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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.

    Contents using this term
    Regional UNNM for Arab States Pledges commitment to support mainstreaming of migration Pledge
    Présentation HurifbaPledge
    Jincemon JoyPledge
    C40 Cities and the Mayors Migration Council: Fostering Global Recognition and Support for Local Action on the urban dimension of climate migrationPledge
    Regularización a la “vuelta de la esquina": implementación de servicios de regularización integrados (MAC)Practice Repository
    Coordinated Management of the DTM at the Chilean-Bolivian border Practice Repository
    Free to Move, Free to Stay : Protecting Human Rights in the Context of Environmental MobilitiesResource
    Kenya GCM Implementation Plan (2023-2027)Practice Repository
    The launching event of the Programme "Leveraging the positive impact of migration on Moldova’s development through improved policy evidence and better engaged diaspora"Events
    Closing event of the Project “Awareness Raising for Labour Mobility to Bulgaria”Events
    Focus on sustainable future amidst colliding crises Events
    3 rd Extended Meeting of United Nations Belarus Network on MigrationEvents
    Support Programme for Indigenous Communities in the Context of Climate Change, Environmental Degradation, and Deforestation Practice Repository
    Integration of human mobility due to environmental and climate reasons in Ecuador's National Plan for Climate Change Adaptation Practice Repository
    Policy brief on the Effects of Climate Mobility on Women and Girls in the MENA region Resource
    Collection of information on international migrants in the Brazilian Demographic CensusPractice Repository
    Green Yoma for Youth on the MovePractice Repository
    Collecting data about women’s climate change displacement in MexicoPractice Repository
    Migrant Response and Resources Mechanism in NigerPractice Repository
    Regional Migrant Response Plan (MRP) for the Horn of Africa and YemenPractice Repository

    *References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).