• It will continue to work for the recognition of migrants as agents of change and development; the guarantee of their human rights and the elimination of hate speech and discrimination against them, he said.
  • We must place migrants, together with their rights, dignity and well-being, at the center of the global dialogue,” he declared.
  • The international community can improve migrants’ situation; we have a commitment to them we must all assume, he said.

President Enrique Peña Nieto, today participated in the Plenary Session of the High Level Meeting to Address Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees, in which he said that "Mexico will continue to actively participate in multilateral forums to achieve the Global Pact for Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration and the Global Pact for Refugees”.

In his first speech during the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, he stressed that, “We must put migrants, together with their rights, dignity and well-being, at the center of the global dialogue”.

He added that Mexico will continue to work for the recognition of migrants as agents of change and development, guarantee their human rights and eliminate hate speech and discrimination against them.

He explained that Mexico considers that the steering documents of both Global Agreements must take into account the following principles:

First: a Human Rights approach, which establishes states’ obligations to migrants.

Second: a vision of joint responsibility between migrants’ countries of origin, transit, destination and return.

Third: recognition of migrants’ contributions to economic and social development.

Fourth: a social inclusion approach that will help eradicate intolerance, prejudice and racism.

Fifth: a migration governance framework, offering alternatives for the safe, orderly management of migratory flows.

Sixth: greater international cooperation to build states’ capacities through an integral approach to migration.

Seventh: regarding climate change and natural phenomena as causes of migration.

The Mexican president declared that in order to advance these goals, Mexico has offered to host a preparatory international meeting in 2017.

He pointed out that the international community can improve migrants' situation, noting that: “We have a commitment to them we must all assume; because migration represents not only the past and present of mankind, but also its future”.

President Enrique Peña Nieto declared: “Migrants’ contributions to various societies are undeniable, because each migrant is accompanied by his hopes and identity; energy and talent”.

Mexico is an example of this. We are a country of origin, transit, destination and return. We are a proudly mestizo, multicultural and diverse country; with a lively, vibrant culture, the result of multiple migrations throughout our history,” he said.

"Mexicans firmly believe that miscegenation is the future and destiny of humanity," he said, and welcomed the holding of this first high-level meeting at the UN to address large movements of refugees and migrants. He concluded by saying, “This historic meeting shows that attitudes are also moving”.