South Asia Consultation on GCM Held in Nepal
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Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) in collaboration with the Solidarity Centre South Asia office organized the South Asia Consultation on the Global Compact for Migration on 4-6 July 2019 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The consultation was focused on previous national consultations on the GCM and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the recently adopted Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Jon Hartough, country program director of Solidarity Center-Bangladesh Office joined the consultation along with a Bangladesh team of migrant rights activists, trade unionist and migration researcher.

The Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) and its network continued to engage on the implementation, follow up, and recommendation stage of the global compact on migration, according to a message disseminated through Facebook page of the MFA on Monday.

The sub-regional consultation discussed synergies between the Regional Consultative Processes and the implementation of the GCM, provide updates on the Colombo Process , Abu Dhabi Dialogue, and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

It also discussed on the focused areas vis-a- vis the twenty-three objectives of the GCM; and Identify initial national focus areas in accordance to the sub-region focus areas

Participants of the program included civil society organizations, trade unions, migrant organizations, community organizations, members of the media, and the academia.

MFA coordinator William Gois, Labour Migration Specialist for South Asia Shabari Nair, SARTUC General Secretary Laxman Basnet, Awaj Foundation executive director Nazma Akhter, IID chief executive Sayeed Ahamad, BNSK executive director Sumaiya Islam and Sri Lankan lawyer Ruchira Gunasekera  spoke at the consultation, according to facebook post.

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