The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was endorsed by Heads of States in Morocco on 10 December 2018.
Good Shepherd International Justice Peace Office (GSIJPO) contributed to the long process of developing this Global Compact to establish a contemporary framework for Migration. It rests on the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and human rights charters including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Catholic sisters, church leaders and United Nations officials are hailing the adoption of a U.N.-sponsored global compact on migration they say offers a framework for more humane treatment of migrants, though also expressing disappointment that a number of countries did not approve the agreement or attend the international conference that led to its adoption.
While acknowledging that the spirit of international cooperation the compact represents is facing serious challenges, Sr. Winifred Doherty, who represents the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd at the United Nations, told Global Sisters Report in an interview the fact that 164 countries approved the pact at a meeting Dec. 10 in Marrakech, Morocco, is reason enough to celebrate.
"It was amazing that during these days that multilateralism is under threat, that it (the compact) got done at all," she said. "We should celebrate that 164 countries approved it."
Support for the compact by congregations and others involved in advocacy for migrants come as members of the United Nations General Assembly approved another agreement on refugees, called the "Global Compact on Refugees," on Monday, Dec. 17.
Global Sisters Report
Read a comprehensive article by Chris Herlinger in: Global Sisters Report, A Project of National Catholic Reporter 18 December 2018
Winifredd's Blog, below, will guide you to the links describing the initiative and its importance.
Click here - https://gsijpoffice.com/
Cecilie Kern (see photo) is the GSIJPO staff member who has engaged and advocated the Good Shepherd position through the whole process together with other NGO's including the NGO Committee on Migration.