Speeches

IOM DG Swing's Statement at the Syria Brussels Conference

Date: 04/05/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

On behalf of the International Organization for Migration, I have the honor to submit to you a few considerations in this session dedicated to the future of Syria.

Fifteenth Coordination Meeting on International Migration Implementing the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants

Date: 02/16/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Thursday, 16 February 2017, 10:00-13:00, in Conference Room 8, UNQ

Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Introduction

It is an honor and pleasure to be here today, to moderate this discussion on the implementation of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.

9th Annual Ambassadors Conference “Towards 2023: National Values and Global Goals”

Date: 01/12/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Introduction

It is a distinct honor and privilege to have been invited by the Republic of Turkey to be the honorary speaker at the 9th Annual Ambassadors Conference.

Statement of Ambassador Laura Thompson at the Vienna Migration Conference High-Level Political Panel

Date: 11/10/16
Speaker: Ms Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General, International Organization for MIgration (IOM)

With some 244 million international migrants in the world today, more people are living away from their countries of origin than ever before. This represents just more than 3 percent of the world’s global population, a percentage that has increased only slightly over the last several decades.  What is different, however, is that people are moving from and to more places than ever before, making migration relevant to all governments and all societies. 

G6 Meeting of the Ministers of Interior - Thematic Working Dinner on Migration Issues

Date: 10/20/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Your Excellency, Mininster of the Interior, Angelino Alfano,
Your Excellencies, Ministers of the Interior,
Mr. Secretary and Madame Attorney General,
Representatives of European and International Organizations,
Distinguished delegates,

It is a great honour for me to share some thoughts with this distinguished audience.

I wish to thank the Italian Government and Minister of Interior, The Honorable Angelino Alfano, for the invitation.

Closing Remarks - International Dialogue on Migration in Geneva

Date: 10/12/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Opening Remarks - International Dialogue on Migration in Geneva

Date: 10/11/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Introduction and Workshop Context

Distinguished participants and panelists, ladies and gentlemen.

It is an honor to welcome you to Geneva for the convening of the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) in a series of two workshops on Follow-up and review of migration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

For the past 15 years IOM has been making available its regular and principal policy dialogue forum—the IDM—to strengthen global governance of migration.

Reflections on September 19th and the Way Forward

Date: 10/10/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Introduction

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be here with you at this high-level meeting on the outcomes of the UN General Assembly “Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants”. At IOM, we have great respect for GIZ and its important work throughout the world.

    I would like to make three points:

Statement of IOM Director General William Lacy Swing at the September Summit and Signing of the IOM-UN Agreement

Date: 09/19/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

The signature of this historic agreement brings the leading global migration agency – the International Organization for Migration (IOM) – into the United Nations and culminates a 65-year relationship with the UN. So, for the very first time in 71 years, the United Nations now has a “UN Migration Agency.” This is a singular honor for our Organization and, I believe, a genuine success – for migrants in particular but also for Member States and indeed for this Summit.

Statement, 6th Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD VI) - Thematic Session: “Promoting Resilient Health Systems for Quality of Life”

Date: 08/27/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

I wish to thank our host, the Government of Kenya and to the government and people of Japan and the Co-Sponsors for their unwavering support of Africa's Development through the TICAD framework.

I had the honor to participate in the TICAD V Summit in Yokohama in 2011 and I am honoured to be here today for  TICAD VI. IOM is very honoured and proud to be associated with the TICAD and I would like to thank the Government of Japan for its generous financial support in the implementation of  TICAD priority throughout Africa.

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