Speeches

Briefing to the Humanitarian Liaison Working Group (HLWG) on the Mediterranean / Migration Situation

Date: 02/29/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be invited to speak to all of you today on an issue of utmost importance to all of us.  I wish to thank Ambassador Inigo Lambertini and the Permanent Mission of Italy as the chair of the HLWG I for organizing this briefing. 

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Opening Remarks - International Dialogue on Migration in New York

Date: 02/29/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Introduction

Mayor Coderre, distinguished participants and panellists, ladies and gentlemen.

It’s an honor to welcome you to the first in a series of meetings within the context of IOM’s annual International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) – a series in which we will reflect together on the specific role of migration and migrants in the 2030 Agenda – as we move into implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Keynote Speech, International Workshop on Acceptance of Foreign Nationals and Their Integration into Japan - Diversity Management in Workplaces: Do Japanese firms provide attractive and fulfilling working environments?

Date: 02/26/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Introduction

State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yoji MUTO
The Mayor of Shinagawa City, Mr. Takeshi HAMANO
Director General, Consular Affairs Bureau, MOFA, Mr. Masaki NOKE
Distinguished Speakers and Panelists
Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a great honour for me to visit Japan yet again and a great honour to take part in this annual workshop for the eighth consecutive year.

Opening Statement, 2016 Munich Security Conference, Panel Discussion: “Refuge Refused? The EU and the Migrant Crisis”

Date: 02/12/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be invited to the 2016 Munich Security Conference. I wish to thank Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, and the MSC team for organizing this important annual event. I am delighted that you have selected “Refuge Refused? The EU and the Migrant Crisis" as the theme for this panel discussion. This topic is most timely. IOM has long held the view that large-scale migration is and will remain a “mega-trend” of this century.

Remarks, Reception for IOM Staff, Government of Lebanon, Canadian Resettlement Partner Agencies, and UN Country Team Representatives - “Forced Migration in the Middle East, and the mutual benefits of partnership”

Date: 01/27/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be here with you this evening. I am touched by your presence.

This reception is a celebration of partnerships and cooperation which have been instrumental in carrying out critical, life-saving work.

Remarks, Launch of the Inter-agency Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Europe: Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans Route

Date: 01/25/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It’s an honor to be with you and my distinguished colleagues, and I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to be here this afternoon for the launch of the inter-agency Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Europe: Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans route.

Remarks, 15th Plenary Meeting of the Transatlantic Council on Migration: Development, mobility protection - Building opportunity into refugee solutions

Date: 01/17/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be invited to this Fifteenth Plenary Meeting of the Transatlantic Council on Migration, and I wish to thank Demetrios, Katheleen, and the Migration Policy Institute, for organizing this important event -- a platform on which to explore how governments can mitigate the rising financial, economic, and political costs of forced migration. I am delighted that you have selected ‘Forced Migration in a Context of Heightened Geopolitical Challenges’ as the theme for this discussion.

Remarks, Special Event on the Encyclical Letter Laudato Sii of His Holiness Pope Francis: “The Encyclical Letter Laudato Sii as a resource for identifying equitable solutions to the current migration flows”

Date: 01/15/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be invited here today, and I wish to thank our esteemed colleague and good friend, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, for organizing this important event. We are gathered to reflect on and discuss the Encyclical Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis in Laudato Sii: Care for Our Common Home.  

Opening Remarks, European Conference 2016: Promoting the Multidisciplinary Approach in Addressing Migrant Smuggling

Date: 01/12/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be here today. I wish to thank the European Migration Network (EMN) and the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice for giving the International Organization for Migration – and me personally – the opportunity to participate in this important meeting within the framework of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Remarks, UNHCR High Commissioner’s Annual Dialogue on Protection Challenges

Date: 12/16/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is an honor for me to take part in the High Commissioner’s Annual Dialogue on Protection Challenges. I am particularly pleased to have this opportunity to pay tribute to High Commissioner, Antonio Guterres, for his extraordinary dedication to his High office, his unrelenting commitment to refugees and – on a personal note – for the warmth and steadfastness of his friendship and support over the years it has been my privilege to know him.

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