Vietnam Contributes to Ratification of Global Migration Compact

Mihyung Park, chief of mission at the International Organisation for Migration Vietnam, said the country had contributed to the building and ratification of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
November 27, 2021 | 08:03

Mihyung Park made the comments while addressing the conference on reviewing the implementation of the GCM, co-organized by the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the IOM on Nov. 22.

The event, held both online and in-person, brought together 250 delegates from competent agencies of localities, and the Ministries of National Defence; Public Security; Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs; Justice; and Information and Communication, the Vietnam Women’s Union and some international organizations in Hanoi.

It aimed to review the realization of the plan on the implementation of the GCM in line with the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 402/QD-TTg dated March 20, 2020, seek ways to improve the efficiency of GCM implementation, and look into Vietnam’s national report to be presented at the International Migration Review Forum scheduled for May 2022 in New York. There were about 250 delegates from local authorities (online), Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Labor - Invalids and Social Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Information and Communications Communication, Vietnam Women's Union, several international organizations (International Organization for Migration, International Labor Organization, United Nations Agency for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women) in Hanoi .

Vietnam Contributes to Ratification of Global Migration Compact
Communication on legal, safe and orderly migration.

In his remarks, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung said the plan had been kick-started at a difficult time when Covid-19 unexpectedly broke out across the globe and at home. Its complex developments have severely impacted socio-economic activities as well as international migration over the past two years.

Although a number of countries have begun to open their borders, with Vietnam embarking on the strategy of safely and flexibly adopting to and controlling Covid-19, it is not easy to promote legal migration in the face of the pandemic, Dung stressed.

Meanwhile, migration through unofficial channels and cross-border human trafficking are taking place, causing challenges to migration management and the protection of rights and interests of migrants.

Regarding Vietnam’s realization of the plan, he said that despite a range of difficulties, ministries, agencies and localities had worked hard.

The deputy minister suggested the participants fully assess Vietnam’s efforts and results in the implementation work, and propose necessary solutions to step up these efforts, helping the foreign ministry complete the national report.

An overview of the conference.
An overview of the conference.

Park Mi-hyung said the pandemic had posed various difficulties to relevant sides, particularly migrants.

They would be trapped in the countries of origin, transit and destination, and become one of the most vulnerable groups, she explained, calling on countries to enhance efforts to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration.

She spoke highly of Vietnam’s active contributions to the building and ratification of the GCM, as well as the country’s strong commitments to promoting safe, orderly and regular migration.

The conference focused on Vietnamese nationals migrating abroad during the 2020-2021 period, the implementation of the above-said plan, Vietnam - GCM Voluntary National Report (Regional Review: Asia and the Pacific), and how to raise the efficiency of GCM implementation.

The delegation shared the view that Vietnam should intensify measures to protect the rights of migrants, particularly women.

The International Migration Review Forum will take place every four years beginning in 2022. Each edition of the International Migration Review Forum will result in an intergovernmentally agreed Progress Declaration.

The foreign ministry is coordinating with relevant ministries and agencies to complete the report and send it to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

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