Speeches

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.

Keynote Speech, Practical Considerations for Effective Resettlement

Date: 03/28/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

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

Date: 03/25/17
Speaker: William Lacy Swing, Directeur général de l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Chers collègues,

Introduction

Public Lecture: “Orderly migration in a disorderly world”, Australian National University, Canberra

Date: 03/06/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

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.

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.

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