Bangladesh has said a global response is essential to protect the rights and dignity of the migrants and maximise the development potential of this process.
“Since it is not possible for a single country to deal with international migration in isolation,” said Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Masud Bin Momen.
He was addressing at the Plenary of the second committee of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on ‘Globalization and Interdependence’ at the UN headquarters recently.
The Ambassador said Bangladesh realised the importance of addressing this global policy vacuum early on and called for formulating a separate global compact for migration (GCM) in early 2016, said the Bangladesh Mission on Sunday.
“Bangladesh is one of the largest countries of origin in national wealth creation and development, the role of remittance has been immense,” he said.
Ambassador Momen said migration has been embedded in national development policy to pave Bangladesh’s journey to become a Middle-Income Country by 2021 and a Developed Country by 2041.
On the occasion of the International Migrants Day Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “The Global Community must work together and in coordination to implement the rules and measures for countering human trafficking and lowering the recruitment costs for labor migration to a tolerable level.”
He said proposed mechanism for capacity building and launching the UN Network for Migration are two realistic measures that could scale up the efforts by the member states to make migration safe, orderly and regular.
“We will also need to build on it for continuous improvement in global migration governance and management. My delegation will remain constructively engaged,” he said.
Ambassador Momen said there is a realisation across the world, belated though, to integrate migration into national development policies.
“It is also important to put an end to the fragmented approach of the United Nations towards migration. With the adoption of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, migration rightly reappeared in the UN Agenda as an issue of major relevance and importance,” he said.