In preparation for its participation in the intergovernmental negotiations for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) the Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs collaborated with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to convene a National Consultative Meeting on the GCM on 4th February 2018. The meeting provided a forum for government agencies, civil society organisations and other stakeholders to give recommendations that would contribute to Guyana’s input during the final phase in the process towards the adoption of the GCM.
Hon. Carl Greenidge, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs provided an in-depth assessment of the value of Guyana’s involvement in the process. He articulated Guyana’s commitment to contributing to the negotiations on the GCM. Remarks were also given by Mr. Robert Natiello, the Regional Coordination Officer for the Caribbean and Chief of Mission of the IOM in Guyana and Mr. Michael Brotherson, the Head of the Diaspora Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Perspectives on the process to date and the importance and necessity of a Global Compact on Migration were highlighted.
During the break-out sessions participants engaged in a review of the six (6) thematic areas of the GCM and discussed the challenges Guyana faces in relation to these areas. Participants also posited recommendations towards actionable commitments that could be included in the GCM.
The Global Compact on Migration (GCM) is designed to address migration worldwide considering all dimensions of the migration process. These include the human rights of migrants, climate change and migration, as well as the economic development and the humanitarian dimensions of migration taking into account the priorities, perspectives, experiences and points of view of governments and other relevant actors in all regions of the world.
IOM aspires to make the GCM a definitive instrument to achieve four transcendental objectives: protect the life, integrity, dignity and rights of migrants, from their departure from their country until their arrival in the country of destination or their return to their own country; facilitate safe, orderly and regular migration by generating more and better channels and opportunities to migrate regularly; reduce the incidence and negative impacts of forced migration and irregular migration; and address the impacts of mobility caused by disasters due to environmental phenomena or by complex emergencies.