Mr. William Lacy Swing

Keynote Remarks, International Forum on Migration Statistics Welcoming Remarks

Excellencies,

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:

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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.

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

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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Opening Remarks, International Dialogue on Migration in Geneva, 11 October 2016

Introduction and Workshop Context

Excellencies, distinguished participants and panelists, ladies and gentlemen.

It is an honor to welcome you to Geneva for the convening of the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) in a series of two workshops on Follow-up and review of migration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

For the past 15 years, IOM has made available its regular and principal policy dialogue forum – the IDM – to strengthen global governance of migration.

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Keynote Address: Orderly Migration in a Disorderly World - Dacor Bacon House Foundation

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Introduction

It is a distinct honor to take part in DACOR’s Annual Conference. I am delighted that you have selected “The Challenges of Contemporary Mass Migration” as the theme of this conference. IOM has long held the view that large-scale migration is and will remain a “mega-trend” of this century.

Today, I would like to make three points:

I. A World on the Move.

II. A World Amidst A “Perfect Storm”.  

III. A World on the “High Ground”.

 

I. A. World on the Move – The Global Migration Context  

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Director General's Statement, Honouring Ceremony for H.E. Mrs. Hind Subeah Al-Subeah, Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of State for Economic Affairs of the State of Kuwait

Your Excellency Hind Subeah Al-Subeah, Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of State for Economic Affairs of the State of Kuwait,Your Excellency Mr. DG of the Kuwait for Arab Economic Development, Madam Resident Coordinator, Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

Introduction

It is an honor and a pleasure to be back in Kuwait – my sixth time since 2012. I am also aware that yesterday, 9 September 2017, marked the third commemoration of the honoring of H.H. the Amir by the United Nations Secretary General as the Global Humanitarian Leader. A truly special moment in the history of partnership between the United Nations and the State of Kuwait.

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Statement, “The 1st International Forum on New Urbanization, Health and Social Integration of Migrant Population”

It is an honour to be with you here today at this important event and from the outset I would like to congratulate the National Health and Family Planning Commission on their initiative to host this first International Forum. The theme for this conference closely reflects IOM’s own vision, namely that migrants and mobile populations benefit from improved levels of physical, mental and social well-being; and that access to health services enable them to contribute substantially to the social and economic development of the communities in which they live.

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Panel Discussion, “Migration and Refugee Crisis: Building a Better Future”

I am honored and humbled to be part of such a distinguished panel event. I took a pledge several years ago not to take part in any panel without at least one woman. Karen AbuZayd wanted to be here.

I am pleased to be with you and glad to see so many of you, “my migrant family”. Migration is more than ever a hot topic and I am glad that young and experienced people alike, such as yourselves, have expressed great interest in learning more about this issue.

I. A World on the Move

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. 

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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.

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Opening Remarks, Global Forum on Migration and Development, Berlin, Germany

H.E. Sigmar Gabriel (Foreign Minister, Germany),

H.E. Gerd Müller (Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany),

H.E. Mr. Nasser Bourita (Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Morocco).

GFMD Co-Chairs Ambassador Dr. Götz Schmidt-Bremme, H.E. Mr. El Habib Nadir

Distinguished delegates, colleagues,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a distinct honor to have been invited to take part in the opening of this conference. It is, as usual a pleasure to meet with the international migration community.

This is the tenth edition of the Global Forum on Migration and Development. I missed out on the first – it occurred before I joined IOM. But I have been a faithful participant ever since.

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