PRESS BRIEFING BY MONICA GRAYLEY, SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT MARÍA FERNANDA ESPINOSA
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PGA CELEBRATES ADOPTION OF GLOBAL COMPACT FOR MIGRATION
This morning, the President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, celebrated the adoption in Marrakech, Morocco, of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. She described it as a milestone development.
In her speech to the plenary, Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa recalled that the Intergovernmental Conference in Morocco was a clear proof of multilateralism as the most efficient tool to face one of the most important challenges of our times: international migration.
Ms. Espinosa noted that today, the 10 December, the world marks Human Rights Day and that the adoption of the Global Compact on this very day was the best tribute to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
After the adoption she granted a Press Conference in Marrakech to talk about the next step, which is the endorsement of the document in the General Assembly, scheduled for 19 December.
Miss Espinosa said, and I quote: “We now have to agree on rules of procedure for the implementation of the Global Compact.”
Since arriving in Marrakech for the Conference on International Migration, Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa met Heads of State and Government, the President met the former President of Liberia and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected female Head of State in Africa. They talked about encouraging more women to take active part in politics. She had separate meetings with the delegations of Ecuador and Mexico and took part in events and round-tables with the International Labour Organization, ILO, and International Organization for Migration, IOM, where she also talked about the importance of decent work. While in Marrakech she also granted interviews to; Die Welt, the New York Times, RAI TV and the Morocco News Agency.
Today the PGA will take part in celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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