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.
Ms. Laura Thompson
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is both an honor and pleasure for me to be here today on behalf of the International Organization for Migration for this extraordinary meeting of the Arab Regional Consultative Process on Migration and Refugee Affairs. In this regard, I would like to thank most sincerely our hosts, the League of Arab States and the Government of Egypt.
Today’s meeting is both timely and critical. With the adoption on 19 September 2016 of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, Member States of the United Nations, and the international community at large, decided to embark on a path to develop two Global Compacts in 2018, one on refugees and one on migration.
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.
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.
In this regard, and as was articulated clearly in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, migration and human mobility that are safe, orderly and regular, are integral to inclusive growth and sustainable development.
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.
The XXI Century is the century of human mobility and migration. It is estimated that there are currently more than 247 million international migrants. Human mobility is expected to increase. The World Bank estimates that by 2050 there will be more than 400 million international migrants. So we can no longer think about our economies, societies or cultures without thinking about human mobility. Migration is inevitable, necessary and desirable -- when well governed.
Bringing Businesses and Governments together for discussing proactive partnership in making migration policies more efficient to enhance economic growth, prosperity and global competition is key in today’s world.