Guterres calls for redoubled efforts for the implementation of the Marrakesh Pact on migration

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on member states of this organization and all partners to redouble their efforts in implementing the Marrakesh Pact on migration.

Antonio Guterres also insisted on protecting the human rights of all migrants, regardless of their status, including in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Marrakesh Pact, also known as the Global Compact for Safe Migration, is a historic document for enhanced international cooperation on migration issues.

This Pact was adopted on December 10, 2018 by consensus at the United Nations Intergovernmental Conference on Migration held in Marrakech.

Entitled From Promise to Action: The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration ”, this new report from the UN SG discusses the impact of this framework of cooperation in the two years since its creation. adoption, while noting the efforts needed to improve governance and cooperation on migration at all levels.

“While the Covid-19 has disrupted the efforts to implement the pact in many areas, it has also stimulated the adoption of certain support policies”, according to the UN.

“These promising practices include ensuring universal access to health care and other essential services, regardless of migration status, the extension of work and residence permits or the regularization of the status of migrants, and the release of migrants. migrants, including children and families, from detention centers and the priority given to non-custodial alternatives in the community ”, adds the same source.

“Migrants should not be stigmatized or denied access to medical treatment and other public services. We must strengthen the immunity of our societies against the virus of hate ”Guterres said in a video message on the occasion of the publication of this report.

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The document notes that some states have suspended forced returns due to the pandemic, a measure recommended to protect the rights, health and safety of migrants and communities.

According to the report, responses to the health crisis must pay equal attention to all, including people in vulnerable situations, regardless of their migration status.

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