Co-facilitators have now been announced for the Global Compact on Safe and Orderly Migration Process.

Switzerland and Mexico will co-facilitate the process of “leading to the adoption of a global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration to be presented at an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018”, as outlined in paragraph 63 and Annex II of the New York Declaration.

The New York Declaration was the result of the 19 September UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants resulted in the adoption of which calls upon UNHCR to develop and initiate a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in close coordination with relevant States, other United Nations organizations and stakeholders, and civil society.

Importantly, the NY Declaration also includes a commitment by all 193 States to work together to end child detention.

Ending child detention was also included as one of the 7 action items for global leaders to make change a reality which was a ‘scorecard’ released by nearly 100 civil society organisations in response to the New York Declaration. UNICEF released their Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children report just prior to the Summit, which provides data and testimonies from children in immigration detention.

At the UNHCR Executive Committee (ExComm), the High Commissioner announced the creation of a dedicated Task Team to take forward this objective and pave the way for the adoption of a Global Compact on Refugees in late 2018. This Task Team will develop the CRRF in pilot countries. Both the High Commissioner and the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection have indicated UNHCR’s interest in engaging with a variety of actors in this process, including NGOs. For more information, contact

A session at the upcoming Global Forum on Migration and Development is also focusing on how it can connect with the Global Compacts. Find out more.