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Govt launches taskforce to ensure safe migration

Bangladesh has consistently prioritized migration issue in its diplomatic engagements, says Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen

Update : 05 Jul 2022, 07:22 PM

The government has launched a Migration Compact Taskforce with the aim of facilitating the implementation, follow-up and review of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM).

The taskforce will provide a platform to ensure full support and cooperation from all relevant stakeholders through a “whole of government” approach.

Senior government officials and officials from participant United Nations agencies of the Bangladesh United Nationals Network on Migration (BDUNNM) were present at the launch event held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.

Migration is a global reality. There are an estimated 281 million international migrants worldwide who, sometimes, find themselves in vulnerable situations in their countries of origin and destination.

There is a responsibility to ensure that migration is safe, orderly and regular.

In 2018, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) was adopted and became the first inter-governmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, covering all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.

Following up on the commitment of the GoB and with the support of the BDUNNM, a recommendation was put forward for the formation of an inter-ministerial coordination mechanism to lead and support the implementation, monitoring and review process of the GCM.

The launch of the taskforce marks an important step reiterating this commitment from the government while recognizing the continued efforts of Bangladesh as a champion GCM country.

Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen said Bangladesh has consistently pursued the issue of migration as a top priority in its diplomatic engagements at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.

"We remain committed, despite the difficulties experienced in the last two years and more, to meaningfully deliver on our recognized role as a ‘Champion Country’ for the Global Compact for Migration (GCM)."

Gwyn Lewis, UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh, said: "The government of Bangladesh has not only recognized migration as a development tool, it has also included it in its development planning, showcasing this through the mainstreaming of migration in the Eighth Five-year Plan. This taskforce is another step forward in our joint efforts to ensure the safety, dignity and human rights of all migrants and effectively govern migration.”

The United Nations established a UN Network on Migration at the global level to ensure effective, timely and coordinated UN system-wide support to member states in their implementation, follow-up and review of the GCM.

Abdusattor Esoev, IOM Bangladesh’s chief of mission and coordinator of the BDUNNM, said: "Migration provides immense opportunity and benefits – for migrants, host communities and communities of origin. However, when poorly regulated, it can create significant challenges. The GCM leverages the overall benefits of migration while addressing its risks and challenges for individuals and communities. BDUNNM commits to working closely with the taskforce to support the implementation of the GCM in Bangladesh."

The taskforce is co-chaired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, and will lead the formulation of the implementation plan for the GCM; communicate and promote GCM implementation to stakeholders; recommend harmonization and alignment of activities to avoid duplication and encourage complementarities in programming; plan and lead capacity building initiatives; facilitate coordination between ministries and agencies; facilitate submissions of joint advocacy positions; and lead the review and reporting on GCM implementation progress and include a follow-up mechanism.

The BDUNNM will provide support to the taskforce in all its activities.

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