2017 Global RCP Meeting

“The Seventh Global Meeting of Chairs and Secretariats of Regional, Inter-regional and Global Consultative Processes on Migration (GRCP 7) was hosted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) under the theme “Inter-state Consultation Mechanisms on Migration and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” on 10 and 11 October 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. 

GRCP 7 aimed to bring together Inter-state Consultation Mechanisms on Migration (ISCM) – whether regional (RCPs), inter-regional (IRFs) or global – as well as their regional partners (UN Regional Commissions and Regional Economic Organizations) to jointly review their respective roles and contributions to the preparatory process of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). 

The meeting brought together 92 delegates from 22 Inter-state Consultation Mechanisms on migration (ISCM), 5 UN Regional Commissions and 5 Regional economic organizations. 

In anticipation of the event a Survey was conducted among ISCM and their partner organizations to compile their respective experiences to the GCM.  Survey feedback informed GRCP 7 Regional breakout groups and the overall GRCP Recommendations based on overlapping priority areas. 

The agenda of GRCP 7 proceedings included: (i) Global Processes on Migration Inputs to the GCM; (ii) Inputs and Recommendations on the GCM by Region. Breakout Groups and Plenary Discussion; (iii) Discussion on Partner Engagement and Role of RCPs and Others in GCM Follow up and Review.  Proceedings evolved around regional breakout groups, where overlapping issues were selected per Region and overall recommendations across all regions were identify.  These recommendations were filtered during a plenary discussion.  The event culminated in a Closing Session with the presence of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on International Migration and the GCM Co-facilitators. 

GRCP 7 resulted in the formulation of joint actionable commitments arising from recommendations on the GCM made by ISCM and partner organizations (UN Regional Commission and Regional economic Organizations) – the “GRCP 7 Highlights”. 

GRCP 7 underscored the significant role of ISCM in migration governance, recognized partnerships with governmental and non-governmental partners as an essential part of the efforts to advance effective cooperation on migration and promote better and more effective migration policies; and re-confirmed ISCM essential role in the GCM implementation and follow-up and review.  

Agenda
Day 1

10:00 – 10:15

Opening Session

 

Statement of Welcome

 

Introduction to the Proceedings

10:15 – 11:30

Session 1.  Global Processes on Migration Inputs to the GCM

 

The Global Forum on Migration and Development on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

 

               Germany and Morocco for the GFMD

 

The International Dialogue on Migration and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
               IOM for IDM

 

Questions and Answers.  Discussion

11:30 – 13:00

Session 2. Inputs and Recommendations on the GCM by Region:  Breakout Groups

 

Group 1.               Africa      
Facilitators:         UNECA and MIDCOM

 

Group 2.               Americas               
Facilitators:         UNECLAC and SACM

 

Group 3.               Europe   
Facilitators:         UNECE and Prague Process

 

Group 4.               Asia, Pacific and the Middle East      

Facilitators:         UNESCWA, UNESCAP and Abu Dhabi Dialogue

14:30 – 17:30

Session 2.  Inputs and Recommendations on the GCM: Plenary Presentations and Discussion

 

Rapporteur for Africa       

 

Rapporteur for the Americas           

 

Rapporteur for Europe      

 

Rapporteur for Asia, Pacific and the Middle East        

 

Cross-Regional exchanges and Overall Recommendations on the GCM.  Discussion.

Day 2

10:00 – 11:45 Session 3.  Discussion on Role of RCPs and Others in GCM Follow up and Review.

 

Role of RCPs and Others in GCM Follow up and Review.  Discussion.

 

Partnerships Towards the GCM and Engagement with UN Regional Commissions, Regional inter-governmental organizations, Civil Society, Private Sector and Academia. Tour de Table and Discussion.

11:45 – 13:00

Closing Session: Reflections on the GCM Process, Contributions and way Forward

 

GRCP 7 Highlights
Closing Remarks  

  • Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for International Migration

 

  • Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN in New York, Co-facilitator leading the intergovernmental consultations and negotiations on the global compact

 

  • Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN in New York, Co-facilitator leading the intergovernmental consultations and negotiations on the global compact

 

  • Discussion and Closing