Guterres said in an article entitled: “Toward a New Global Compact on Migration,’’ that managing migration had become one of the most profound challenges for international cooperation.
“This year, governments will negotiate a Global Compact on Migration through the United Nations.
“This will be the first overarching international agreement of its kind. It will not be a formal treaty. Nor will it place any binding obligations on states.
“This is an urgent task. We have seen what happens when large-scale migration takes place without effective mechanisms to manage it.
The world was shocked by recent videos of migrants being sold as slaves,’’ he said.
Guterres said the compact would recognise and reinforce the benefits of migration and strengthen the rule of law underpinning how states manage and protect migrants.
According to him, migration powers economic growth, reduces inequalities and connects diverse societies.
Guterres said migration was also a source of political tensions and human tragedies, adding that majority of migrants live and work legally.
The UN scribe, however, noted that minority of migrants were putting their lives at risk when trying to enter countries where they often face suspicion and abuse.
“There are nearly six million migrants trapped in forced labour today, often in developed economies.
Yinka BenTv Lagos