UN well-placed to address issue of international migration, Mexico says

3 October 2007

The United Nations is well-placed to address international migration, the Ambassador of Mexico said today, calling for the issue to be viewed from a comprehensive perspective and not simply as a security concern.

“By virtue of the multidimensional character of international migration, Mexico considers the United Nations to be the suitable forum for dealing with the issue based on the principle of shared responsibility and the strengthening of cooperation among States directly concerned with the phenomenon,” Claude Heller told the General Assembly as it continued its annual high-level debate.

He emphasized that migration should not be treated solely as a security concern and called for the promotion of a vision based on respect for the human rights of all migrants, regardless of their status, which takes account of all economic, social and cultural implications.

As a country of origin, transit and destination, Mexico urged effective measures to strengthen international protection for migrants, Mr. Heller said, adding that the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families offers a “valuable frame of reference” in this effort.


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