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Ensuring a safe migration experience for all

Graphic: Migrant workers on a building site in Doha take a break from their labours

The annual global meeting of NHRIs will explore practical ways to develop a people-centred plan to implement the Global Compact on Migration.

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In December 2018, 164 countries met in Marrakesh, Morocco, to adopt a landmark accord that seeks to improve safety and protection for migrants.

With an estimated 258 migrants in the world, many of whom are vulnerable to exploitation, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Global Compact) sets out a common framework, shared principles and best practices to guide international migration.

It seeks to foster cooperation between countries and promotes measures to strengthen regular migration pathways, to tackle irregular migration and to protect human rights of migrants.

However, the success of the Global Compact will rise or fall on how it is implemented and monitored by States – and this is where national human rights institutions (NHRIs) can play a pivotal role.

This year's annual conference of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) will explore the ways in which NHRIs can support their State to develop a human rights-based and gender responsive implementation plan.


Female migrant workers spend their day off emailing family and friends

Read for the concept note for the GANHRI 2019 session on ensuring human rights-based and gender-responsive implementation, follow-up and review of the Global Compact.


GANHRI 2019 will include discussions on:

  • Understanding the Global Compact and the relevance of migration governance to the unique mandate of NHRIs
  • Advising and supporting the development of national implementation plans
  • Regional cooperation among NHRIs to support monitoring efforts and to share good practice
  • The role of NHRIs in contributing to international review forums.

A conference statement will be developed to serve as a guide for NHRIs in their efforts to promote people-centred implementation of the Global Compact, in line with their mandates and functions under the Paris Principles.

GANHRI 2019 will also include a 'knowledge exchange' on NHRI good practice to improve human rights outcomes for women and girls, including the national inquiry into family violence conducted by the Ombudsman of Samoa.

The knowledge exchange – which follows up on commitments made by the NHRI community at GANHRI's 11th International Conference in Amman – will focus on protection activities; promotion activities; cooperation with civil society, business and other national bodies; and strengthening NHRI organisational culture.

GANHRI 2019 will be held in Geneva from 4-6 March 2019 and bring together NHRIs from all four global regions: Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe.

The conference program and background papers are available on the GANHRI website.

Date: 19 February 2019


Image credits

  1. Migrant workers on a building site in Doha take a break from their labours - WBUR, Flickr; http://bit.ly/2Tf5Jpb
  2. Female migrant workers spend their day off emailing family and friends - WongKC2012, Flickr; http://bit.ly/2IyLWNm