NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT TRAVELS TO MARRAKECH FOR THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL CONFERENCE FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE GLOBAL COMPACT FOR SAFE, ORDERLY AND REGULAR MIGRATION

United Nations, New York, 7 December 2018 – The President of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa, will travel to Marrakech on 7 December to attend the Intergovernmental Conference for the Adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
 
The President noted “Migration is the history of humanity.  Migration is part of the way the world develops, interacts and interconnects. We have seen lately unusual migration flows that need to be tackled and addressed multilaterally. And the response is precisely the Global Compact.  The Compact allows enormous flexibility for countries to use the parts of the compact that can be adapted to their sovereign decisions and existing legal frameworks…it is a cooperation instrument.”
 
While in Marrakech, the President will also take the opportunity to attend and deliver statements at two side events on the 9th of December, including the ILO Side Event on “Decent Work,” and the IOM-EU Side Event on “Kick-starting GCM Implementation.”  On the 10th of December, the PGA will also honor the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, by giving the opening remarks at the special commemoration event.
 
The President will hold a series of bilateral meetings with Heads of State and Government officials, meet representatives from Civil Society, as well as hold several interviews with media during her stay.  The President also plans to hold a Press Conference on the premises.
 
The President will be accompanied by her Senior Adviser, Mr. Andrea Pontiroli; Senior Adviser Ms. Lea Matheson; her Coordination Officer, Mr. Diego Barreiro; her Communications Advisor Ms. Denise Kling and her Personal Assistant, Ms. Carolina Nazarro.
 
Travel costs for H.E. President Espinosa, Mr. Pontiroli, Ms. Matheson and Ms. Kling will be covered by the Kingdom of Morocco.  Travel costs for the remainder of the delegation will be covered by the Regular Budget of the Office of the President of the General Assembly.
 
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