KATHMANDU: Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Gokarna Raj Bista has said that the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration represents a historic milestone in the governance of international migration.
Speaking as the leader of the Nepali delegation to the Intergovernmental Conference for Safe, Orderly Migration (GCM) being held in Marrakech of Morocco today, he said, “As a result of a successful multilateral exercise, we now have a comprehensive framework for international cooperation in the field of migration.”
Addressing the plenary session of the GCM on Monday, he referred to the extensive consultations and negotiations over last two years and highlighted that the process has given better understanding of international migration, its contribution to the development of countries of origin as well as destination, and its related challenges.
Sharing the priorities of the Nepali delegation, Minister Bista emphasized on the objectives related to decent work, fair recruitment, and skills recognition, addressing vulnerabilities of migrant workers, including women, and reducing the cost of remittances.
He also shared the new initiatives and reform measures undertaken by Nepal to ensure better service delivery and fair and ethical recruitment, and added that Nepal does not want migration to be a matter of compulsion.
Bista said that Nepal is now focused on socio-economic transformation with the motto of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’ as our guiding vision after going through a historic political transformation. “More than four million of Nepali people live outside the country, and the majority of them are migrant workers. Responding to this reality, the country has taken several steps in local, national as well as bilateral and regional levels to make migration safe, regular and managed,” he shared.
Minister Bista also called upon the Member States need to work together by involving the wide range of stakeholders, including the migrants. “The success of the global compact will lie in its implementation. Follow-up and review is equally important. Nepal believes that the international cooperation at various levels can make ‘migration work for all,’ he concluded.
Earlier, the GCM was formally adopted by the Intergovernmental Conference. This is the first comprehensive framework agreed by the Member States of the United Nations to cover all aspects of the international migration in a holistic manner. The Compact comprises 23 objectives for better managing migration at local, national, regional, and global levels.
Likewise, Minister Bista briefly met with the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres and congratulated the United Nations for organizing this important intergovernmental meeting, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Similarly, Minister Bista had a bilateral meeting with Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs of the State of Qatar Yousuf Mohammed and discussed the areas of the labour migration from Nepal to Qatar. The two talked about ensuring welfare of the migrant workers, addressing the vulnerabilities and improving governance of labour migration, reads the press statement by the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations, New York.