By Emma Larking
Centre for International Governance & Justice, RegNet
The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants adopted by the UN General Assembly in September commits states to negotiating by 2018 ‘Global Compacts’ on refugees, and for safe, orderly and regular migration. Unfortunately, these Global Compacts will not be legally binding. As currently envisaged, they represent a disastrous missed opportunity.
When the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees was first drafted, the UN Secretary General expressed regret that it did not include a binding resettlement mechanism. Continue Reading →