to sustainable development," he pointed out.

"Human mobility has always been part of history, but with this pact we will have a framework for cooperation to better manage migration at the local, national, regional and global levels - even if it is not legally binding," he said, noting that "the adoption of the Pact in Marrakech is the result of more than 18 months of intensive consultation and negotiation.”

Regarding Morocco's commitment to the issue of migration, the UN Chief stressed that the Kingdom has been "very active" in the field of migration at the national level as well as at the international level.

The United Nations and the Kingdom "are working together to contribute to Morocco’s National Strategy on Immigration and Asylum. This naturally opens the way for the implementation of the Global Compact in the country", he said.

"The United Nations will continue to support Morocco in its efforts, and to find synergies with all national and international partners that cooperate with the country to respond to migration while respecting national priorities," Guterres said.

Referring to the National Strategy on Immigration and Asylum, adopted by the Kingdom in 2013, the UN Chief said that this strategy is "an essential step since it integrates migration issues into national policies".

"The Kingdom of Morocco also plays a key role within the African Union to further strengthen cooperation and dialogue on migration in this continent,” Guterres pointed out.

The UN Chief will be traveling to Marrakech over the weekend, where he will attend the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration on 10 and 11 December, Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said Friday at his daily press briefing.

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