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Sustainable development

Cross-cutting theme in the Global Compact for Migration 

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) is based on a set of cross-cutting and interdependent guiding principles. This page provides resources for the guiding principle of Sustainable Development

“The Global Compact is rooted in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and builds upon its recognition that migration is a multidimensional reality of major relevance for the sustainable development of countries of origin, transit and destination, which requires coherent and comprehensive responses. Migration contributes to positive development outcomes and to realizing the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially when it is properly managed. The Global Compact aims to leverage the potential of migration for the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the impact this achievement will have on migration in the future” (GCM, 2018: para. 15) 

Migration is a cross-cutting issue, relevant to all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Out of the 17 Goals, 10 contain targets and indicators that align with migration or mobility. The GCM recognizes that when properly managed, migration contributes to positive development outcomes. The GCM’s 23 objectives, commitments and subsequent actions therefore provide a robust framework to support governments and other actors to achieve the migration dimensions of the SDGs. The adoption of the GCM and the creation of the UN Network on Migration presents a significant opportunity to leverage the positive relationship between migration and development to achieve the 2030 Agenda. This in turn will ensure that migration is an integral aspect of all development efforts. 

 

Sustainable Development in the text of the Global Compact 

The guiding principle of Sustainable Development is also mentioned in the following sections of the GCM: 

  • Preamble, para. 2 and 6 
  • Vision and Guiding Principles, para. 8, 10, 12 and 15
  • Objective 1, para. 17(d): Collect and utilize accurate and disaggregated data as a basis for evidence -based policies
  • Objective 2, para. 18(a)(b)(d): Minimize the adverse drivers and structural factors that compel people to leave their country of origin
  • Objective 19, para. 35c): Create conditions for migrants and diasporas to fully contribute to sustainable development in all countries
  • Objective 20, para. 36(a): Promote faster, safer and cheaper transfer of remittances and foster financial inclusion of migrants
  • Objective 21, para. 37(h): Cooperate in facilitating safe and dignified return and readmission, as well as sustainable reintegration
  • Objective 23, para. 39(b): Strengthen international cooperation and global partnerships for safe, orderly and regular migration
  • Implementation, para. 42 
  • Follow-up and Review, para. 49  

The Global Compact for Migration (GCM) report is available in AR, ZH, EN, FR, RU, ES.

    Resources

    This UNDP publication recommends actions for policymakers to enhance the benefits and reduce the costs of human mobility to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
    Date of publication:
    21 October 2020
    Information Type:
    In the report we collate, and draw out key findings from, a series of twelve ODI policy briefings which analyse the interrelationship between migration and key development areas.
    Date of publication:
    03 September 2018
    Information Type:

    Videos

    Close to 190 countries are set to adopt the groundbreaking UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
    UNDP's new report on "Human Mobility, Shared Opportunities: A Review of the 2009 Human Development Report and the Way Ahead" looks back at the last decade of progress and reversals, and assesses how future policy responses could facilitate safe, orderly, and regular migration to boost development.

    Projects

    The joint IOM-UNDP Global Programme on Making Migration Work for Sustainable Development (2019-2023), funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, aims to harness the development benefits and reduce negative effects of migration for host and home communities, migrants and their family
    The overall objective of the MIDA Somalia programme is to strengthen the capacity of state institutions through the recruitment of qualified diaspora professionals to contribute towards achieving the goals stipulated in the National Development Plan of Somalia aligned with the Global Compact on

    Events

    Virtual launch of the Lancet Migration European Regional Hub, co-hosted by the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies.
    22 June 2021, 12:00 to 1:15 PM
    After almost two years of an unprecedented pandemic which has disrupted normality for all, interrupted education globally and affected health, wellbeing and economies, the world of tomorrow looks uncertain for many.
    InterContinental Geneva
    13 December 2021, 1:00 to 4:00 PM

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