GCM to Address Global Migration Governance

25 August 2017
Movenpick Hotel, Colombo

Global Compact on Migration (GCM), to be adopted by the UN member States in 2018, offers the international community an opportunity to contribute to global migration governance.  As part of the preparation to adopt the GCM, each country is required to have a Multi-Stakeholder National Consultation. Sri Lanka’s National Consultation organized by the IOM and the Ministry of Foreign Employment was held on 25 August 2017, at the Movenpick Hotel in Colombo.

IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne, who serves as the IOM Consultant for the GCM National Consultation process in Sri Lanka, presented a summary of stakeholder inputs collected for the National Consultation.  This comprehensive summary was presented under the six thematic clusters of the GCM – Human Rights, Drivers of Migration, Governance, Diaspora and Development, Smuggling and Trafficking, and Irregular Migration and Regular Pathways.

The Multi-Stakeholder National Consultation served to identify country specific priorities and challenges associated with migration, articulate issues to be addressed at the GCM, and discuss and gather effective practices and recommendations to tackle these challenges.