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ICMPD Around the Globe: 6th Ministerial Conference of the Budapest Process adopts the “Istanbul Commitments on the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration”

27 February 2019

Michael Spindelegger speaking at the opening of the 6th Ministerial Conference of the Budapest Process


From 19-20 February 2019 the 6th Budapest Process Ministerial Conference took place in Istanbul, Turkey. 20 Ministers, 15 Deputy Ministers and States Secretaries from 46 Budapest Process participating countries took part in the conference. verwaltungsinterface vom server

ICMPD’s Director General Michael Spindelegger represented ICMPD, hosting the Budapest Process Secretariat since shortly after its inception. The core aim of the Ministerial Conference was to adopt the “Istanbul Commitments on the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration” and its action plan “A Call for Action: a five-year plan”. Director General Spindelegger explained: "We all wish to see: migration maximising its development potential; better managed migration flows; decreased irregular migration; better protection offered to those in need; migration made a choice and not a necessity. We want to see societies freed of xenophobia, racism and discrimination against migrants and refugees. We also want to see the crime of human trafficking appropriately addressed at all levels”.

Close to 40 countries agreed to adopt the Istanbul Commitments. While not all countries participating in the Budapest Process agreed to adopt the commitments, all partner countries have indicated that they will continue to participate in and support activities. At the closingClose to 40 countries agreed to adopt the Istanbul Commitments. While not all countries participating in the Budapest Process agreed to adopt the commitments, all partner countries have indicated that they will continue to participate in and support activities. At the closing of the conference, Michael Spindelegger summarised “all Budapest Process partner countries voiced the ambition to share knowledge and cooperate to ensure comprehensive migration governance in respect of international human rights […]”.

Cecilia Lundström Carniel, heading the Budapest Process Secretariat since a decade, introduced the two documents, which mark the beginning of a new phase of the Budapest Process. Since the last Ministerial conference in 2013, over 20 meetings had been organised, in eight countries, gathering over 1400 participants. The Budapest Process, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018, makes strong links between policy dialogue and operational activities in the region, giving the political commitments a strong base on the ground.

Turkey as the host of the sixth Ministerial Conference chairs the Budapest Process since 2006. In May 2018, Turkey also joined ICMPD as its 17th member country.

 

Download: THE ISTANBUL COMMITMENTS ON THE SILK ROUTES PARTNERSHIP FOR MIGRATION and its CALL FOR ACTION - A FIVE YEAR PLAN

Download the opening speech of ICMPD Director Michael Spindelegger at the 6th Budapest Process Ministerial Conference here.

More information on the Budapest Process can be found here.