The Marrakech Mayors Declaration

On 8 December 2018, on the sidelines of the intergovernmental conference to adopt the  UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), mayors and local government leaders from across the globe gathered in Marrakech to participate in the 5th Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development, which focused on “City Leadership in Implementing the UN Global Compacts”. 

During the Mayoral Forum, local governments adopted the Marrakech Mayors Declaration, entitled: “Cities Working Together for Migrants and Refugees”. A document looking at the commitments local and regional governments made regarding the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR).

To date, 76 Local an Regional Governments have signed on to the Declaration, and the list is growing

Through the declaration, local and regional governments: 

  • Call for the full and formal recognition of their role in the implementation, follow-up and review of both the Global Compact for Migration and on Refugees. 
  • Recall that they are at the forefront of managing the impact of migration as well as of the promotion of inclusive, safe and sustainable societies, as migration remains primarily a local phenomenon.
  • Commit to advance the principles and objectives of both Compacts in unison through concrete actions and partnerships. 

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The Marrakech Mayors Declaration is available in FrenchSpanish and English.

Marrakech Mayors Declaration

Our 8 priorities

The Mayors Mechanism Steering Committee members have identified a set of 8 priorities stemming out of the Marrakech Mayors Declaration that connect the objectives of the Global Compact for Migration, the Global Compact on Refugees and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

Improving local migration and forced displacement governance
GCM Objectives
GCR Focus Area

Focus Area
Responsibility Sharing

SDG Commitments
Minimising the drivers of forced migration and displacement
GCM Objectives
GCR Focus Area

Focus Area
Solutions

SDG Commitments
Protecting those most vulnerable
GCM Objectives
GCR Focus Area

Focus Area
Protection Capacity

SDG Commitments
Providing access to urban infrastructure, social services, and education regardless of status
GCM Objectives
GCR Focus Area

Focus Area
Health
Education
Energy & Infrastructure

SDG Commitments
Realising social inclusion
GCM Objectives
GCR Focus Area

Focus Area
Jobs & livelihoods
Solutions

SDG Commitments
Eliminating all forms of discrimination and promote evidence-based public discourse
GCM Objectives
GCR Focus Area

Focus Area
Protection Capacity

SDG Commitments
Supporting reception and advance community sponsorship initiatives
GCM Objectives
GCR Focus Area

Focus Area
Solutions

SDG Commitments
Engaging in regional and multilateral partnerships and increase city-to-city cooperation
GCM Objectives
GCR Focus Area

Focus Area
Responsibility Sharing

SDG Commitments