Plenary Statement, 6th Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD VI): “Advancing Africa’s sustainable development agenda - TICAD partnership for prosperity”
It is a distinct honour to be here in Nairobi for the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development. The theme, “Advancing Africa’s sustainable development agenda – TICAD partnership for prosperity” is most timely – is the first year of the 2030 agenda. IOM is proud to have been associated with TICAD since its inception.
I am humbled to be asked to take part in this important, solemn ceremony to commemorate the life of humanitarian colleagues who died in the service of others. I wish to thank Barbara Stocking and her team for including me and my organization and giving me the opportunity to speak.
High-Level Conversation on “Responding to Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: Human Rights Protection, Labour Market Options and a Global Compact for Migration”
Excellencies, Distinguished Guests,
Thank you for joining us today on this important topic as we prepare for the September Summit.
The upcoming Summit provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge that the only way to realise and leverage the development potential of migration and to reduce the incidence and impacts of large or coerced movements is to recognise that migration is a natural phenomenon.
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 ‘Migration for Peace, Stability and Growth.’ I wish to thank my distinguished colleague and friend, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque, and the GFMD team for organizing this important event.
Opening Remarks, European Migration Network Conference 2016: “Rethinking Returns from the EU: Sustainable Returns and Cooperation with Countries of Origin”
Excellences, distinguished participants, ladies and gentlemen,
It is an honour to be invited to the EMN conference on Rethinking Returns from the EU – Sustainable Returns and Cooperation with Countries of Origin.
In my brief remarks, I would like to make three points
Opening Remarks, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) Course on “Global Migration Crisis: Challenges and Responses”
Good morning. It is an honor to be here with you today. Welcome to this joint IOM-GCSP Course – entitled the “Global Migration Crisis: Challenges and Responses”. I would like to thank Ambassador Christian Dussey, GCSP Director General, for extending an invitation to IOM to co-develop this course.
Introductory Statement, United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) Symposium on “Environment and Displacement: Root Causes and Implications”
I am honored to take part in this symposium on environment and displacement. I do so as the Director General of an Organization that is deeply interested and invested in the issue on human mobility, environmental degradation and climate change. Since the early 1990s, IOM has been advocating for better understanding of the complex linkages between migration, displacement, environment and climate. IOM has been publishing on the effect of climate change on migration for several decades. Only last week, I was in Paris to co-launch – together with Science Po the first ever Environmental Migration Atlas in French, with English and Spanish editions to follow. What was a marginal topic back then has now acquired very high visibility. But it has always been clear to us that these issues are of utmost importance.
Introductory Remarks, Global Forum on Migration and Development Thematic Workshop on Migration for Harmonious Societies
Social diversity is a defining feature of our world today, much of which (although not all) is a consequence of migration.
I am, therefore, pleased that we have been given the opportunity to discuss how to ensure that our societies are harmonious in the midst of their diversity. I am particularly honored and pleased that the GFMD Chairperson, a distinguished colleague and good friend, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque, one of the leading global voices in the field of international migration is presiding over our discussions.
It’s a singular honor for me to be included in today’s important Migration Conference. Deputy Prime Minister Reynders shared with me and others as early as last year’s UNGA, and later at Istanbul, his plans to hold such a major conference as an integral part of Belgium’s chairmanship of the IOM Council.
Statement, Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism: the Way Forward - High-level Segment Session 1: “National and Regional Perspectives – Ministerial Segment”
I wish to thank the Swiss Federation for hosting us, and commend the Secretary General for the Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism.
All around the world refugees and migrants are among those most directly affected by conflict coupled with violent extremism. The Plan of Action calls our attention to the 60 million whom conflict and violence have been displaced.
And beyond the displaced, there are many others who have moved or are on the move – all vulnerable to extremism, xenophobia or discrimination.