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19/12/2018


The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted on Wednesday, by an overwhelming majority, a resolution endorsing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, henceforth known as the Marrakech Compact on Migration.

The landmark document was adopted on December, 10, at the United Nations Intergovernmental Conference on Migration, held in Marrakech.

Speaking during the voting session of the resolution, President of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, reiterated her "thanks to the Kingdom of Morocco for the flawless organization of the Marrakech conference.

" Espinosa said that with the adoption of this resolution "we must now turn our efforts into concrete actions" on the migration issue, and "work to implement the content of the Marrakech Compact on migration".

For her, this important document "tackles the structural causes of migration" and will "guide us on the right track".

On this occasion, several representatives of the United Nations member states, congratulated the Kingdom of Morocco for the successful convening of the Marrakech Conference and the adoption of the Global Compact on Migration.

"The thousand-year-old city of Marrakech was the ideal place to adopt the historic compact," said Fiji's ambassador.

"We congratulate the international community for its collective efforts on this important achievement, which demonstrates our lasting confidence in the strength of multilateralism," he said.

For his part, the Ambassador of Namibia, speaking on behalf of the African Group, said that the countries of this group "warmly welcome the formal adoption by consensus on December, 10, in Marrakech of the Global Compact, also known as the Marrakech Compact on Migration ".

For his part, Morocc's permanent representative to the United Nations in New York, Omar Hilale, stressed that the adoption, by consensus last week, of the Marrakech Compact on Migration was "a historic moment".

"It shows the determination of the international community to strengthen the management of the migration issue, on the basis of voluntarism, cooperation and in particular the protection of migrants and their interests," he pointed out.

For Hilale, Marrakech is "the beginning of a long process to strengthen the management of the migration issue, on the basis of the Marrakech Compact".

Algeria is among the few countries that abstained from voting this resolution, which was adopted by an overwhelming majority of 152 member states, while only 5 countries voted against and 12 others abstained.