The General Assembly, on 19 September 2016, had convened a high-level plenary meeting in New York on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants. The meeting had resulted in the adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (see General Assembly resolution 71/1), which included a series of political commitments undertaken by Governments for refugees and migrants. The Declaration also recognized the role of the United Nations system in supporting countries of origin, destination and transition as well as the services the system directly provided to migrants and refugees.
The objective of the discussion at the HLCP was to reflect on the outcome of the high-level plenary meeting and consider the role of the United Nations system in its follow-up.
The Committee unanimously welcomed the outcome of the high-level plenary meeting and thanked the Special Adviser and her team for the collaborative process through which United Nations entities had been involved in the preparation of the meeting and in the meeting itself. With regard to actions by entities of the United Nations system in follow-up to the meeting, Committee members overwhelmingly pointed to the broad range of existing mechanisms and processes that afforded United Nations entities the opportunity to make a substantive contribution to the implementation of the New York Declaration.
Regarding system-wide efforts in follow-up to the high-level plenary meeting in the area of migration, many Committee members expressed strong support for the work of the Global Migration Group and its role in inter-agency coordination.
The Committee agreed to keep the matter of system-wide follow-up to the high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants under review and, as appropriate, consider progress on the issue at future sessions with a view to making further contributions, from broad and diverse system-wide perspectives, in the area of policy coherence and programmatic coordination across United Nations efforts.