Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the end of the negotiations of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

13 July 2018

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 13 JULY 2018 – “The conclusion today of the intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is a great achievement for children.

“The Compact should help better manage the global response to international migration and address the challenges faced by the nearly 50 million children on the move worldwide.

“The Compact upholds the best interests of the child and emphasizes the importance of family unity. It should help equip Member States with tools to prevent deaths of children, protect them from abuse and exploitation, avoid the trauma of family separation, detention or forced removal, and optimize the benefits of migration for children.

“UNICEF looks forward to the formal adoption of the Global Compact in Marrakesh in December and stands ready to work alongside Member States, UN agencies, local authorities, civil society and faith-based organizations to turn it into practice for children on the move.

“Just as importantly, we will harness the energy, ideas and unique experiences of children and young people themselves to ensure their rights are respected and that they have a full stake in the implementation of the Compact.

“Throughout it all, UNICEF’s work will seek to better understand and address the root causes of migration.”

Media contacts

Najwa Mekki
Tel: +1 917 209 1804


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.

Follow UNICEF on Twitter and Facebook