IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino, Remarks for Opening Panel, Helsinki, 24 October 2019
Good morning and thank you for the invitation to be here today for a discussion on the Tampere Programme’s 20th Anniversary, and particular thanks to the Odysseus Network, the European Network on Migration, and the European Policy Centre. As I was present at the inception of Tampere in 1999, once more with the Finnish Presidency of the EU, I am now wondering if I also qualify for a 2.0 software upgrade.
Opening Remarks for International Solidarity Conference for the Venezuelan Refugee and Migrant Crisis
IOM DG António Vitorino
Dear Federica, Dear Filippo, ladies and gentlemen,
Keynote Address, GFMD Thematic Workshop: "Implementation of the Global Compact for Migration at the National Level"
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 ‘Implementation of the Global Compact for Migration at the National Level’.
A lot has been said today on the incredible complexity of the Syria crisis. This is the first time I attend the Syria pledging conference as the new Director-General of the International Organization for Migration. Let me share with you a few comments:
Director General Mr. António Vitorino's Remarks at the Opening of the Global Migration Film Festival
Opening remarks: António Vitorino, Director General, IOM
Migration comprises thousands of stories and where better to share them than through IOM’s Global Migration Film Festival being launched here at the Graduate Institute of Geneva.
This extraordinary festival - run on a shoestring – encompasses over 100 countries across the globe. It showcases dramas and documentaries that bring the migrant experience to life.
Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, it is an honour to welcome you to the 109th Session of the Council. I welcome you on behalf of all our colleagues around the world and thank you for taking the time from your busy schedules to join us here in Geneva.
Let me begin by expressing our sincere appreciation to the outgoing Chairperson, Ambassador Juan Eduardo Eguiguren of Chile, for all his hard work and commitment. I also wish to welcome the newly elected members of the IOM Council Bureau:
“Today it is my first day in office as your new director general and I want you all to know how fortunate I feel to be joining the IOM family, roughly 11,000 men and women, the majority of whom are scattered around the globe.
With this brief message, let me, first and foremost praise the remarkable work of my predecessor Bill Swing. He has consolidated IOM reputation as a principled, accountable, transparent organization with an enviable track record of efficiency and effectiveness.
Thank you, Bill.
Distinguished Participants and Panelists,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is an honour to welcome you all to the very first international forum – a forum exclusively dedicated to migration statistics and data analysis. First, let me express my sincere gratitude to our partners: OECD – and Secretary General Angel Gurría – and UN-DESA for their excellent collaboration in co-organizing this timely event -- and a special word of appreciation to OECD for hosting the forum.
I would like to highlight three points:
Statement from the UN Migration Agency Director General William Lacy Swing on Pledging Conference for the Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Geneva - Thank you very much Mr. Chairman. Good morning excellencies, distinguished participants, ladies and gentleman.
Having just returned from Bangladesh this weekend, I have three very distinct impressions that I would like to share with you as urgent for our consideration.
Es un honor para mí y para la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM) participar en esta Quincuagésima Sexta Reunión de la Mesa Directiva de la Conferencia Regional sobre la Mujer de América Latina y el Caribe. Mi profundo agradecimiento al Gobierno de Cuba y a la CEPAL por hacer posible que estemos hoy acá, celebrando también los 40 años de la primera reunión de la Conferencia sobre la Integración de la Mujer al Desarrollo.