Geneva - On 26 April, the permanent representatives of the Federal Republic of Germany and Kingdom of Morocco met with IOM Director General and Chair of the Migration Multi-Partner Trust Fund Steering Committee, António Vitorino, to jointly announce their contribution to the Fund.
By associating their financial contributions, both countries renewed their commitments made back in 2018 at the Intergovernmental Conference in Marrakesh to promote safe, orderly and regular migration.
“Today is the starting-point for an even more diverse and broad funding of the Trust Fund,” said H.E. Katharina Stasch, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany in Geneva. “We are demonstrating, together with the Kingdom of Morocco, that existing donors can team up with donors contributing for the first time and help strengthen cooperation among countries,” she added.
“This joint announcement is a strong political message of cooperation and successful multilateralism, fully aligned with the spirit of the Global Compact,” said H.E Omar Zniber, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco in Geneva. “This is an innovative example of inter-regional cooperation between Morocco, host of the Marrakech Global Compact on Migration and GCM Champion country, and Germany, the largest donor to the fund MPTF, working together towards safe, orderly and regular migration,” he added.
This revitalized approach to partnership is fully aligned with the commitment made by Member States to enhance international cooperation and support each other in the realization of the 23 objectives and commitments laid out in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).
“Today’s announcement sends a strong signal: together, we can deliver on migration,” said IOM Director General and Chair of the Migration Multi-Partner Trust Fund Steering Committee, António Vitorino. “One year after the first global review of GCM implementation, it is crucial to renew our commitment to revitalizing global and regional partnerships in pursuit of safe, orderly and regular migration,” he concluded.
The contributions from Germany and Morocco, both former Steering Committee members, reflects the Fund’s purpose to support the implementation of joint programmes from UN entities in cooperation with national governments, with multi-stakeholder partnerships at its core to address the needs of migrants and their communities. Thus far, the Fund has financed 15 joint programmes across the world, with 36 others in the pipeline.
All new contributions will enable the Fund to support more joint programmes that are currently in the pipeline. The Fund aims to reach its total capitalization target of USD 150 million by the second International Migration Review Forum in 2026, as outlined in the 2023-2026 investment plan.
Called for by the GCM and established by the UN Network on Migration in May 2019, the Fund has, to date, raised 28% of this target (USD 43 million) from 20 Member States. This joint contribution marks a significant step towards achieving the capitalization target and further advancing the Fund's mission.
With partners ready to deliver quality joint initiatives in many countries and regions, the Fund calls for additional resources and stands ready to allocate future contributions to support the implementation of the Compact.
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