Director General Mr. António Vitorino's Remarks at the Opening of the Global Migration Film Festival
Opening remarks: António Vitorino, Director General, IOM
Migration comprises thousands of stories and where better to share them than through IOM’s Global Migration Film Festival being launched here at the Graduate Institute of Geneva.
This extraordinary festival - run on a shoestring – encompasses over 100 countries across the globe. It showcases dramas and documentaries that bring the migrant experience to life.
Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, it is an honour to welcome you to the 109th Session of the Council. I welcome you on behalf of all our colleagues around the world and thank you for taking the time from your busy schedules to join us here in Geneva.
Let me begin by expressing our sincere appreciation to the outgoing Chairperson, Ambassador Juan Eduardo Eguiguren of Chile, for all his hard work and commitment. I also wish to welcome the newly elected members of the IOM Council Bureau:
“Today it is my first day in office as your new director general and I want you all to know how fortunate I feel to be joining the IOM family, roughly 11,000 men and women, the majority of whom are scattered around the globe.
With this brief message, let me, first and foremost praise the remarkable work of my predecessor Bill Swing. He has consolidated IOM reputation as a principled, accountable, transparent organization with an enviable track record of efficiency and effectiveness.
Thank you, Bill.
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:
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.
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.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
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”.
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,
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.
Statement, Extraordinary Meeting for the Arab Regional Consultative Process on Migration and Refugee Affairs, in preparation for the consultations of the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
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.