Opening Statement, 44th Plenary Session, Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States
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.
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
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have invited you to join me here in Geneva today, for a cause close to my heart and I know to yours as well, namely, refugee resettlement. I would like to thank you all for coming. I should also like to offer a special word of thanks to Assistant High Commissioner Volker Turk and to senior representatives from traditional resettlement states for taking part in this special event.
Remarques, « La diversité de la migration et l’universalité de la musique » - Concert de bienfaisance de l’Orchestre des Nations Unies en faveur de l’OIM
Mesdames et Messieurs,
It is a distinct honor and privilege to have been invited by the Crawford School of Public Policy to speak on current issues on international migration, a topic which these days – for both good and less pleasant reasons – is rarely absent from headline news, political discourse or community debate.