In May 2022, United Nations Member States, the United Nations system, and stakeholders gathered for the first International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). They sent a resounding message: migration and sustainable development are inextricably linked. We will therefore not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without attaining safe, orderly and regular migration.
This message reflects lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought into focus migrants’ essential role in fostering healthy and prosperous communities. Since the onset of the pandemic, migrants have been on the front lines, providing essential services, maintaining critical supply chains, connecting and caring for others. Too often, migrants face disproportionate impacts of the pandemic due to structural inequalities.
In line with this year’s HLPF theme Building back better from the COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda, we must waste no time in actioning the commitments of the IMRF to leverage the power of migration and the more than 280 million migrants worldwide.
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