The pact was officially approved by the UN General Assembly on 19 December 2018.  As the pact is not an international treaty, it will not be binding under international law. The Crown Law Office of New Zealand has issued a guidance notice for the New Zealand government, stating that the pact will not be binding, but will not be legally unimportant, and “the courts may be ready… to refer to the pact and to take into account the pact as an aid to the interpretation of immigration legislation.  The global pact includes 23 objectives for better migration management at the local, national, regional and global levels. The pact: a series of informal thematic meetings, regional consultations and stakeholder consultations were held between April and November 2017 to gather substantial contributions and concrete recommendations on the development of the Global Compact on Migration. You can find more information on each of these meetings and download relevant statements and background documents on the UN website The draft agreement recognises the principles of national sovereignty: criticism in Europe has multiplied as the date of the signing of the agreement approaches. Protests against the Brussels agreement became violent and led Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel to propose his resignation. Intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact on Migration are taking place at the Un headquarters in New York. More information is available on the United Nations WEBSITE. On 19 December 2018, the UN General Assembly approved the pact by a vote. 152 countries voted in favour of the resolution they supported, while the United States, Hungary, Israel, the Czech Republic and Poland voted against it. 12 countries abstained.  Latvia: on 6 December 2018, the Latvian parliament voted in favour of rejecting the pact. Supporters of the agreement say it will promote cooperation and improve the treatment of millions of migrants, but critics fear it will further promote illegal immigration. New Zealand: On December 19, 2018, the Labour-led coalition government announced that New Zealand would vote in favour of the pact after being consulted by the Crown Law Office and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Foreign Minister Winston Peters defended his government`s decision on the grounds that “the pact is not legally binding and does not prevent New Zealand from defining its own migration policy.” The government`s decision was rejected by National Party opposition leader Simon Bridges, who said the pact could not distinguish between legal and illegal migration and limit the ability of future governments to define foreign and immigration policy.   Slovakia: After a dispute broke out within the Slovak government over the adoption of the framework, it was decided to refer the matter to Parliament for discussion.