Tunisians working in a field (Credit: ANSA/ EPA)
Tunisians working in a field (Credit: ANSA/ EPA)

The Food and Agriculture Organization and International Organisation for Migration have signed a new memorandum of understanding to strengthen cooperation.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have signed a pledge to boost cooperation between the two UN agencies. This year, the FAO and the IOM hold the joint presidency of the Global Migration Group, which consists of 20 UN agencies and is aimed at addressing global migration issues.


New approach to global initiatives 

The new agreement will serve as a basis for FAO and IOM to highlight the importance of agricultural and rural development in the context of migration. The goal is to strengthen collaboration in strategic advocacy, as well as share knowledge on the design, implementation and monitoring of programs countries adopt to include migration in their national development policies. 

Closer ties in view of Global Compact negotiations 

In a statement, FAO and IOM said closer ties are crucial in view of intergovernmental negotiations leading to the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration (GCM) by the end of 2018. The Global Compacts to be crafted this year - one for migration and a separate one for refugees - will be the product of a country-led process and is supposed to provide a comprehensive set of common principles and approaches to improve, complement and reinforce policy frameworks at the national, regional and global level. 
 

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