The Vatican’s nuncio to the United Nations welcomed the “inclusion and added emphasis on the right to family unity and to family life” in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, spoke at the opening of the final round of negotiations on the compact on 9th July.
The document is a negotiated agreement, designed with the assistance of the United Nations, of the nation states that aims to cover all aspects of migration.
The archbishop commented on the most recent draft, saying that his delegation approved of some of the changes but thought that more issues needed to be addressed.
“My delegation welcomes the concrete measures included to address slow and sudden-onset disasters,” he said, as well as the wording about protecting “the right to family unity and to family life.”
“The family is the fundamental unit of society. It is at the heart of human development and social stability,” he said. “For this reason, actions must be taken to promote and ensure the integrity of the family. Family separation is never in the best interest of the state nor of the child.”
Picture: People protest on 17th June in front of a Homeland Security facility in Elizabeth, N.J., to oppose a US immigration policy of separating children from their families crossing the US-Mexico border. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations, praised the UN for emphasising “the right to family unity and to family life” in its compact on safe, orderly migration. (CNS photo/Stephanie Keith, Reuters).