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Global awareness of the tragedies of irregular migrants in the Mediterranean basin, with specific emphasis on Syrian asylum seekers

As delivered Opening remarks delivered by H.E. Mr. Elliston Rahming, the Ambassador of The Bahamas, the Vice-President on behalf of Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, at plenary meeting of the General Assembly on agenda item 131 titled “Global awareness of the tragedies of irregular migrants in the Mediterranean basin, with specific […]

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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

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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.

PGA spoke at UNAOC side-event on countering xenophobia

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Group of Friends Annual Ministerial Meeting

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Group of Friends Annual Ministerial Meeting The President of the General Assembly, H,E. Mr. Peter Thomson, today participated and delivered a statement at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Group of Friends Annual Ministerial Meeting. He notably referred to the New York Declaration adopted at the High Level Meeting of […]

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Remarks at Leaders’ Summit on Refugees

Remarks by H.E. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly at Leaders’ Summit on Refugees  20 September 2016   Distinguished Heads of State and Government, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, The deadly attacks on a UN aid convey in Syria overnight, are a horrifying reminder of the day-to-day terror of life in […]

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Closing remarks at High-Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants

Closing remarks by H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly at High-Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants 19 September 2016   Thank you Deputy Secretary General Eliasson, for your comprehensive summary. I join in thanking all Member States for your high level of participation at today’s Summit – it reflects the gravity […]

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 […]

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