About the Conference

The Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration takes place in Marrakech on the 10th and 11th of December, 2018, and is hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco.

The purpose of the Conference is to formally adopt the Global Compact for Migration, as agreed by the Member States of the United Nations on the 13th of July, 2018.

Programme of work

— A plenary debate on the 10th and 11th of December (9am - 8pm) during which Member States will confirm their political commitment to the Global Compact for Migration.

— Two dialogues on the 10th and 11th of December (10am – 1pm & 3pm – 6pm) which serve to pave the way for concrete avenues for implementation and partnerships at all levels and with all relevant stakeholders. Both panels will be interactive, and will have one keynote speaker, and three panelists. Note Verbale OSRSG – 13 November 2018 PDF document.

 
Dialogue #1 - Provisional Agenda
  • Monday, 10 December
    10am – 1pm & 3pm – 6pm
    Promoting action on the commitments of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

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    The panel provides an opportunity for Member States to announce and kick-start practical efforts to implement the Compact at the global, regional, national and sub-national levels, in line with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other policy frameworks.

    Co-Chairs:
    • Amb. Mehmet Samsar, Ambassador/Director General of Consular Affairs, MFA, Turkey
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    • H.E. M. Negash Kebret Botora, Ambassador of Ethiopia to the UN in Geneva
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    Keynote remarks at 3pm:
    • Ms. Madeleine Albright, Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group
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    Panelists:
    • Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
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    • Ms. Tendayi Achiume, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
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    • Dr. David Fine, Global Head of McKinsey’s Public and Social Sector Practice
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Dialogue #2 - Provisional Agenda
  • Tuesday, 11 December
    10am – 1pm & 3pm – 6pm
    Partnerships and innovative initiatives for the way forward

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    This panel discusses how local authorities, the private sector, trade unions, civil society, academia, parliamentarians, national human rights institutions, the media and other stakeholders – including migrants and diaspora groups – can work together to support the implementation of the Global Compact and make migration work for all.

    Co-Chairs:
    • Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Bangladesh
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    • H.E. Mr. E. Courtenay Rattray, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the UN NY, Jamaica
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    Keynote remarks:
    • Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, chair of the High-Level Panel on International Migration in Africa
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    Panelists:
    • Ms. Manuela Carmena Castrillo, Mayor of Madrid
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    • Ms. Joanne Liu, President of Doctors without Borders
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    • Mr. Tarik Yousef, Director of the Brookings Doha Center
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— High-level Event on the 10th of December (6pm - 7:30pm) to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Secretary-General of the Conference

Ms. Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration, Secretariat of the United Nations, New York.

Level of participation

The Conference is held at the highest political level including Heads of State or Government.

Outcome

The adoption of an inter-governmentally negotiated and agreed outcome, entitled "Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration," for which the negotiations shall be concluded by July 2018, in accordance with resolution 72/244.