UN members agree upon global migration accord

Dec 10, 2018, 6:04 AM EST
The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said national policies can work better with international cooperation.
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More than 150 countries in the United Nations on Monday agreed upon the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), a non-binding agreement that seeks to safeguard vulnerable migrants at all stages of their journeys and to ensure well-managed migration.

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, lauded the global pact, adding that international cooperation is likely to help national policies on migrants to succeed, notes Al Jazeera.

The pact was approved by 193 countries, except the U.S., in July and has since been criticized by right-wing leaders, who argue it would increase migration, writes Reuters.

Many countries, including the U.S. Australia, the Netherlands, Austria and Bulgaria among others, have distanced themselves from the pact, even labeling it as an encroachment of the sovereign right of states by global governance.