Foreign Minister emphasizes Guyana’s commitment to the Global Compact for Migration

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Honourable Hugh Todd, today attended the virtual Regional Review Meeting for the Implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

The GCM represents an agreement to engage in closer intergovernmental cooperation and to focus national efforts on migration policy. It sets out a wide array of recommended measures based on international best practices, including an unprecedented review of data, for addressing the challenges of migration governance while protecting the human rights of all migrants.

During the meeting Minister Todd iterated Guyana’s commitment to the core principles of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Minister Todd further highlighted that Guyana has begun taking action in keeping with those standards and objectives that are espoused in the Compact through the establishment of the Multi-Agency Coordinating Committee that deals with the unprecedented flow of migrants from neighboring countries into Guyana. 

The primary objective of this Committee is to develop and monitor a comprehensive, coordinated, mechanism for a sustained response to the ongoing humanitarian needs of the new wave of migrants, as well as ensuring that equitable attention is given to the members of the host communities which are heavily impacted by this migration flow. Also present from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation were, the Foreign Secretary, Mr. Robert Persaud, Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Elisabeth Harper and Ambassador Michael Brotherson.