Statement on Agenda Item 134: Programme Budget Biennium 2016-2017: Programme Budget Implications (PBIs)-Inter-Governmental Negotiations of the Global Compact for Migration at at the first part of the resumed seventy-first session of the Fifth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (New York, 10 March 2017)

Madam Chair,

Pakistan joins others in thanking Ms. Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas, Assistant Secretary-General and Controller, Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts for introducing the Secretary-General’s report contained in document (A/C.5/71/19).

We also thank Mr. Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) for introducing the Committee’s report on the subject matter contained in report A/71/827.

Pakistan aligns itself with the statement made by the distinguished representative of Ecuador on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

Madam Chair,

The high-level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants which took place on 19 September 2016 was a watershed. The New York Declaration, unanimously adopted on the occasion, reaffirmed the collective global commitment to save lives, protect rights and share responsibility.

The real challenge, now, at hand, is to translate this commitment into tangible action. The pathway towards an ambitious Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, presents a moment of truth.

All the more so, as the trends for large scale movement of people, across borders and beyond regions, shows no signs of abating.

Madam Chair,

We welcome the appointment of Ms. Louise Arbour of Canada as Secretary-General’s new Special Representative for International Migration. We are confident that as the Sherpa for the process, she will bring a dynamism and untiring spirit to the job that would require a delicate balancing of interests and perspectives.

Madam Chair,

International Organization for Migrations (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees. We believe that the IOM has a central role in the GCM process.

Having said that, we believe that greater clarity is required regarding the specific role of the IOM in jointly servicing the negotiations, the nature of its contributions to the technical and policy expertise required, and the staff resources to be provided.

Madam Chair,

Pakistan believes that all Regional Economic Commissions can play an important role in organizing discussions among the relevant Member States and other stakeholders to examine regional and sub-regional aspects of the International migration and can capture inputs to provide to the preparatory process of the Global Compact on Migration.

Madam Chair,

Pakistan views the agreed modalities for the Global Compact, as a useful starting point. The 6 thematic areas encompass a wide spectrum of issues. We believe that this member-state led process would provide the requisite intellectual stimulus, to effectively service the intergovernmental negotiations next year. We thank Mexico for offering to host the review meeting in November 2017.

Pakistan notes the importance of Modalities for the Intergovernmental Negotiations of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular and, therefore, supports programme budget implications of draft resolution A/71/L.58 and concurs with the Secretary-General’s request for provision of additional resource requirements.

I thank you!