Today as always, the Mediterranean is the theatre of historic
encounters between peoples, cultures and systems, where Europe
meets Africa and East meets West. As we proceed into the
twenty-first century, another century of globalization, we see in
the Mediterranean a new encounter, both profound and dramatic, in
the form of people on the move.
The causes of the new migration are many -- economic, social,
political, developmental, commercial, personal, technological and
Madam Chair, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) welcomes the
opportunity to take the floor today to discuss the 'Enhanced
participation of women in development' and 'Equal participation of
women and men in decision-making processes at all levels'.
Specifically, I should like to refer to both topics with a
particular focus on 'Women in decision-making'.
Forty-fourth Session of the Commission for Social Development, United Nations: Review of the First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006)
First of all, allow me to congratulate you and the other members
of the Bureau on your election.
Madam Chairperson, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and
Pan-European Dialogue on Migration Management: Reinforcing the Area of Freedom, Security, Prosperity and Justice of the EU and its Neighbour Countries
I would like to begin by welcoming you all to the launch of the
Pan-European Process on Migration Management (Vienna Process). This
Process aims at developing a Pan-European framework for dialogue
and action in the sphere of migration. In doing so, the Process
holds the promise of profoundly and positively transforming the
nature and degree of intergovernmental dialogue and cooperation
with a view to developing genuine partnerships in migration
management among EU Member States, European Neighbourhood