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Light of a new day
Stronger than before
Love in every particle light
Raindrops a rainbow of life
This journey at beginning
Is what we are born for
This light burning far into future
From Yaweh our gift to this world
Hope and joy that rainbow
Peace and love that light
Your family, my family, their family
Our family, all family
All children of the Book
Working, playing, caring, sharing everything
For glory and praise of our Lord
Our creator of life itself

Isaiah: CH56 1, 6, 7.
1Thus says the Lord:
“Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.
6”And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it and holds fast my covenant
7 these I will bring to my holy mountain and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”

On10 and 11 December, 2018, UN member countries met in Marrakech, Morocco to adopt the first-ever global agreement on a shared approach to international migration:

The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants

Co-operative Framework to build on:

1. Collect and utilise accurate and disaggregated data as a basis for evidence based policies;
2. Minimise the adverse drivers and structural factor that compel people to leave their country of origin;
3. Provide accurate and timely information at all stages of migration;
4. Ensure that all migrants have proof of legal identity and adequate documentation;
5. Enhance availability and flexibility of pathways for regular migration;
6. Facilitate fair and ethical recruitment and safeguard conditions that ensure decent work;
7. Address and reduce vulnerabilities in migration;
8. Save lives and establish co-ordinated international efforts on missing migrants;
9. Strengthen the transnational response to smuggling of migrants;
10.Prevent, combat and eradicate trafficking in persons in the context of international migration;
11. Manage borders in an integrated, secure and co-ordinated manner;
12. Strengthen certainty and predictability in migration procedures for appropriate screening, assessment and referral;
13. Use migration detention only as a measure of last resort and work towards alternatives;
14. Enhance consular protection, assistance and co-operation throughout the migration cycle;
15. Provide access to basic services for migrants;
16. Empower migrants and societies to realise full inclusion and social cohesion;
17. Eliminate all forms of discrimination and promote evidence based public discourse to shape perceptions of migration;
18. Invest in skills development and facilitate mutual recognition of skills, qualifications and competences;
19. Create conditions for migrants and diasporas to fully contribute to sustainable development in all countries;
20. Promote faster, safer and cheaper transfer of remittances and foster financial inclusion of migrants;
21. Co-operate in facilitating safe and dignified return and re-admission, as well as sustainable reintegration;
22. Establish mechanisms for the portability of social security entitlements and earned benefits;
23. Strengthen international co-operation and global partnerships for safe, orderly and regular migration.

To learn more about the Global Compact for Migration go to https://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

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