The co-organisers have set out the following key objectives for this event:
1. To give voice to local and regional governments regarding GCM and GCR implementation and review, and to support the achievement of the whole-of-government principle.
2. To take stock of local and regional government engagement since the adoption of the GCM and GCR in 2018 and showcase how local and regional governments contribute to the localization of the GCM and GCR. It will spotlight concrete commitments ('pledges') and actions shared by local governments ahead of the IMRF.
3. To motivate scaling in locally-led solutions and encourage enhanced partnerships with local governments for more coherent and effective migration and displacement governance.
4. To formally launch the Call to Local Action for Migrants and Refugees, establishing a public platform for local and regional governments to show their commitment and progress and presenting a first cohort of more than 70 local actions towards the Global Compacts.
5. To elevate the need to invest in city-led solutions through mechanisms such as the Global Cities Fund for Migrants and Refugees established by Mayors Mechanism partners to address the unmet needs of cities as they support migrants and displaced people in the face of pressing challenges, from global pandemics to the climate crisis.