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Closing Remarks at International Dialogue on Migration 2017

As delivered Closing Remarks by H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, at International Dialogue on Migration 2017 19 April, 2017   Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to thank the International Organization for Migration for inviting me to address the closing session of the 2017 International […]

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Meeting of IOM Council on occasion of 65th Anniversary of IOM

Keynote address by H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the General Assembly, at meeting of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Council on the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of IOM in Geneva 5 December 2016   Director General, Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,   I am delighted to […]

65th anniversary of IOM


Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

With 165 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management:

  • Migration and development
  • Facilitating migration
  • Regulating migration
  • Forced migration.

IOM activities that cut across these areas include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants’ rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.

The President of the UN General Assembly met with Director General of the International Organization for Migration, Mr. William Lacy Swing

Meeting with the Director General of IOM

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson met today with the Director General of the International Organization for Migration, Mr. William Lacy Swing. They exchanged views on the 19 September Summit on Refugees and Migrants and the New York Declaration to be adopted at the Summit. The President of the General Assembly […]