The Republic of Moldova supported by IOM and UNDP to prioritize and plan its input for the Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration
On the 10 and 11 December 2018, took place, in Marrakesh, the International Migration Conference to formally adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). This document is the first inter-governmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to enhance cooperation on international migration in all its dimensions.
The participation of the Republic of Moldova to this event, among 160 governments, re-confirmed its strong interest and highlighted the fact that Moldova is advanced with either already assuming a number of relevant commitments or registering progress with a number of activities.
In the context where almost a quarter of the country’s population is residing abroad, Moldova has set as one of its priorities the development of policies and initiatives aimed at managing the movement and mobility of Moldovan citizens, improving legal and regulatory framework of the private recruitment sector, guaranteeing migrants’ fundamental human rights, access to social security benefits, support reintegration of returnees, as well as capitalizing on their potential for the sustainable socio-economic development of the country.
To prepare its delegation to this intergovernmental conference, the Moldovan Government with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has held a workshop consultation for prioritisation and planning GCM implementation on the 29 and 30 November at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration with all the relevant Moldovan stakeholders.
With the input and guidance of two IOM experts from Geneva and Berlin, the event in Chisinau enhance the Moldovan stakeholders’ awareness of the global process related to the adoption of the GCM and support the Moldovan stakeholders in identifying and articulating priorities using Migration Governance Indicators (MGI) to inform their participation in the GCM Summit in Marrakesh. Following the consultation event, a session for the UNCT agencies in Moldova was organized, to share advanced knowledge on the GCM and the MGI merits and discuss the role of UNCT in supporting Moldova in the implementation the GCM, including through the perspective of GCM contribution to migration-related SDGs.
The preparation event from Chisinau was opened by Mr. Tudor Ulianovschi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova. The Minister highlighted Moldova’s support for the initiative to develop and implement the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration as a tool to contribute to global governance of migration and to enhance coordination on international migration by presenting a framework for comprehensive international cooperation on migrants and human mobility. The Minister considers that the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration should focus on policy coherence and whole-of government, whole-of-society, and whole-of-United Nations system approaches in all dimensions of migration throughout the migration cycle, from pre-departure to return, and should be centered around the rights of all migrants.
IOM and UNDP highlighted that an international commitment to examining and addressing the relationship and synergies between international migration and sustainable development requires opportunities for safe, orderly, and regular migration. The two agencies consider that the preparatory meeting in Chisinau provided an important forum for national dialogue on international migration and ways to enhance its benefits, while addressing its potential pitfalls and negative impacts for all stakeholders.