Speeches

Opening Remarks - International Dialogue on Migration in Geneva

Date: 10/11/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Introduction and Workshop Context

Distinguished participants and panelists, ladies and gentlemen.

It is an honor to welcome you to Geneva for the convening of the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) in a series of two workshops on Follow-up and review of migration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

For the past 15 years IOM has been making available its regular and principal policy dialogue forum—the IDM—to strengthen global governance of migration.

Reflections on September 19th and the Way Forward

Date: 10/10/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Introduction

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be here with you at this high-level meeting on the outcomes of the UN General Assembly “Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants”. At IOM, we have great respect for GIZ and its important work throughout the world.

    I would like to make three points:

Statement of IOM Director General William Lacy Swing at the September Summit and Signing of the IOM-UN Agreement

Date: 09/19/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

The signature of this historic agreement brings the leading global migration agency – the International Organization for Migration (IOM) – into the United Nations and culminates a 65-year relationship with the UN. So, for the very first time in 71 years, the United Nations now has a “UN Migration Agency.” This is a singular honor for our Organization and, I believe, a genuine success – for migrants in particular but also for Member States and indeed for this Summit.

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.

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