August 18, 2021 (ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in collaboration with The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Organization for Migration convenes the 13th Meeting of the IGAD Regional Consultative Process on Migration (RCP) in Addis Ababa.

The event brings together experts from IGAD Member States spearheading the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) at the national level. Participants also include technical representatives from national ministries, the AU, Regional Economic Communities representatives, UN agencies, private sector, development partners, National Human Rights Institutions, NGOs and CSOs.

During this two-day meeting, participants will review the implementation of the GCM in the IGAD region, share experiences and contribute to the regional review report that will feed into the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) in 2022.

Speaking for IGAD Executive Secretary, Dr Mohamed Elduma-Senior Programme Coordinator at IGAD Health and Social Development Division noted that “the region is characterised by diverse forms of migration and human mobility is both a lifeline and a lifestyle for majority of the population”. “These migrants embody the region’s dynamism, adaptability and future, as they seek to better themselves and contribute both to the communities they come from and those to which they migrate”, he said

He highlighted that “integrating migration and human mobility into the national development is an important entry point”. “I am proud to note that some member states have already taken measure to promote this”, he continued as he opened the meeting.

The 13th Meeting of the IGAD Regional Consultative Process on Migration (RCP) meeting will mainly:

  1. reflect on the state of migration in the IGAD region in different areas of migration governance;
  2. highlight promising examples of migration governance in the IGAD region;
  3. identify gaps and challenges in the GCM implementation in the IGAD Region; and
  4. identify areas where IGAD Region requires further support to successfully

The outcome document of the IGAD RCP meeting will be submitted as an input to the Africa Regional GCM Review and the Global International Migration Review Forum in 2022.

The Swedish Government and German Cooperation (GIZ) provided financial and technical support for the meeting.

In December 2018, UN member States adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). The adoption of the GCM represented a landmark moment in the pursuit of international cooperation on migration for the benefit of all. It is the first ever negotiated global framework on a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions. Inter-State consultation mechanisms on migration – like the -IGAD Migration Dialogue – are among the stakeholders for the GCM implementation and review.

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