Category Archives: Migration

UN Secretary-General Message at the High-Level Civil Society Event of the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants, New York, 19 September 2016

Thank you very much, Ms. Susan Alzner, Head of the U N Non-Governmental Liaison Service, for organizing this dynamic event.

Distinguished heads of State and government, Excellencies, I would like to particularly recognise the participation and presence of Dr. Thomas Bach, IOC President. Thank you for your strong commitment, and also the successful completion of the Rio Olympics as well as Paralympics.

I would like to also thank Ms. Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer, and also Olympic athlete Ms. Yusra Mardini and her sister Sarah, and Muzoon Almellehan with the Malala Fund, and Esteemed representatives of civil society, philanthropists and non-governmental organizations.

And I also recognise the presence of the former Prime Minister of Denmark, Ms. [Helle] Thorning-Schmidt. She is now Save the Children’s head.

And above all, my warmest greetings to all the migrants and refugees here with us; Today’s summit meeting which we just concluded the opening ceremony – which will continue all day long today – is a great message and giving a sense of hope and encouragement and strong commitment by the world’s leaders and by the international community.

Today’s summit should make a real difference in the lives of refugees and migrants.

The New York Declaration which governments adopted today, this morning, just now, can be a turning point if leaders fulfil their commitments.

I urge you to raise your voices and push for results.

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مقال رأي بقلم الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة عن اللاجئين والمهاجرين


في أيلول/سبتمبر من هذا العام، سيجتمع قادة العالم في الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة من أجل معالجة أحد التحديات البارزة في عصرنا، وهو: الاستجابة للتحركات الكبيرة للاجئين والمهاجرين

فالحرب وانتهاكات حقوق الإنسان وتخلف النمو وتغير المناخ والكوارث الطبيعية، كلها أمور تدفع الناس إلى مغادرة ديارهم بأعداد أكبر من أي وقت مضى منذ أن توافرت لنا بيانات موثوقة. وهناك ما يزيد على 60 مليون شخص – نصفهم من الأطفال – قد فروا من العنف أو الاضطهاد وأصبحوا الآن من اللاجئين والمشردين داخليا. وينضاف إليهم عدد آخر من المهاجرين بلغ 225 مليونا غادروا بلدانهم بحثا عن فرص أفضل أو لمجرد البقاء على قيد الحياة

ولكن هذه ليست أزمة أرقام؛ بل هي أزمة تضامن. فما يقارب 90 في المائة من اللاجئين في العالم تستضيفهم بلدان نامية. وتستضيف ثمانية بلدان أكثر من نصف اللاجئين في العالم. وهناك عشرة بلدان فقط تقدم نسبة 75 في المائة من ميزانية الأمم المتحدة لتخفيف محنة هؤلاء وإنهائها

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UN Deputy Secretary-General’s remarks at briefing to the General Assembly on UN-IOM relations, New York, 18 April 2016

I am very pleased to be here, together with Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).  As a well-known and much respected head of the leading intergovernmental migration agency active all over the world, Bill needs no introduction in this room and in this company.

Whilst IOM is not formally part of the UN system, we can at least be considered cousins! Both at Headquarters and in the field, our working relationship is very close as you all know.
There has been much debate over the years, about the place and role of migration in the UN and also about the relationship between IOM and the UN.  Ten years ago, for instance, the Global Commission on International Migration proposed that IOM become the leading global agency for migration in the UN System. Continue reading

Deputy UN chief presents new report on global migrant trends, highlighting rising numbers for 2015

Migrants and refugees from several countries arrive by special train in Berlin, Germany. Photo: UNICEF/Ashley Gilbertson VII

Migrants and refugees from several countries arrive by special train in Berlin, Germany. Photo: UNICEF/Ashley Gilbertson VII

12 January 2016 – Presenting the key finding of the latest United Nations survey on international migrant trends, the UN Deputy Secretary-General today stressed that the issue of migration is one of the most challenging and important that the Organization is taking on in the new global landscape.

“When we get into a period of dealing with the migration and refugee issues, it’s important that we have the facts,” Jan Eliasson told reporters at a press briefing, at UN Headquarters, thanking the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) for producing the latest international migration report. Continue reading