Speeches

Statement, Extraordinary Meeting for the Arab Regional Consultative Process on Migration and Refugee Affairs, in preparation for the consultations of the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

Date: 07/25/17
Speaker: Ms. Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General, International Organization for Migration

Dear Excellencies

Distinguished Delegates

Ladies and Gentlemen

It is both an honor and pleasure for me to be here today on behalf of the International Organization for Migration for this extraordinary meeting of the Arab Regional Consultative Process on Migration and Refugee Affairs.  In this regard, I would like to thank most sincerely our hosts, the League of Arab States and the Government of Egypt.   

Opening Remarks, Global Forum on Migration and Development, Berlin, Germany

Date: 06/28/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

H.E. Sigmar Gabriel (Foreign Minister, Germany),

H.E. Gerd Müller (Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany),

H.E. Mr. Nasser Bourita (Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Morocco).

GFMD Co-Chairs Ambassador Dr. Götz Schmidt-Bremme, H.E. Mr. El Habib Nadir

Distinguished delegates, colleagues,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a distinct honor to have been invited to take part in the opening of this conference. It is, as usual a pleasure to meet with the international migration community.

Opening Statement, 44th Plenary Session, Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States

Date: 05/20/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is my honor and pleasure to take part in the 44th Plenary Session of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS). IOM has been working in the CIS Region for almost 25 years, and almost every member of the CIS is also a Member State of IOM. Thus, I would like to express my profound appreciation in particular to H.E. Madame Valentina Matviyenko, the chairperson of the Council and Speaker, and the Russian Federation for their kind invitation; and St. Petersburg for their warm welcome and hospitality.

Statement, Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

Date: 05/15/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It’s an honor to take part in this forum of monumental importance. I wish to congratulate President Xi Jingping and the Government of China for the ”One Belt and One Road” Initiative and for the remarkable progress achieved since President Xi announced it in 2013.

The significance of this Initiative goes far beyond China and even Asia.

The ”Belt and Road” Initiative demonstrates China’s commitment to building a community sharing a common future, a community achieved by creating opportunities for development and shared prosperity among neighboring countries.

Statement, Thematic Session 1: Human Rights of All Migrants, Social Inclusion, Cohesion and All Forms of Discrimination, including Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance

Date: 05/08/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

To succeed in managing diversity will require: (a) political courage: a willingness to invest in public information, public education, awareness-raising and dialogue; (b) moving the debate from one of identity, to one of shared values and interests.

Keynote Speech, Arab Labour Organization Ministerial Conference: 1st Session: “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, Safe, and Regular Migration”

Date: 04/09/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is an honor and a pleasure to be here with you today at the Arab Labour Organization’s (ALO), 44th Labour Conference. IOM is proud of its long-standing relations with the ALO. Thank you for the invitation and congratulations on all you are doing to address migration opportunities and challenges.

Statement, GFMD Dialogue on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

Date: 04/06/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is an honor and pleasure to be with you today at the GFMD dialogue on the “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.  Just six months ago, an important event took place – an event which has the potential to reshape the future of migration: the adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants on the 19th of September 2016.

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.

Panel Discussion, “Migration and Refugee Crisis: Building a Better Future”

Date: 04/01/17
Speaker: William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

I am honored and humbled to be part of such a distinguished panel event. I took a pledge several years ago not to take part in any panel without at least one woman. Karen AbuZayd wanted to be here.

I am pleased to be with you and glad to see so many of you, “my migrant family”. Migration is more than ever a hot topic and I am glad that young and experienced people alike, such as yourselves, have expressed great interest in learning more about this issue.

I. A World on the Move

Remarks, Handover Ceremony of the Colombo Process Chairmanship from Sri Lanka to Nepal

Date: 03/29/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is a great honor to welcome you here for this momentous occasion of the Colombo Process as Sri Lanka hands over the Chairmanship to Nepal. IOM is honored to host the ceremony here at our Headquarters in Geneva.

Since the inception of the Colombo Process in 2003, IOM has been pleased to have had the honor and the opportunity to support the Chair-in-Office, and we have done so with all of the CP Chairs, starting with Sri Lanka as the first, then the Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and back to Sri Lanka again until today.

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