The mission of the International Organization for Migration - UN Agency for Migration and Regional representation of UN High Commissioner for Refugees for South Eastern Europe, held a meeting on 11.05.2017. in hotel "Holiday" in Sarajevo to present the Global Agreement on migration.
Consultations on this agreement started in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the conference, which brought together representatives of governments, NGOs, academia and the private sector and the meeting was the first in a series of planned meetings that will be organized for the Western Balkans region. On behalf of the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RCSBIH) the meeting was attended by Ms. Zaklina Ninkovic, Coordinator for International Cooperation and the Assistant Secretary General.
Improving coordination on migration, establishing the principles, commitments and common positions and framework for comprehensive international cooperation on the issue of migrants and mobility of people is the intent of Global Agreement for safe, organized and regular migrations, that should be adopted next year. The adoption of the Global Agreement on migration was defined by the New York Declaration on refugees and migrants, which was adopted by UN members in September 2016.
On that occasion , all attendees were addressed by the UN Resident Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina Mrs. Sezin Sinanoglu, Minister of Security, Mr.. Dragan Mektic, Minister for Human Rights and Refugees Mrs. Semiha Borovac, sub-regional coordinator of the International Organization for Migration in the Western Balkans, Peter Van der Auweraert, UNHCR's Regional Representative for Southeast Europe, Ms Anne-Christine Eriksson. More information about the Global agreement on migration was presented by Mrs. Francesca Bonelli on behalf of UNHCR in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Minister of Security, Mr.. Dragan Mektić , particularly emphasized that migration can be looked upon from the positive point of view, as an phenomenon that can be globally beneficial to mankind, and the Minister for Human Rights and Refugees Mrs. Semiha Borovac has confirmed that Bosnia and Herzegovina supports the adoption of the Global Agreement on migration.
As it was highlighted, BiH and Western Balkans have significant experience in the field of migration (internally displaced persons due to war, natural disasters ...), which can be helpful in discussions on this topic , at the global level.