UN chief calls for action to protect vulnerable migrants
United Nations, May 31 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for much more to be done to break the yoke of smugglers and better protect migrants in vulnerable situations, especially women and girls.
Through his official Twitter account, the highest representative of the United Nations said that unregulated migration is a cruel realm of human traffickers and comes at a terrible cost.
Recently, the UN headquarters in New York hosted the International Migration Review Forum to promote and review policies adopted by different countries in this area.
During this meeting, held on May 19, António Guterres called for concrete actions to end the trade in human trafficking.
As the Minister recalled on this occasion, in December 2018 the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was approved in Morocco, which represents the determination of the international community to put these values into practice in a spirit solidarity and partnership. .
The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated “how far we are still from achieving international migration governance for all”, said the Portuguese diplomat.
Many migrants worked on the front lines of the crisis, risking their health to save others, and their remittances were a lifeline for many families, he noted.
But too often, migrant workers and their families are excluded from sharing in the prosperity they themselves help to generate, warned the UN secretary-general.
Migrants are often excluded from recovery measures and access to basic services, whether health care or social protection, he recalled.
For this reason, he stressed, there is an urgent need to continue implementing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration with the support of UN member countries.