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11 December 2018

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IOM Lauds Adoption of Global Compact for Migration

Marrakesh – On 10 December, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) hailed the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, calling it an historic achievement by the international community.

“Migration is the great issue of our era,” said IOM’s Director General António Vitorino and “the adoption of the Compact by an overwhelming majority of UN Member States should lead to a more balanced discourse, better policies and more widespread cooperation on migration.”

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Universal Health Coverage: IOM Committed to Ensuring Migrants are Included in Sustainable Development Goals Target

Geneva – On Universal Health Coverage Day (12/12) the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other global partners are promoting efforts to ensure Universal Health Coverage (UHC) indeed becomes a reality.

The theme of the day, ‘Unite for Universal Health Coverage: Now is the time for collective action,’ provides an opportunity for partners around the globe to engage in multi-sectoral dialogue and advocacy efforts each works towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the actions outlined in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM); and the Global Action Plan to Promote the Health of Refugees and Migrants.

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5th Border Management & Identity Conference Opens in Thailand

Bangkok – Following yesterday’s adoption of the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) by 164 countries, border management specialists from around the world are today (11/12) gathering in Bangkok, Thailand, for the 5th Border Management & Identity Conference (BMIC) on Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building.

The three-day biennial event – the biggest of its kind in Asia – is hosted by IOM and the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association (APSCA), under the auspices of the Royal Thai Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and facilitated by Thailand’s Immigration Bureau. Its 2018 theme is Alternative Approaches to Border and Identity Management.

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  • UN News, AljazeeraAPA News, and the North Africa Post reported that the Global Compact for Migration was adopted on Monday by 164 UN member states in Marrakesh, Morocco. UN Chief António Guterres described it as the creation of a “roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos.”

  • The Brookings Institution reported on the findings of a World Bank survey that analyzes the challenges of primary health care facilities in Libya.

  • Africa Renewal shared the story of 36-year-old Tekle, one of the thousands of refugees and migrants from Africa who attempted to flee to Europe through the Sahara Desert only to be trapped in Libya.

  • IPS reported on IOM’s Migrants as Messengers programme, a peer-to-peer messaging campaign in Senegal, Guinea and Nigeria that highlights the dangers of irregular migration.

  • Africa Renewal interviewed Ashraf El Nour, Director of the IOM Office to the United Nations in New York, about migration as a catalyst for economic growth in Africa.

  • Newsweek ran a feature on Kara Tepe, a refugee camp on Greece's Lesbos island whose organizers are determined to do things differently – and are drawing inspiration from an unlikely source: European music festivals.

  • The Strait Times reported about a new festival in Singapore that brings together an international slate of writers and artists who are from low-wage migrant backgrounds or whose work revolves around migration and refugees.

  • The New York Times reviewed The Jungle, an immersive play about the Calais refugee camp in France.

  • Only SP reported about Bury Me, My Love, the award-winning mobile game based on the real-life experience of a Syrian woman’s quest to reach Germany and find her husband.

  • The Atlantic published the remarks of author and journalist Masha Greene on how to tell the stories of immigration. The comments were made during the fourth annual Hitchens Prize awards ceremony.

  • India’s Economic Times reported that Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad challenged the world to combat rape as a weapon of war during the presentation Monday of their Nobel Peace Prize.