The Global Compact on Migration, which includes 23 goals for better migration management at local, national, regional and global levels, is the first comprehensive UN agreement on a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions. The Global Compact is not legally binding. Based on values of sovereignty, shared responsibility, non-discrimination and human rights, it recognizes that a cooperative approach is needed to maximize the overall benefits of migration while addressing its risks and challenges for individuals and communities in countries of origin, transit and destination. It will therefore be up to the Member States to implement them with full respect for their sovereignty. The EU has shared competence with Member States on migration and migration policy is a matter of national law. Furthermore, we strongly declare that religions must never encourage war, hateful attitudes, hostility and extremism, nor incite violence or bloodshed. These tragic realities are the consequence of a deviation from religious teachings. They result from political manipulation of religions and interpretations by religious groups that, throughout history, have taken advantage of the power of religious feelings in the hearts of men and women to make them act in a way that has nothing to do with the truth of religion. This is done with the aim of achieving political, economic, secular and short-sighted goals.
We therefore call on all parties concerned to stop using religions to fuel hatred, violence, extremism and blind fanaticism, and not to use the name of God to justify murder, exile, terrorism and oppression. We ask for this on the basis of our common faith in God, who did not create men and women to be killed or fight each other, nor to be tortured or humiliated in their lives and circumstances. Almighty God does not need to be defended by anyone and does not want His name to be used to terrorize men. “The search for common ground between Muslims and Christians is not only a matter of polite ecumenical dialogue between certain religious leaders. . . .