Leaders from 164-member states, agree to United Nations migration accord spurned by the United States and some other countries
Leaders from 164 member countries of the United Nations (UN), agreed to a global pact for safe, orderly and regular migration called the Global Compact for Migration (GCM). This agreement was reached on Monday at an intergovernmental conference which held in Marrakech, Morocco. The GCM, seeks to better manage migration at different levels ranging from local, national, to regional, as well as global levels. It is also aimed at reducing the risks and vulnerabilities faced by migrants or refugees at different stages of their journey. The GCM is regarded as a non binding agreement. Aside the United States of America which backed out last year, the pact had earlier been approved in July by all 193 member nations of the UN. According to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, migration is a natural phenomenon which happens all the time, all over the world. She considers migration a good thing if it is done legally.