Global Compact Processes

Two processes emerged from 2016’s New York Declaration on Migrants and Refugees: a process to develop a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) and a process to develop a Global Compact on Refugees (GCR).

Throughout 2017, the CoM was deeply engaged in the consultative and stocktaking phases of the GCM development process (see GCM Subcommittee page for more details). The GCR development process was more closed to civil society in 2017 and took place primarily in Geneva.

Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration in 2018

Negotiations of the GCM will take place at UN Headquarters in New York. They will be held on the following dates and times:

Round 1:
20 February 2018 in Trusteeship Council Chamber
(21 February 2018 PGA Multi-stakeholder Hearing)
22 February 2018 in Conference Room 4
23 February 2018 in ECOSOC Chamber

Round 2: 12 to 15 March 2018 in Trusteeship Council Chamber

Round 3: 3 to 6 April 2018 in Conference Room 2

Round 4: 14 to 18 May 2018 in Conference Room 2

Round 5: 4 to 8 June 2018 in Trusteeship Council Chamber

Round 6: 9 to 13 July 2018 in Conference Room 1

All ECOSOC-accredited NGOs and stakeholders given special consultative status for the GCM process are welcome to attend the above negotiation sessions. They are also invited to submit written statements on the draft text of the GCM to Submissions may be made at any time prior to the close of negotiations on 13 July 2018.

The final draft of the GCM will be formally adopted during the intergovernmental meeting days of the 11th Global Forum on Migration and Development, which will be held in early December 2018 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

GCM Drafts

Zero Draft (5 February 2018)

Zero Draft Plus (pdf); Zero Draft Plus (word doc) (5 March 2018)

Revision 1 (pdf); Rev. 1 (word doc); Rev. 1 cover letter (26 March 2018)

Revision 2 (pdf); Rev. 2 (word doc); Rev. 2 cover letter (28 May 2018)

Revision 3 (pdf); Rev. 3 (word doc with tracked changes from Rev. 2); Rev. 3 cover letter (29 June 2018)

Final GCM (pdf); Final GCM (word doc with tracked changes from Rev. 3); Final GCM cover letter (11 July 2018)

Civil Society Action Committee Interventions

As a co-convener of the Civil Society Action Committee, the CoM contributed to the following statements and interventions made during the inter-governmental negotiations of the GCM:

Round 2 intervention (also in españolfrançais)

Round 3 intervention

Round 4 CS open letter to governments   (also in españolfrançais)

Round 5 statements on implementation, follow up, and review and on distinction between regular and irregular migrants

Round 6 intervention

Statement at conclusion of negotiations


Global Compact on Refugees in 2018

The development of the GCR will continue to take place at the UN Office in Geneva. It will include six formal consultations with civil society to be held on the following dates:

  • First formal consultation: 13 and 14 February 2018
  • Second formal consultation: 20 and 21 March 2018
  • Third formal consultation: 10 and 11 April 2018
  • Fourth formal consultation: 8 and 9 May 2018
  • Fifth formal consultation: 12 and 13 June 2018
  • Sixth formal consultation: 3 and 4 July 2018

While all six consultations will be held in Geneva, stakeholders based in all regions are invited to submit written contributions relating to the process of formal consultations that can be posted on UNHCR’s dedicated webpage (aussi en français) or e-mailed to UNHCR has asked that all submissions follow their guidelines for the GCR process.

GCR Drafts:

Following each formal consultation, UNHCR will share a revised draft of the GCR, reflecting the key outcomes and suggestions received, which will serve as the basis for the next formal consultation. The CoM will post the drafts here as they become available.

Zero draft (unnofficial translations in français and español) (31 January 2018)

Draft 1 (unofficial translations in français and español) (9 March 2018)

Draft 2 (30 April 2018)

Draft 3 (summary of changes from Draft 2 to Draft 3) (4 June 2018)

Final GCR (26 June 2018)