Kazakhstan joins Global Migration Treaty

12 December, 2018, 11:40 915
Kazakhstan joins Global Migration Treaty

The UN's Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration treaty calls upon the member states to protect children from violence, injuries, due to the separation of families. 

At the Intergovernmental Conference, an overwhelming majority of the UN member states adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, held in the city of Marrakesh. The conference brought together delegates from more than 150 nations, BNews.kz reports. 

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called the Treaty as a 'roadmap to avoid misery and chaos.' The Treaty will be presented for formal endorsement in January 2019. The meeting, that was held at the highest political level, including the heads of state and governments of the UN member states, as well as heads of UN specialized organizations. Kazakhstan was represented by Vice Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population of Kazakhstan Nurzhan Altayev.

In his speech, Altayev said that a migration policy of Kazakhstan rests on the principles of the observation and protection of the rights of migrants, the inadmissibility of discrimination of them on the ground of their race, nationality, language, descent, religion, political believes, membership of a particular social group; to ensure the fulfilment of the provisions of the law in the regulation of migration procedures and international commitments.  

Kazakhstan, in general, welcomes to join the UN's Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration treaty. 

The Treaty is guided by the international norms and standards in the human rights field. By implementing the commitments taken in this context, the member states ensure the effective observance, protection, and implementation of the rights of migrants, regardless of their status, at all stages of the migration cycle. 

The Global Migration Treaty ensures the best interests of the child in the migration processes, and highlights the importance of family unity, calling for the reduction in the child mortality, the protection of children from violence and exploitation, the avoidance of injuries due to the separation of families, detention or forcible removal, as well as the optimized migration benefits for children.