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Colombo, New Delhi and Bangkok – With the ultimate goal to ensure that labour migration is safe, orderly and regular for all women and men from Colombo Process Member States, three UN agencies today launched the Governance of Labour Migration in South and South-East Asia (GOALS) regional labour migration programme , on the eve of International Migrants Day.

GOALS is a three-year programme jointly implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The migration corridors between sending and destination countries within and beyond the Asia Pacific region represent a complex web of opportunities and challenges both for governments and women and men migrants. For the first time, three UN agencies have joined forces to put their combined expertise into ramping up innovative and gender responsive initiatives to meet the labour and skills needs of governments at the same time as ensuring the protection of the rights of women and men migrants.

The programme will work closely with the 12 member states of the Colombo Process a regional consultative process established in 2003 to facilitate international co-operation on labour migration issues across South, South East and East Asia.

GOALS programme activities will have a specific focus on countries in South Asia for national implementation to improve labour migration policies and promote effective migration management through strengthened multilateral collaboration.