Call to Local Action for Migrants and Refugees [UCLG Decalogue]


The Call to Local Action on Migrants and Refugees gathers and supports transformative opportunities for scaling up, investment and the development of new local-national-global partnerships to make migration work for all. Steered by UCLG, the Mayors Migration Council, the UN Migration Agency and the UNHCR, the Call to Action supports, connects, and funds concrete actions that fulfill the goals of the Global Compacts for Migrants and Refugees and contribute to the 2030 Agenda. The CTA was launched in May 2022 at the International Migration Review Forum where 44 LRGs and 4 LRG partnerships joined this effort, together mobilising 70 actions and pledges.

The Call to Action platform bridges practice-policy coherence gaps, by spurring knowledge transfer and cross-fertilization of the bold, people-centred local actions showcased, conducting peer learning on relevant governance challenges, expanding political endorsement of the Marrakech Mayors Declaration and funding concrete actions that strengthen local migration governance. Benefitting a population of over 100 million people, more than 80 actions have been collected, and more than 25 of them have been funded all over the world that account for over 23 million dollars. Furthermore, more than 100 cities have benefited from capacity building and peer-to-peer learning on crisis management, climate change related mobility, access to services and more. This year, the Call to Action plans to announce a new cohort of local pledges during the UNHCR Global Refugee Forum in December 2023 and the GFMD Summit in January 2024.


It is co-steered by the Mayors Mechanism steering committee members, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the Mayors Migration Council (MMC) and the UN Migration Agency (IOM) — in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and with broader support from other city partners, including ANVITA, Cities Alliance, C40, Eurocities, FAMSI, ICMPD and Welcoming America.


Migrants and refugees from around the world
The international community as a whole
Local and regional governments


The Call to Local Action for Migrants and Refugees aims to capture this political commitment and vast practical experience, with the aim to: - Expand the number of Local and Regional Governments publicly endorsing the Compacts through the Marrakech Mayors Declaration. - Collect and showcase bold, people-cantered local actions that achieve or exceed the GCM and GCR to facilitate cross-fertilization, peer learning and replication. - Create a cohort of publicly recognized LRG leaders engaged in robust GCM and GCR implementation to motivate scaling, investment and new local-national-global partnerships. The Call to Local Action for Migrants and Refugees is an ongoing and iterative program of the Mayors Mechanism and our partners, following the model of robust local efforts to localize the SDGs and achieve the Paris Agreement. The GCR and GCM complement global efforts to promote sustainable development and explicitly link to the SDGs. When States and stakeholders implement the GCM and GCR, they are directly supporting achievement of the SDGs. Both the GCR and GCM support SDG targets across all 17 Goals, ensuring migrants and refugees are not left behind. The GCM, in particular, is a direct outcome of the commitment of SDG Target 10.7 Facilitate orderly, safe, regular, and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies. Together, these global frameworks recognize that LRGs of every continent are at the forefront of managing the impact of migration and forced displacement and promoting inclusive, safe, and sustainable societies.

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Goal 1
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 3
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 10
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 13
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 16
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development