IOM Member States Gather for 94th Council

Posted on Fri, Nov-23-2007
The 94th Session of the IOM Council gets underway next week during which the Organization will admit new members and observers in addition to looking at issues around labour mobility and migration and the environment.

Burundi and Vietnam will officially join IOM as new members on the opening day of the Council which takes place between 27-30 November, bringing IOM's membership to 122 states.

The Refugee Education Trust (RET), set up in 2000 by former UN High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata, will join as an observer along with NGOs Africa Recruit and Femmes Africa Solidarité.

Panellists including Lorena Escudero Durán, Ecuadoran Secretary of State for Migration, Vayalar Ravi, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, Hatem Ben Salem, Tunisia's Secretary of State in charge of European Affairs and Maxime Tandonnet, Advisor on Immigration and Integration to French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, will lead discussions on labour mobility in an evolving global economy as part of IOM's International Dialogue on Migration.

José Magalhães, Portugal's Deputy Minister of Interior will present the migration priorities of the Portuguese European Union Presidency.

Representatives attending the Council will also discuss key issues on the impact of the environment on migration with panellists including Qiao Zonghuai, Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Theodoros Skylakakis, Greece's Secretary General for International Economic Relations and Development Cooperation, Abdul Bari Khan from Bangladesh's Ministry of Food and Disaster Management, Nguele Dieudonné Tolo, Director General of Cameroon's National Forestry Development Agency (NFDA),  Jaifa Mezher from the Colombian Foreign Ministry and Christophe Bouvier, Director of the United Nation's Environment Programme for Europe.

Looking ahead, member states will be briefed by the United Arab Emirates' Minister for Labour, Ali Abdullah Al-Ka'abi on the forthcoming regional consultative meeting (Colombo Process) on the management of overseas employment and contractual labour for Asian countries of origin in Abu Dhabi in January 2008. It will be the first time that a destination country will be hosting this process.

The IOM Council, which is being held at the United Nations' Palais des Nations in Geneva, is open to the media.

For the Council agenda and background papers, please go to

For further information, please contact:

Jean Philippe Chauzy
IOM Geneva
Tel: + 41 79 285 4366


Jemini Pandya
IOM Geneva
Tel: + 41 79 217 3374