“Trends and Complexities in the International Debate Over Migration”, a Conversation with António Vitorino

  • DATE / TIME:
    2019•05•27    18:30 - 19:30

    On 27 May 2019, UNU will host “Trends and Complexities in the International Debate Over Migration”, a conversation with Mr António Vitorino, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

    This event will start at 18:30 on 27 May 2019 in the 2F Reception Hall at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development acknowledges the positive contribution that international migration can make towards sustainable development.  Yet, the complexity and unpredictability of migration, including the large-scale movements of migrants and refugees, have triggered a series of international debates and divergent policy responses around how best to approach this issue.

    What impacts will changes in demographics, labour markets, as well as drivers of migration, such as climate change, have in the next decade? How can the international community benefit from the opportunity offered by migration to reach a sustainable society while accommodating migrants in extremely vulnerable situations? What actions must be prioritised in the coming years, both internationally and domestically?

    Mr António Vitorino will join UNU Rector David M. Malone to discuss the key current global trends and challenges in migration and the priorities that must be set to ensure that no one is left behind.

    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 drinks and hors d’oeuvres 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 26 May 2019) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Mr António Vitorino is Director General of IOM. He is a former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for National Defence of Portugal. He has also enjoyed a distinguished career in Portugal as a lawyer, as well as in electoral politics, and has been the Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs, a Deputy Secretary for the Governor of Macau and a judge of the Portuguese Constitutional Court.

    He holds a master’s degree in law and political science from the Lisbon Law School and is a member of the Portuguese Bar Association.

  • 2F Reception Hall
    United Nations University
    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925