Friday, 04 August 2017

The 9th Ambassadorial-Level Meeting of the Geneva-based Colombo Process representatives took place on 4 August 2017 at IOM Headquarters. This was the first official meeting convened by the Government of Nepal as the new Chair of the Colombo Process. 

The Ambassadors were pleased to have the IOM Chief of Staff give opening remarks and receive closing remarks from the Director General upon his return from his urgent mission to Libya given the worsening situation there.

The primary purpose of the meeting was to discuss CP engagement in the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) process. Other important items discussed included an update by CPTSU on the five thematic priorities, and update on the suggested new areas of focus, and on administrative matters with respect to the annual contributions for the ‘Self-Funding Mechanism’ that will be used to finance CP Senior Officials’ Meetings and Ministerial Meetings.

Although this was the first meeting under Nepal’s newly assumed leadership, the Geneva-based representatives have met numerous times over the past few years at both the Expert and Ambassador levels. They hope to meet again prior to the CP meeting on the GCM in mid-September to support drafting the CP common contribution to the GCM to be discussed during this meeting which is scheduled to take place on 13-14 September in Kathmandu.