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ROPAN participates in Migration Forum in Guatemala

Guatemala City, January 30, 2020. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) participated in the Forum on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Guatemala.  This forum was sponsored by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and supported by the Government of Guatemala, various agencies of the United Nations system, civil society, the justice sector, and academia.

The Forum provided a space for multi-sectoral participation in order to promote the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Guatemala.
The inauguration was chaired by Eduardo Hernández, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Rebeca Arias, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System; and Jorge Peraza Breedy, the IOM Head of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Over two days, participants addressed issues such as the social, economic and cultural opportunities generated by migration, institutional partnerships and cooperation. Attendees also addressed migration challenges such as human trafficking, smuggling of migrants, xenophobia and discrimination.

The text of the Global Compact reflects a common understanding amongst governments that cross-border migration is, by definition, an international phenomenon and that effective management of migration requires international cooperation to enhance its positive impact. The Global Compact has 23 objectives and was adopted at a United Nations intergovernmental conference in 1999.
According to IOM's World Migration Report 2020, 3.5 per cent of the world's population is migrant, or 272 million people, 52 per cent of whom are women and girls; the total number of displacements is at an unprecedented level with 41 million and almost 26 million refugees.

According to data from the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry, almost one million Guatemalan citizens live outside the country.