Experts and speakers at a discussion on Thursday urged the international community to adopt a comprehensive, realistic and timely compact for safe, orderly and regular migration across the world.
They were speaking at the discussion on “The global compacts for migration and refugee” at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in the city in the afternoon.With Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque in the chair, Major General AKM Abdur Rahman, director general of the BIISS, delivered the welcome speech at the event.
UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Mia Sep, Andrew Mbogori, representative of the UNHCR, and Prof Dr Imtiaz Ahmed of Dhaka University spoke on the occasion, among others.
Gervais Appave, special advisor to the director general of the IOM, Geneva presented the keynote paper styled Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration (GCM): From process to substance-- where are we at? at the programme.
The UN Resident Coordinator said that there is still commitment for human rights of the International community in the world. She also urged the UN to continue its call to Myanmar for humanitarian access to Rakhine state.
The UN will continue its call to implement the recommendation of Kodiak Annan commissioner report for permanent solutions to the Rohingya crisis. The Foreign Secretary mentioned initiatives of Bangladesh in proposing a global compact for migrants in the UN. later, the diplomatic efforts of Bangladesh resulted in adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugeesand Migrants, he continued.
Shahidul hoped that the forcibly displaced people from Myanmar is a major challenge for Bangladesh, the international community will cooperate to solve the crisis. The Foreign Secretary said the New York declaration is best as an international comprehensive compact for migrants and refugees.As the proposed global compacts for migration and refugee have limitations, the New York declaration can be a better alternative, he continued. He said nowadays the migration is a development phenomenon, if the compacts can be taken in that view.
Citing migration can help a country, the foreign secretary said Bangladesh will have its involvement in the process of adopting the compacts. Gervais argued that the drivers of global migration are various and include security challenges and regional instability.