“Migration in the World Today”, a Conversation with Ambassador William Lacy Swing

  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•02•26    18:30 - 19:30

    On 26 February 2015, UNU will host “Migration in the World Today”, a conversation with Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This event will start at 6:30 PM at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    IOM is the world’s leading intergovernmental body in the field of migration, with 157 member states, a staff of more than 8,400 and offices in over 150 countries. Working closely with governmental and non-governmental partners, IOM coordinates efforts to meet the growing challenges of migration management, advance understanding of migration issues, promote economic and social development through migration, and uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

    Ambassador William Lacy Swing will join Sebastian von Einsiedel, Director of the UNU Centre for Policy Research, for a conversation exploring the current myths and reality of global migration trends, the challenges and opportunities of migration policy, and 
the processes at the top of the international agenda that influence policy. The conversation will consider some of IOM’s cross-cutting efforts to manage today’s complex migration issues at the intersections of human rights, international law, peace and security, gender equality and health.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 25 February) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the registration page.

    About the speaker

    Ambassador William Lacy Swing of the United States is now in his second five-year term as Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a post he was first elected to in October 2008.

    Ambassador Swing served as the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from May 2003 until January 2008 and successfully led all facets of the largest UN peacekeeping operation in history. Prior to his work in the DRC, Ambassador Swing served from 2001 to 2003 as the Special Representative to the Secretary-General for Western Sahara and Chief of Mission for the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara.

    During a long diplomatic career at the US Department of State, Ambassador Swing was a six-time ambassador, managing some of the largest diplomatic missions and foreign development and humanitarian aid programmes in two hemispheres, with a record of strengthening bilateral relationships.

    Through his diplomatic assignments in countries facing significant migration movements, he has acquired a deep understanding of the multiple factors affecting international migration.

    Ambassador Swing graduated from Catawba College in North Carolina (Bachelor of Arts) and Yale University (Bachelor of Divinity), and completed post-graduate studies at Tubingen University in Germany and at Harvard University. He speaks fluent French and German.






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