Speeches

Statement at the UN Summit to Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Date: 09/27/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

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Excellencies,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honour for me to speak to you all today at this momentous occasion.

As we join one another in adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we are committing to a highly ambitious, universal agenda that will guide our efforts to achieve sustainable development over the next 15 years.

It is an agenda that includes many significant and critical issues that were left wanting by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Tackling Inequalities, Empowering Women and Girls and Leaving No One Behind - Statement at the UN Summit to Adopt the Post 2015 Development Agenda, Interactive dialogue 2

Date: 09/25/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Excellencies,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I’d like to make three points today to highlight migration’s key role in addressing inequality.  Two points on the relationship between migration and inequality, and lastly, concrete suggestions on what can be done to improve positive development outcomes.  For easy digestion, and memory, I have grouped all three points under the letter “O” -- Origins, Outcomes and Opportunities.

Origins

IOM Director General's Statement on United States' Decision to Accept More Refugees in 2016 and 2017

Date: 09/21/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

“We applaud the decision of the United States Government to increase the number of refugees to be resettled in the country in 2016 and 2017. We were hopeful to see the United States doubling its efforts and we are very pleased with the announcement.

The IOM has been working closely with the United States government in the resettlement of more than 3 million refugees since 1975 and it is important that the United States stays faithful to its long tradition of welcoming refugees from around the world.

Remarks, Informal Meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council

Date: 07/09/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Excellencies, it’s an honor to be invited to take part in the JHA discussions today. I wish to make 3 points:

First, migration is not a problem to be solved, but a global human reality to be managed. We are living in an era of:

Keynote Address, OSCE Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference: ”People at Risk: Combating Human Trafficking Along Migration Routes”

Date: 07/06/15
Speaker: Ms. Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General, International Organization for Migration

The XXI Century is the century of human mobility and migration. It is estimated that there are currently more than 247 million international migrants. Human mobility is expected to increase. The World Bank estimates that by 2050 there will be more than 400 million international migrants. So we can no longer think about our economies, societies or cultures without thinking about human mobility. Migration is inevitable, necessary and desirable -- when well governed.

Migrant Smuggling and Return Migration - Remarks at Ambassadors' Conference, Return as an integral part of migration management: cooperation between countries of destination and countries of origin and transit

Date: 06/04/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Your Excellencies,

Distinguished Delegates,

Introduction

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be invited here today, and I wish to thank Minister Dijkhoff, the Repatriation and Departure Service of the Netherlands, and its distinguished General Director, Rhodia Maas, and the Ministry of Security and Justice for organizing this important meeting. The large number of migrants whose lives are at risk focuses our minds on the urgency of developing responsible and humane measures to address the complex migratory flows across the Mediterranean.

Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean

Date: 06/03/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing

It is a distinct honor and privilege to be invited here today and I wish to thank the Royal Thai Government and Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak for organizing this important and urgent Special Meeting. The large number of migrants trying to reach your countries has focused our minds-and, indeed, our hearts-on the urgency of developing responsible and humane measures to address the complex migratory flows across the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, and elsewhere.

Panel Discussion, GFMD Business Meeting: Matching skills supply and labour demand through public-private action - Current evidence-base, ongoing practices and trending initiatives

Date: 05/15/15
Speaker: Ms. Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General, International Organization for Migration

Bringing Businesses and Governments together for discussing proactive partnership in making migration policies more efficient to enhance economic growth, prosperity and global competition is key in today’s world.

Mobility - Keynote Speech, Dubai International Humanitarian and Development Conference and Exhibition, Session 2 - Moving Relief Items, where/when required, efficiently

Date: 03/25/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

(As delivered)

Excellencies.

Distinguished delegates.

It is an honor to be with you today at the “Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition.” This is the 4th consecutive DIHAD in which I have had the honor and pleasure of participating in. Let me start by congratulating the organizers and the Emirate of Dubai, for the huge success of this event since it was first held in 2004.

Keynote - European Migration Network Annual Conference on Attracting and Retaining Talent in Europe

Date: 03/19/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Your Excellency Minister Kozlovskis,

Excellencies,

Director Pyke,

Distinguished delegates,

It is an honor to be with you today at this EMN Annual Conference on “Attracting and Retaining Talent in Europe.” Let me start by congratulating the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council on your excellent work in the area of migration and for hosting this meeting. What a joy to be in this beautiful and historic capital, Riga! Congratulations on the new National Library, the Castle of Light.

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