Speeches

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.

Statement, International Conference on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean, “Challenges and opportunities of migration management in Asia Pacific”

Date: 12/04/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

It is an honor to take part in this International Conference on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean. Today’s meeting is a much-awaited follow-up to the initial conference on the same issue on 29 May, which I also had the honor of attending.  I would like to reiterate my deep appreciation to the Royal Thai Government for convening this important conference once again and for your legendary Thai hospitality.

Informal Exchange of Views Between the AU and the EU in Geneva

Date: 12/02/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

The Summit held AT Valletta, Malta, on 11 and 12 November 2015 demonstrated the commitment of both the European Union and the African Union to continue engaging in a sustained dialogue on migration at all levels, in a spirit of partnership, ownership and shared responsibility.

Remarks, Inauguration of the work of art donated by the Republic of Argentina to the Palais des Nations dedicated to migrant workers

Date: 12/02/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

I am particularly pleased that you have decided to honor migrant workers with this endowment as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, and the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

Opening Remarks, MICIC Private Sector Consultation

Date: 12/02/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

This is the first consultation ever organized – as far as I know – engaging the private sector to discuss how to better protect migrants in a country that suddenly experiences a crisis and I congratulate the Philippines and the United States for accepting the invitation to discuss with you directly a matter of great concern to an organization like IOM, increasingly preoccupied with the wellbeing of migrants in a world affected by a growing number of conflicts and natural disasters.

Keynote Speech, 240th US Marine Corps Birthday Ball - “A world in search of itself”

Date: 11/21/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

We live in a World on the move.  Ours is an era of unprecedented human mobility – more people are on the move than ever before – more than 1 billion in our 7 billion world.  One in every seven of us is a migrant.

Closing Remarks: Fifth Global Meeting of Chairs and Secretariats of Regional Consultative Processes on Migration

Date: 11/04/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

Exploring Contemporary Migration Challenges: Reflecting on the Outcomes of the 2013 High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Your Excellencies, distinguished delegates,

It has been an honour for IOM to co-organize with the League of Arab States the Fifth Global Meeting of Chairs and Secretariats of Regional Consultative Processes on Migration (RCPs), marking the official launch of the 18th RCP, the Arab RCP.

Opening Remarks: Fifth Global Meeting of Chairs and Secretariats of Regional Consultative Processes on Migration

Date: 11/04/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration

“Exploring Contemporary Migration Challenges: Reflecting on the Outcomes of the 2013 High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development and the Post-2015 Development Agenda”

Your Excellencies, distinguished delegates,

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you all at the Fifth Global Meeting of Chairs and Secretariats of Regional Consultative Processes on Migration (RCPs). Allow me to express my sincerest appreciation to the League of Arab States for co-organizing this meeting with IOM.

Keynote Speech, High-Level Seminar on the International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS) with the Ministry of Justice

Date: 11/03/15
Speaker: Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

It is a great honor and privilege for me to be invited to be with you today. I would like to personally express my thanks to Minister Johansson, Minister for Justice and Migration, and the Government of Sweden for their gracious hospitality and continuing support.

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