The Global Compact for Migration is the first untover global agreement on a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions. The global pact is not legally binding. Based on values of sovereignty, shared responsibility, non-discrimination and human rights, it recognizes the need for a cooperative approach to maximizing the overall benefits of migration while addressing the risks and challenges faced by individuals and communities in countries of origin, transit and destination. The agreement stresses that all migrants agree on universal human rights and strives to eliminate all forms of discrimination, including racism, xenophobia and intolerance towards migrants and their families. Reality Check reviewed the details of the agreement and why it resisted so much. Slovakia: After a dispute broke out within the Slovak government over the adoption of the framework, it was decided to refer the matter to Parliament for discussion. Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajak then announced his resignation if Parliament rejected the pact.  On 29 November 2018, after Parliament voted to reject the pact, the Minister of Foreign Affairs decided to resign but then withdrew his resignation.  On 5 December, after the adoption of the parliamentary resolution by his cabinets, Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini stated that Slovakia would not send a representative to the UN meeting.  Supporters of the agreement say it will promote cooperation and improve the treatment of millions of migrants, but critics fear it will further promote illegal immigration. Intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact on Migration are taking place at the Un headquarters in New York. More information is available on the United Nations WEBSITE.
On 19 September 2016, heads of state and government met for the first time at the UN General Assembly to discuss migration and refugee issues. This sent a strong political message that migration and refugee issues had become important issues on the international agenda. In adopting the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants, the 193 UN member states recognized the need for a comprehensive approach to human mobility and enhanced global cooperation.