International migration is a defining reality of our time. Migration has been recognized as a key accelerator of sustainable development and achieving the 2030 Agenda supports the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM), and vice versa. Yet, migrants and their families, in particular women and children, face challenges in countries of origin, destination and transit, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated their vulnerabilities.
Member States committed to GCM implementation, review and follow-up at the global, regional, national and local levels. In 2021, Asia and the Pacific and Europe, origin of about 50 per cent of the world’s migrants, reviewed GCM implementation for the first time, reaffirmed their GCM commitment and identified actionable follow-up in support of the 2030 Agenda and to inform the 2022 global review (IMRF).
A number of SDGs under review at the 2021 HLPF relate directly to international migration. This side event will focus on GCM implementation, follow-up and review in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development. Building on the recently held Asia-Pacific and European GCM Reviews and examples of implementation from GCM champion countries, panelists will highlight achievements, challenges and next steps in line with achieving the 2030 Agenda and with a view to the IMRF in 2022. Moreover, in keeping with this year’s HLPF theme, the event will address COVID-19’s impact on migrants and their families.
Member States, stakeholders and representatives of the United Nations Network on Migration will speak at the event.