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Implementing the GCM: Guidance for governments and stakeholders (CWG 2.2)

Discussion questions


Submitted by Laurel Townhead - 14 April 2021

The role of stakeholders as key partners

The Working Group tried to ensure that meaningful engagement with all stakeholders is a thread that runs through the guidance.

Are there additional actions or recommendations you would include?

Do you think the guidance will help open or expand channels of communication and consultation between governments and other stakeholders? If not how could we strengthen this?


Submitted by Laurel Townhead - 12 May 2021

Tool 16 (page 60) includes principles to consider when organizing consultations for GCM implementation feedback. Are there any additional principles that you would suggest?


Submitted by Laurel Townhead - 12 May 2021

Tool 2 (page 30) contains criteria for multilevel and multi-stakeholder consultations. Are there additional criteria you would recommend including?


Submitted by Laurel Townhead - 10 May 2021

If you are only able to comment on part of the guidance it would be particularly helpful to hear feedback on step 1 of the six steps:   

Civil society, migrants, NHRI’s, unions and other stakeholders have a role to play in all steps in the six-step process outlined in the guidance, but step 1: Kick off is particularly important for identifying and building channels of communication and cooperation with stakeholders.

Are there any additional actions you would propose to build a culture and process of engagement with stakeholders (starting page 20)?


Submitted by CAROLINA HERNANDEZ - 5 April 2021

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

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 Does the draft guidance material provide/strengthen the knowledge required to put these elements into practice?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 - 5 April 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 Susan Dragan - 10 May 2021

First of all, Canada welcomes this additional tool to facilitate collaboration on GCM implementation.

Canada is hopeful that this space will be useful to not only share the successes of countries and stakeholders, but also the difficulties and setbacks that may occur along the way. The challenges we experience are unlikely to be unique, and closer collaboration on all aspects of implementation will ultimately lead to better outcomes for migrants.

Canada would like to acknowledge all the efforts by the UNNM to produce and disseminate the guidance material. Canada appreciates that the guidance offers many starting points for initiating discussion on GCM implementation. The questions laid out in the guidance material also allow for stakeholders to tailor their activities to their unique contexts. Based on our experiences, it could be helpful to emphasise in the guidance that, in addition to looking slightly different in each state, implementation is not a linear process.

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Tout d’abord, le Canada apprécie le développement de cet outil supplémentaire sur la mise en œuvre du Pacte Mondial pour les Migrations (PMM).

Le Canada espère que cet espace sera utile non seulement pour le partage des succès atteint par les pays et les parties prenantes mais aussi les difficultés et défis qui peuvent surgir. Il y a peu de chance que les défis que nous rencontrons soient uniques et une collaboration sur tous les aspects de la mise en œuvre du Pacte contribuera certainement à de meilleurs résultats pour les migrants.

Le Canada voudrait saluer tous les efforts entrepris par le Réseau des Nations Unies pour la Migration concernant la production et la dissémination du Guide. Le Canada apprécie que le Guide offre l’opportunité d’entamer des discussions sur la mise en œuvre du Pacte. Les questions soulevées dans le Guide permettent également à la société civile de d’adapter leurs activités à leur contexte (régional, national ou local) spécifique. Sur la base de notre expérience, il serait utile, en plus de l’importance accordée aux contextes spécifiques, d’insister d’avantage sur le fait que la mise en œuvre du Pacte n’est pas un processus linéaire.

Versión en español:

En primer lugar, Canadá da la bienvenida a esta plataforma que constituye una herramienta adicional para facilitar colaboración en la implementación del Pacto Mundial sobre Migración (PMM).

Canadá tiene la esperanza de que este espacio sirva para compartir no solo los éxitos de los paísesy las partes interesadas , sino también los desafíos y contratiempos que se enfrenten a lo largo del camino. Es improbable que los retos a enfrentar sean singulares, y una colaboración más cercana en todos los aspectos de la implementación dará mejores resultados en última instancia para los migrantes.

Canadá reconoce los esfuerzos de la Red de las Naciones Unidas sobre Migración (Red) para producir y difundir las guías de apoyo técnico. Y aprecia que el material ofrezca una multitud de posibilidades para iniciar el diálogo sobre la implementación del PMM. Las preguntas expuestas en el material de orientación también permiten que los interesados pertinentes pueden adaptar sus actividades al contexto nacional. Basado en nuestra experiencia, sería útil enfatizar en el material que, además de tomar una forma diferente en cada estado, la implementación no es un proceso lineal.


Submitted by Henny Ngu - 5 April 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?


Submitted by Susan Dragan - 7 May 2021

The proposed six-step methodology provides a comprehensive and useful tool to support GCM implementation. Given its breadth, Canada would suggest experimenting with disseminating the guidance in different formats (such as infographics).

We look forward to more thoughtful conversations in the Discussion Space.

Version française :

La méthodologie des six-étapes telle que proposée fournit un outil utile et complet à la mise en œuvre du Pacte. Au regard de son ampleur, le Canada voudrait suggérer de tenter une dissémination du Guide sous différents formats (tels que les infographies).

Nous nous réjouissons par avance de conversations plus approfondies dans cet Espace de discussion.

Versión en español:

La metodología en seis etapas proporciona una herramienta completa y útil para apoyar la implementación del PMM. Dada su amplitud, Canadá sugiere que la Red pruebe formatos variados de difusión tales como gráficos y diagramas interactivos.

Esperamos con ansia más conversaciones en este espacio de intercambio interactivo.

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