As the lead agency on migration with a global footprint, IOM has a clear view of the tremendous and increasing importance of migration in all world regions. Roughly one out of every seven people on the planet today is on the move, including some 214 million international migrants and 740 million internal migrants. We also know that this trend will continue - with today's 214 million international migrants expected to become more than 400 million by 2040. There is thus a lot at stake given the imperative need to ensure that migration is humanely and responsibly managed.
Ms. Laura Thompson
On behalf of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), I would like to thank the Government and people of Ethiopia for hosting this Ministerial forum, and the African Union, UNECA and African Development Bank for organising this Regional Consultative meeting on sustainable development.
We live in a world where more people are on the move than at any other time in recorded history: 214 million international migrants and 740 million internal migrants. In other words, a billion people are on the move – one in every seven persons on the globe. In this region alone, we estimate that there are more than 2.2 million international migrants, along with an undetermined number of migrants in an irregular status.
It is an honour to present to you this morning at the start of this high level event discussing an issue on which we have all worked very closely. I would like to thank the OSCE, and the Special Representative Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, for inviting me to speak today.
The existing regional processes (15 RCPs worldwide, meeting in Lima) and global processes (HLD on International Migration and Development, GFMD), are clear evidence that States from around the world can come together for constructive discussions even if their perspectives on and experiences of migration differ.
IOM is honoured to be a co-organiser of this important gathering with our generous host, the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and with the UNHCR, our long-standing partner. Several years ago, I already had the pleasure of being here in Almaty on the occasion of a ministerial gathering of many of the countries present today, which resulted in the unanimous adoption of the Almaty Declaration.
It is an honour for me, on behalf of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), to join this distinguished group of speakers at this High Level Event on Human Security. IOM welcomes this timely discussion of an issue that is ever more relevant in our interconnected world, and one of the principal challenges facing the global community and its 7 billion citizens in the 21st century.
Several years ago the international community recognising the fact that the trafficking in persons was one of the most heinous crime took the very important decision to adopt an international agreement to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, as a Protocol to the Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, known as the Palermo Protocol. Since this Protocol was opened for signature, more than 12 years ago, national laws have been enacted, referral systems established, shelters built, return and reintegration programmes implemented, thousands of officials trained, joint investigations instigated, and information campaigns carried out.
It is a great honour to be here to participate in the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Budapest Process in this beautiful and historic city of Istanbul, an appropriate venue for this event not only because it connects two continents as the Budapest Process does, but also because it has experienced diverse forms of migratory movements throughout its history.
Let me briefly thank on behalf of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) the government and people of Ethiopia for hosting this Ministerial forum, and the Government of Japan and the Co-Sponsors for its continuous support towards Africa's Development through the TICAD framework.