The UN Migration Pact - Should NZ sign to the principals in the document.
I have heard many sides to this particular debacle and am interested in forming an official position on this topic, this would allow me to go to certain parties and advocate for whatever position the membership favors.
Personally, I am not big on seeking approval on our policies from international entities in general. I would rather not have to worry about committing to something regardless of whether it is binding or non-binding and would rather set our own standards and codes for migration policy. However, this is something to consider.
I have read the original document which I will link to. A lot of it seems O.K on the whole. However, like a Terms & Conditions, we should agree with absolutely every single thing before signing. And even then we would want some room to breathe if we could.
I can't say that I have done a lot of research on the pact. However, some problems have been identified. In particular, our freedom to dissect and critically analyze migration policy seems to have come under fire to some extent, feel free to correct me on this but it is from what I have seen.
Will add more tommorrow.
Poll Created Tue 11 Dec 2018 10:20PM
Should NZ sign the UN Migration Pact document Closed Mon 17 Dec 2018 10:03AM
I put this as a question of why rather than why not in terms of signing the agreement, despite it being non-binding as people have pointed out. There is too much disagreement among ourselves and the wider community to consider signing this pact. As a result the Party will recommend to not sign the agreement at this stage.
This will be used to Gauge our party position on this topic.
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Jo Booth Fri 14 Dec 2018 11:47PM
I think NZ needs to adhere to the basics of the global community - and while the UN is a bit hit and miss, this is "non-legally binding, cooperative framework" and we should at least head in that direction.
Personally I've seen greater vibrancy in my local community with immigrants and I enjoy the diversity that comes from "importing" other ways of thinking about society.
So in balance I say yes, look at it.. see if we can make it fit.