Speeches

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.

Plenary Statement, 6th Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD VI): “Advancing Africa’s sustainable development agenda - TICAD partnership for prosperity”

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

It is a distinct honour to be here in Nairobi for the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development. The theme, “Advancing Africa’s sustainable development agenda – TICAD partnership for prosperity” is most timely – is the first year of the 2030 agenda. IOM is proud to have been associated with TICAD since its inception.

Remarks, 3rd Memorial Event for Humanitarian Aid Workers

Date: 08/18/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

I am humbled to be asked to take part in this important, solemn ceremony to commemorate the life of humanitarian colleagues who died in the service of others. I wish to thank Barbara Stocking and her team for including me and my organization and giving me the opportunity to speak.

High-Level Conversation on “Responding to Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: Human Rights Protection, Labour Market Options and a Global Compact for Migration”

Date: 07/20/16
Speaker: Ms. Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General, International Organization for Migration

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests,

Thank you for joining us today on this important topic as we prepare for the September Summit.

The upcoming Summit provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge that the only way to realise and leverage the development potential of migration and to reduce the incidence and impacts of large or coerced movements is to recognise that migration is a natural phenomenon.

Opening Remarks, GFMD Thematic Workshop “Migration for Peace, Stability, and Growth”

Date: 07/19/16
Speaker: Ms. Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General, International Organization for Migration

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a distinct honour and privilege to be invited to this Thematic Workshop of the Global Forum on Migration and Development on ‘Migration for Peace, Stability and Growth.’ I wish to thank my distinguished colleague and friend, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque, and the GFMD team for organizing this important event.

Opening Remarks, European Migration Network Conference 2016: “Rethinking Returns from the EU: Sustainable Returns and Cooperation with Countries of Origin”

Date: 07/06/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Introduction

Excellences, distinguished participants, ladies and gentlemen,

It is an honour to be invited to the EMN conference on Rethinking  Returns from the EU – Sustainable Returns and Cooperation with Countries of Origin.

In my brief remarks, I would like to make three points

Opening Remarks, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) Course on “Global Migration Crisis: Challenges and Responses”

Date: 07/04/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Good morning. It is an honor to be here with you today.  Welcome to this joint IOM-GCSP Course – entitled the “Global Migration Crisis: Challenges and Responses”. I would like to thank Ambassador Christian Dussey, GCSP Director General, for extending an invitation to IOM to co-develop this course.

Introductory Statement, United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) Symposium on “Environment and Displacement: Root Causes and Implications”

Date: 05/25/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

I am honored to take part in this symposium on environment and displacement. I do so as the Director General of an Organization that is deeply interested and invested in the issue on human mobility,  environmental degradation and climate change. Since the early 1990s, IOM has been advocating for better understanding of the complex linkages between migration, displacement, environment and climate. IOM has been publishing on the effect of climate change on migration for several decades. Only last week, I was in Paris to co-launch – together with Science Po the first ever Environmental Migration Atlas in French, with English and Spanish editions to follow. What was a marginal topic back then has now acquired very high visibility. But it has always been clear to us that these issues are of utmost importance.

Introductory Remarks, Global Forum on Migration and Development Thematic Workshop on Migration for Harmonious Societies

Date: 05/18/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Introduction

Social diversity is a defining feature of our world today, much of which (although not all) is a consequence of migration.

I am, therefore, pleased that we have been given the opportunity to discuss how to ensure that our societies are harmonious in the midst of their diversity. I am particularly honored and pleased that the GFMD Chairperson, a distinguished colleague and good friend, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque, one of the leading global voices in the field of international migration is presiding over our discussions.

Remarks: “Migration in the 21st Century: thoughts and prospects 2050"

Date: 05/17/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It’s a singular honor for me to be included in today’s important Migration Conference. Deputy Prime Minister Reynders shared with me and others as early as last year’s UNGA, and later at Istanbul, his plans to hold such a major conference as an integral part of Belgium’s chairmanship of the IOM Council.

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