IOM Chairs 2nd UNCNM Meeting in Belarus

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 Apr 28, 2021

IOM has co-chaired the second extended meeting of the United Nations Country Network on Migration (UNCNM) in Belarus. United Nations Resident Coordinator Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki and the IOM Chief of Mission Mahym Orazmuhammedova discussed the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM), with  government, non-government, and its links to the  National Concept on Migration Policy and Sustainable Development Goals.

The Government’s  contributions to the UN Biennial Report on the implementation of the Global Compact on Migration 2020 and the submission of the national Voluntary Report of the Implementation of the Global Compact with the UN Network’s support in Belarus was highlighted by the UN Resident Coordinator. She noted that the UN Belarus Network on Migration support national policy discussions and formulation of the national migration policy and action plan in Belarus.

The national concept of migration policy of the Republic of Belarus and the national plan for its implementation will play a key role in the implementation of the GCM, as well as the 2030 Agenda.

“At the national level, one of the main tasks of the UN Country Network on Migration will be to provide a forum and platform for multilateral discussion and consultation on migration issues, as well as support in the implementation, follow-up and review of the GCM”, said Mahym Orazmuhammedova -  IOM Chief of Mission in Belarus.

The Network’s functioning was also reviewed from the perspective of the impact of COVID-19. While the pandemic is not a crisis of migration, it nevertheless has fundamentally impacted mobility and migrants’ human rights and raised unexpected policy challenges for governments everywhere. The UN Country Team in Belarus has contributed to these efforts by providing assistance to different vulnerable groups, including victims of trafficking, asylum-seekers, persons granted refugee status and complementary protection in Belarus, as well as stateless persons, including those who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 or had related medical issues.

Partners agreed to utilize the Belarus UNCNM as a platform for further discussion of migration issues, promote capacity building on migration themes for members and partners and jointly contribute to the implementation of GCM through the development and engagement on the national implementation plan of migration policy.