Overprincipled and underperforming: the Global Compact for Migration and the challenge to multilateralism

Event co-hosted by the LSE Institute of Global Affairs and the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa.

In the lead to the current UN intergovernmental negotiations for a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), Professor Gibril Faal published a paper entitled ‘Overprincipled and underperforming’.  At this lecture, he will use the GCM negotiations to illustrate the need for a practice-based approach to multilateral agreements, at a time when multilateralism itself seem to be under attack. He situates the discourse in the context of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, and proposes an ‘Agreement-Implementation Matrix’ as framework to move from policy to practice.

Gibirl Faal is a member of AFFORD’s Board of Trustees and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the Institute of Global Affairs and a multidisciplinary business and development executive. He was one of the global leaders who spoke at the 2016 UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, which led to negotiations for a Global Compact on Migration.

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