The United Nations Network on Migration (Network) has been established to ensure effective, timely and coordinated system-wide support to Member States on migration as they respond to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). This is an ambitious undertaking on one of the key phenomena facing our international community. Through a more coherent approach to migration governance and to harnessing its contribution to global development, the United Nations system through the Network commits to making a tangible difference to enhancing cooperation on international migration in all its dimensions aimed at making migration work for all.
To date, the Network has focused on putting in place the structures and procedures to enable it to implement its mandate effectively. Principal among these has been outreach to Resident Coordinators and United Nations Country Teams, encouraging their engagement in supporting GCM implementation. The response to this has been encouraging. Also important is the establishment of the Migration Multi-Partner Trust Fund/MPTF (the Start-up Fund). There has likewise been engagement with both Member States and stakeholders, in Geneva, New York, regionally and at country level. The staffing of the Network secretariat has also been a key priority, with welcome secondments from UNHCR, DESA and forthcoming from UNICEF.
With this groundwork in place, this first workplan of the Network focuses on key issues where the UN system can add value in delivering concrete results as a matter of priority in supporting GCM implementation, recognizing that the GCM is rooted in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In all it does, the Network will strive to uphold and advocate for the laws and principles which call for the respect and protection of all migrants and their communities, and the realization of all their human rights, with a particular focus on those in the most vulnerable situations.
The workplan comprises three elements: (i) core; (ii) thematic; and (iii) a pipeline of potential future activities. Under the first two, the workplan delineates a number of workstreams focusing on concrete deliverables. The workplan does not purport to be a comprehensive compendium of what the UN system is doing on migration but rather offers an overview of the range of activities in which the Network will engage.
While this workplan represents the commitment of the UN system to ensure effective and coherent system-wide support on migration, it explicitly recognizes that the Network does not operate in a vacuum. Throughout, it privileges partnerships both within the system, including with the new Resident Coordinator system, with Member States, and with other stakeholders, including civil society.
Similarly, the workplan also recognizes the considerable work that has already been undertaken, and is ongoing, and expertise acquired in pursuit of realizing all 23 GCM objectives by a broad range of stakeholders. In implementing this workplan, the Network will prioritize building on and, working with existing expertise and best practice, in support of Member States. Equally, it will prioritize flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing conditions and demands, not least the needs and aspirations of migrants themselves.
Finally, the workplan also recognizes the importance of addressing migration-related aspects of mixed movements in various situations as well as of ensuring complementarity between the Global Compact on Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees in responding to complex migratory flows.