Two-day national consultation on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is scheduled to begin in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, on Sunday.
Bangladesh Civil Society for Migration, in collaboration with the Migrant Forum in Asia, will jointly organize the National Consultation at the city’s CIRDAP auditorium.
The consultation is aimed at building on the years of civil society engaging in the discourse of international migration, development, and human rights on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. It sets out to have a pragmatic global governance framework to address large movements of migrants and refugees amongst stakeholders and actors.
The objective for this national consultation is to have greater awareness and engagement on GCM among various migrants’ stakeholders and to have strategic collaboration in addressing migration issues with a human rights-based approach within and beyond the GCM, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as national and sub-regional processes.
Following up on the regional and sub-regional civil society consultations, it is crucial for the discourse to trickle down to the national and local level. In doing this, those who are working on the ground continue to be informed and be engaged in the process, giving them the space to relay the realities they see, recommend on what is currently being done and can be done more, as well as strategize to hold all stakeholders and actors accountable at the national and local level.
Israfil Alam, MP, Chair, Bangladesh Parliamentary Caucus on Migration and Development is scheduled to be chief guest of the inaugural session while Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia, MP, Co-Chair, Bangladesh Parliamentary Caucus on Migration and Development will be present as special guest.
The welcome remarks will be made jointly by Syed Saiful Haque, Co Chair, Bangladesh Civil Society for Migration and Alexis Nadine Bautista of Migrant Forum in Asia
The opening Session will be moderated by Marina Sultana, Director, Programme, RMMRU