The Kenya United Nations Network on Migration welcomes Kenya’s decision to join the Champion countries initiative for Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). In May 2021, the National Coordination Mechanism, through the Directorate of Immigration and Citizen Services of the Republic of Kenya officially expressed their interest to become a member in the champion countries initiative for GCM, which was later confirmed by the global United Nations Network on Migration.
The GCM, adopted by 152 Member States in December 2018, is the first intergovernmental agreement prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner. The GCM provides governments and other actors with a practical framework to help craft inclusive and effective COVID-19 preparedness, preventions, response, and recovery measures that respect migrants’ rights and leverage migrants’ positive contributions to sustainable development.
Kenya becomes the second country in East Africa and the 22nd in the world, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, Canada, Portugal, Ecuador, and Bangladesh, to join the initiative. This means Kenya will support in providing lessons learned, and promising practices that can be shared in dedicated spaces amongst Champions and with other Member States. As a “champion” Kenya can play a critical role in demonstrating support for the GCM, including in the GCM African Regional Review, and will be able to receive targeted support from the global Network on Migration.
By becoming a champion country Kenya demonstrates support for the GCM, including through their leadership and engagement in the multilateral processes on the GCM; implementation of Migration Multi-Partner Trust Fund joint programmes; sharing insights as to how to implement the GCM at national level; and facilitate collaborative efforts at regional and global levels, in line with the GCM vision and guiding principles.
“UN Resident Coordinator Dr. Stephen Jackson warmly welcomed this move by Kenya to “put migrants and their human rights at the center of the global agenda.”
*In Kenya, the national UN Network on Migration was established to ensure effective, timely, coordinated UN country team-wide support to the Government of Kenya in their implementation, follow-up and review of the GCM, for the rights and wellbeing of all migrants and their communities of destination, origin, and transit.