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Online discussion

Welcome to the online discussion to gather feedback from Champion country representatives on the draft GCM implementation guidance developed by the Network's Core Working Group 2.2 on National GCM Implementation Plans. The discussion moderation is led initially by the working group's co-chairs, Cécile Riallant, Head, Migration and Sustainable Development Unit, IOM, Carolina Hernandez, OHCHR and Henny Ngu, Policy Specialist, Recovery Solutions and Human Mobility Team, UNDP. Read more about the discussion here. Champion country representatives are invited to post responses to the discussion questions in the forum below. Feedback may also be shared bilaterally with the Network via email. Responses are welcomed in English, French or Spanish. The discussion runs from 26 February to 16 April 2021.

Discussion questions


Submitted by CAROLINA HERNANDEZ - 25 February 2021

Question 1. Are the GCM’s 360-degree vision and guiding principles adequately reflected in the Guidance?

In accordance with the GCM’s 360-degree vision, the guidance has been designed as a flexible, self-guided reference document that recognizes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to GCM implementation. The guidance, ‘Implementing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM): Guidance for governments and all relevant stakeholders’, is comprised of two parts: a Guide, which provides an overview of the GCM and introduces a process to support governments and other stakeholders with GCM implementation; and a Booklet, which provides substantive information on all 23 GCM objectives, including examples of practical applications. In addition, the draft guidance includes explicit COVID-19 related content to support governments and other stakeholders incorporate COVID-19 considerations into GCM implementation, follow up, and review. 

Question 1. Understanding the 360-degree vision and guiding principles of the GCM are critical to effective implementation, follow up and review efforts. Does the draft guidance material provide/strengthen the knowledge required to put these elements into practice? What would improve the material to help ensure that these elements are effectively incorporated into GCM implementation, follow up and review, including in the development of National Implementation Plans (NIPs)?

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Submitted by Cécile Riallant - 25 February 2021

Question 2. Would the proposed 6-step process support GCM implementation in your country?

How does the proposed methodology (6-step process) resonate with practical experience at the national level? What elements of the guidance are missing or could be strengthened to better support national GCM implementation, follow up and review efforts, including the development of NIPs?


Submitted by Henny Ngu - 24 February 2021

Question 3. What would make the Guidance more useful, and how can we ensure it’s a ‘living document’?

What adaptations could be made to strengthen the practicality/utility of the draft guidance material?

How can we ensure that existing practices, examples, and lessons learned are continually and effectively incorporated into the guidance material so that it is fit for purpose now and in the future?

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