UN / US MIGRATION COMPACT REAX

04-Dec-2017 00:01:00
A spokesperson for the United Nations said today the global organization “regrets” the decision of the United States to pull out of the migration agreement. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / US MIGRATION COMPACT REAX
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DATELINE: 4 DECEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

4 DECEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. Med shot, reporters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General:
“On the global compact, obviously it’s a decision that we regret, but I think there is a plenty of time for US engagement on this issue. But the decision should not disrupt what we see is a clear, unanimous outcome of the New York declaration – for such a global compact, which, I should remind you, will be a non-legally binding and grounded in international cooperation and respectful of national interests.”
5. Cutaway, reporters
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General:
“From where we stand the positive story of migration is clear, it needs to be better told. Equally, the challenges it throws up need to be tackled with more determination and greater international cooperation.”
7. Wide shot, press room
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A spokesperson for the United Nations said today the global organization “regrets” the decision of the United States to pull out of the migration agreement.

Talking to reporters in New York today (4 Dec), Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General said however “I think there is a plenty of time for US engagement on this issue” and added that “the decision should not disrupt what we see is a clear, unanimous outcome of the New York declaration – for such a global compact, which, I should remind you, will be a non-legally binding and grounded in international cooperation and respectful of national interests.”

Reportedly, the US Mission to the UN informed Secretary-General António Guterres about its decision to withdraw from the process on Saturday (2 Dec) ahead of a conference on the global compact for migration in Mexico.

In September 2016, leaders of 193 countries, including the USA, adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, setting in motion the process for establishing the Global Compact for Migration, expected to be adopted in 2018. The Compact is supposed to facilitate safe, orderly and regular migration through comprehensive international cooperation on migrants.

It should also deal with issues such as protecting the safety, dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants.

Dujarric said “from where we stand the positive story of migration is clear, it needs to be better told. Equally, the challenges it throws up need to be tackled with more determination and greater international cooperation.”

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates over 65 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide, including nearly 22.5 million refugees.
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