UN Network on Migration Supports Georgia’s Engagement in the Global Compact for Migration Processes

Sanja Celebic Lukovac, IOM Georgia Chief of Mission. Photo: IOM

On April 22, IOM Georgia and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, in coordination with the UN Network on Migration Secretariat, organized a webinar “Lessons Learned, Good Practices, and Network Resources to Inform the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) Implementation” for the officials of the State Commission for Migration Issues (SCMI).

Topics such as lessons learned from the 2020 GCM regional review processes; Migration Network Hub; the Champion Country Initiative; and the Migration Multi-Partner Trust Fund (M-MPTF) were covered by the representatives of the governments of Moldova, Sweden and Portugal together with the UN Network for Migration Secretariat experts, representatives of UN Agencies and M-MPTF. The event included a peer-to-peer discussion on the experiences during various steps and stages of the GCM process. The aim of the Webinar was to facilitate Georgia’s active participation in GCM processes and provide additional resources and information.

Introductory remarks were delivered by Dr Sabine Machl, UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia, Sanja Celebic Lukovac, IOM Georgia Chief of Mission and George Jashi, Executive Secretary of the SCMI.

The UN Network on Migration was established in Georgia on 30 June 2020 to maximize the support the UN system can bring to Georgia migration management, to enhance coordination and “whole of society approach” and offer additional tools for successful migration governance. April 22 meeting is 2nd  in a series of activities that IOM Georgia and UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) have organized in cooperation with the Government of Georgia in 2021 to operationalize the network and promote GCM. According to the Georgian State Migration Strategy 2021-2030 launched in January: “… the UN Migration Network can play a significant role that would contribute to effective coordination in-between the UN agencies on the ground, and through this, maintain regular communication with the SCMI.

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