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UGANDA TO HOST THE THIRD PAN-AFRICAN FORUM ON MIGRATION IN KAMPALA

Thursday, 11th May 2017
L: Uganda's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Geneva, Ambassador Benedict Lukwiya, R: Senior Regional Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa in the Office of the Director General of the IOM

The Third Pan African Forum on Migration will take place in Kampala, Uganda on 15-17 May, 2017. The theme of the conference will be "Towards an African Common Position on the Global Compact on Migration". The Forum is designed to complement the upcoming regional consultations towards the development of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). The regional consultation facilitated by International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is intended to provide an open and all-inclusive platform for regional dialogue on migration.
 
This was confirmed by Mr. Charles Kwenin, Senior Regional Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa in the Office of the Director General of the IOM who met the Deputy Permanent Representative, of Uganda to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Benedict Lukwiya, at the UN Offices in Geneva on 9th May 2017. The meeting took place on the margins of a panel discussion that was held being the first informal thematic session in a series of intergovernmental consultations to be held in Geneva, New York and Vienna to prepare for the negotiations on the draft Global Compact in 2018.
 
Ambassador Lukwiya represented Uganda at the thematic panel discussion and shared with the participants the key priorities of Uganda's new policy on migration.
 
According to Mr. Kwenin, the meeting in Kampala is expected to bring together Senior Government Officials from relevant ministries responsible for foreign affairs, development, justice, home affairs, immigration, humanitarian response, labour and social affairs, climate change and other relevant stakeholders from all the AU member states. The President of the Republic of Uganda H. E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is expected give a Keynote Address and open the Forum.
 
The Forum will also provide a platform for the Regional Consultations which will take place as part of the preparatory process to elaborate the GCM and will bring together regional/sub-regional bodies and institutions; UN Agencies and International Organizations; CSOs; private sector; employers' organizations, academia, trade unions, as well as other relevant non-state actors. Mr. Kwenin is due to travel to Kampala to oversee arrangements for the regional consultations.
 
The expected outcome of the Forum will be a consolidated draft document that will be refined into an African Common Position towards the GCM at the regional consultations that will follow the Forum.  The Outcome document will go through processes and procedures of the appropriate AU Organs ready for consideration and adoption at the 28th Ordinary Session of the African Union in January, 2018. This will constitute Africa's input to the GCM negotiations.
 
Background to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

On September 19, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants that is directed at improving the way in which the international community responds to large movements of refugees and migrants, as well as to protracted refugee situations. The Declaration sets in motion two distinct and independent intergovernmental processes to negotiate a Global Compact on Migration and another on Refugees in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

The Declaration also called for regional consultations and thematic discussions to be held as part of the preparatory process and it is in this light that Uganda was chosen to host the discussion on the Global Compact with migration experts from the 54 AU member states at the Third Pan-African Forum on Migration organised by IOM in Kampala.

Uganda Mission in Geneva is fully engaged in the Global Compact preparatory process and will lead the African Group discussion on sub-Theme 3: "International Cooperation and Governance of Migration" that will be held in Geneva on 19-20 June 2017. This third thematic session will discuss international cooperation and governance of migration in all its dimensions, including at borders, on transit, entry, return, readmission, integration and reintegration. Uganda as a country that experiences migration challenges on all fronts (as a destination, transit, return and readmission) including as a major refugee host country is expected to play a role in the development of the Global Compact.

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