CSOs unite to track global commitments on migration

A number of CSOs came together to form CSOs for Global Commitments on Migration (CGCM) to create a platform for advocating, implementing and monitoring global commitments on migration.

The global initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Compact of Migration (GCM) have set specific, achievable and measurable targets to ensure safe, orderly and ethical migration. The role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in these commitments is well recognized and formalized.

Given the diverse and independent nature of CSOs and the complex nature of these consultative processes, tracking of these commitments by CSOs require more technical, systematic and collaborative engagement. CGCM has been established to address this gap of tracking global commitments on migration and development.

Bangladesh currently has a number of formal and informal CSO coalitions that are contributing to advocating and implementing global commitments. While the existing coalitions serve specific purposes, there has not been any formal tracking initiative on SDG, GCM or regional processes on migration. Thus, the Together2030 mapping and UN-DESA report on the contribution of civil society show that except for the shadow report of the Disability Alliance on SDGs-Bangladesh, there has not been any CSO tracking-initiative in Bangladesh.

The initiative will monitor of the global, regional and intra-regional cooperation and commitments on migration and development through tracking, monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the global commitments; capacity building of CSOs in understanding and contributing to these  tracking processes; conducting research and analysis of priorities and progress of global commitments; contributing in national/government reports;  and engaging with government and non-government partners and in national, regional, and global forums.

Initiated by IID, BNSK, BRAC and OKUP, CGCM’s group of members currently consists of CSOs such as WARBE Development Foundation, SwarnoNari Association Rangpur, BOMSA, ACD, Awaj Foundation, FILMS4PEACE Foundation, Kormojibi Nari, DEVCOM, IMA Research Foundation, BILS, BNPS, BNWLA and  Ain o Shalish Kendra.

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