Let me start by expressing my sincere appreciation for the great work Ambassador Lauber and Ambassador Gomez Camacho and your team, have done to bring us thus far. A word of thanks also to Louise Arbour for the work during the preparatory phase of our discussion.
Throughout the process that we are launching today, and as we prepare our detailed positions, the EU and its Member States are going to support you in finding a balanced outcome for this negotiation.
I would also like to thank all delegations in this room that were engaged in the preparatory process and the discussions that led to this zero draft. The coming months might reveal some divergence in our positions. But, I’m very confident that they will also demonstrate to the world that we are united in our efforts to find solutions to improve the lives of millions of people. Safe, orderly and regular migration needs more international cooperation.
In your draft, we welcome the focus on human rights and a people-centered approach that is especially sensitive to people in vulnerable situations, in particular children, and that takes into account gender aspects. We also welcome the attention to development and we appreciate the suggestions for concrete actions to break the business model of migrant smugglers and combat trafficking in human beings.
Let me outline a few aspects that we would like to be more thoroughly reflected in the Global Compact as we go forward: