Speeches

Message of Director General António Vitorino to IOM Staff

Date: 10/01/18
Speaker: Mr. António Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration

“Today it is my first day in office as your new director general and I want you all to know how fortunate I feel to be joining the IOM family, roughly 11,000 men and women, the majority of whom are scattered around the globe.

With this brief message, let me, first and foremost praise the remarkable work of my predecessor Bill Swing. He has consolidated IOM reputation as a principled, accountable, transparent organization with an enviable track record of efficiency and effectiveness.

Thank you, Bill.

Keynote Remarks, International Forum on Migration Statistics Welcoming Remarks

Date: 01/15/18
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Excellencies,

Distinguished Participants and Panelists,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an honour to welcome you all to the very first international forum – a forum exclusively dedicated to migration statistics and data analysis. First, let me express my sincere gratitude to our partners: OECD – and Secretary General Angel Gurría – and UN-DESA for their excellent collaboration in co-organizing this timely event -- and a special word of appreciation to OECD for hosting the forum.

I would like to highlight three points:

Statement from the UN Migration Agency Director General William Lacy Swing on Pledging Conference for the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Date: 10/23/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Geneva - Thank you very much Mr. Chairman. Good morning excellencies, distinguished participants, ladies and gentleman.

Having just returned from Bangladesh this weekend, I have three very distinct impressions that I would like to share with you as urgent for our consideration.

Migración e Igualdad de Género en la Agenda 2030, Desafíos para la Acción

Date: 10/05/17
Speaker: Sra Laura Thompson, Directora General Adjunta, Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM)

Es un honor para mí y para la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM) participar en esta Quincuagésima Sexta Reunión de la Mesa Directiva de la Conferencia Regional sobre la Mujer de América Latina y el Caribe. Mi profundo agradecimiento al Gobierno de Cuba y a la CEPAL por hacer posible que estemos hoy acá, celebrando también los 40 años de la primera reunión de la Conferencia sobre la Integración de la Mujer al Desarrollo.

Keynote Address: Orderly Migration in a Disorderly World - Dacor Bacon House Foundation

Date: 09/23/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Introduction

It is a distinct honor to take part in DACOR’s Annual Conference. I am delighted that you have selected “The Challenges of Contemporary Mass Migration” as the theme of this conference. IOM has long held the view that large-scale migration is and will remain a “mega-trend” of this century.

Today, I would like to make three points:

I. A World on the Move.

II. A World Amidst A “Perfect Storm”.  

Director General's Statement, Honouring Ceremony for H.E. Mrs. Hind Subeah Al-Subeah, Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of State for Economic Affairs of the State of Kuwait

Date: 09/10/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Your Excellency Hind Subeah Al-Subeah, Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of State for Economic Affairs of the State of Kuwait,Your Excellency Mr. DG of the Kuwait for Arab Economic Development, Madam Resident Coordinator, Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

Introduction

Statement, “The 1st International Forum on New Urbanization, Health and Social Integration of Migrant Population”

Date: 08/24/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is an honour to be with you here today at this important event and from the outset I would like to congratulate the National Health and Family Planning Commission on their initiative to host this first International Forum. The theme for this conference closely reflects IOM’s own vision, namely that migrants and mobile populations benefit from improved levels of physical, mental and social well-being; and that access to health services enable them to contribute substantially to the social and economic development of the communities in which they live.

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.

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