Speeches

Remarks, Handover Ceremony of the Colombo Process Chairmanship from Sri Lanka to Nepal

Date: 03/29/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is a great honor to welcome you here for this momentous occasion of the Colombo Process as Sri Lanka hands over the Chairmanship to Nepal. IOM is honored to host the ceremony here at our Headquarters in Geneva.

Since the inception of the Colombo Process in 2003, IOM has been pleased to have had the honor and the opportunity to support the Chair-in-Office, and we have done so with all of the CP Chairs, starting with Sri Lanka as the first, then the Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and back to Sri Lanka again until today.

Keynote Speech, Practical Considerations for Effective Resettlement

Date: 03/28/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

I have invited you to join me here in Geneva today, for a cause close to my heart and I know to yours as well, namely, refugee resettlement. I would like to thank you all for coming. I should also like to offer a special word of thanks to Assistant High Commissioner Volker Turk and to senior representatives from traditional resettlement states for taking part in this special event.

Remarques, « La diversité de la migration et l’universalité de la musique » - Concert de bienfaisance de l’Orchestre des Nations Unies en faveur de l’OIM

Date: 03/25/17
Speaker: William Lacy Swing, Directeur général de l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Chers collègues,

Introduction

Public Lecture: “Orderly migration in a disorderly world”, Australian National University, Canberra

Date: 03/06/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is a distinct honor and privilege to have been invited by the Crawford School of Public Policy to speak on current issues on international migration, a topic which these days – for both good and less pleasant reasons  – is rarely absent from headline news, political discourse or community debate.

Fifteenth Coordination Meeting on International Migration Implementing the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants

Date: 02/16/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Thursday, 16 February 2017, 10:00-13:00, in Conference Room 8, UNQ

Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Introduction

It is an honor and pleasure to be here today, to moderate this discussion on the implementation of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.

Statement, Launch of Kuwait Documentary: “In Their Own Words and Voices”

Date: 02/12/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is both a privilege and a pleasure to be back in Kuwait for a fifth visit since 2012 – this time to share with you a day of celebration of Kuwait’s leading humanitarian role in the region and beyond.

9th Annual Ambassadors Conference “Towards 2023: National Values and Global Goals”

Date: 01/12/17
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Introduction

It is a distinct honor and privilege to have been invited by the Republic of Turkey to be the honorary speaker at the 9th Annual Ambassadors Conference.

Statement of Ambassador Laura Thompson at the Vienna Migration Conference High-Level Political Panel

Date: 11/10/16
Speaker: Ms Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General, International Organization for MIgration (IOM)

With some 244 million international migrants in the world today, more people are living away from their countries of origin than ever before. This represents just more than 3 percent of the world’s global population, a percentage that has increased only slightly over the last several decades.  What is different, however, is that people are moving from and to more places than ever before, making migration relevant to all governments and all societies. 

G6 Meeting of the Ministers of Interior - Thematic Working Dinner on Migration Issues

Date: 10/20/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Your Excellency, Mininster of the Interior, Angelino Alfano,
Your Excellencies, Ministers of the Interior,
Mr. Secretary and Madame Attorney General,
Representatives of European and International Organizations,
Distinguished delegates,

It is a great honour for me to share some thoughts with this distinguished audience.

I wish to thank the Italian Government and Minister of Interior, The Honorable Angelino Alfano, for the invitation.

Inaugural Dinner: Swiss RE Group Advisers, "Migration: The future of a prosperous Europe or undermining the political status quo”

Date: 10/13/16
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Distinguished colleagues,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Introduction

It is a distinct honor to be with you this evening. The theme of my remarks is “Migration: The future of a prosperous Europe or undermining the political status quo”.

Today, I would like to make three points:

  1. A World on the Move
  2. A World Amidst A “Perfect Storm”
  3. A World on the “High Ground”

I. World on the Move – The Global Migration Context  

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