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Remarks by Deputy Permanent Representative of Estonia at third thematic session of the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration


Remarks by Riia Salsa, Deputy Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN in Geneva at the third thematic session of the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration


Panel 1: International cooperation and governance of migration in all its dimensions

Geneva, 19 and 20 June 2017

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Thank you Mr. Chair,

Allow me to start with thanking the panelists for their insightful remarks and the organisers for the thorough Issues Brief.  

Estonia aligns itself with the statement delivered by the European Union.

As the Issues Brief of this session highlights, the migration governance begins at the national level where sound and inclusive national systems form the basis for regional and international cooperation and governance. In this respect, Estonia pays good attention to ensuring efficient internal and intergovernmental cooperation and regular dialogue between various stakeholders. As an example of best practice, allow me to share that Estonia established in 2015 a devoted migration coordination body that comprises senior representatives from various line ministries and other State institutions. This practice has proved useful in streamlining and updating the relevant regulations and practical approaches in the area of migration. Moreover, we are certain that effective governance of migration has to be based on honest, fast and straightforward communication and cooperation between State authorities, NGO-s and local municipalities. A good example is the very last meeting of the migration coordination body on 9th of June, held with the participation of Mr Eugenio Ambrosi, the Regional Director of the IOM, which was open for all stakeholders and resulted in a fruitful discussion on the Global Compact on Migration.

Building on efficient national systems, the international cooperation addressing large movements of migrants has to center and reinforce the principles of solidarity and shared responsibility as outlined in the NY declaration, and protect human rights of all migrants.

Estonia aims at achieving synergies between different policies, instruments and actions when addressing the migration and contributing to the resilience of our partner countries in addressing the development effect of migration. Aside of the EU Partnership Framework Approach, that the European Union already mentioned, the EU also works on other concrete tools such as the European External Investment Plan (EIP), including the new instrument of European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD) that will be an important tool to improve investment climate and to boost economic growth in African countries.

Finally, allow me to highlight the role of IOM as the global lead agency on migration in achieving tangible results regarding global cooperation on migration and migration governance.

Thank you!


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