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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) formally joins the United Nations (UN)

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) formally joins the United Nations (UN)

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On 19th September 2016, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly hosted a high-level summit in New York to address the large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. This is the first time that world leaders are coming together at the United Nations to address issues affecting both refugees and migrants.

With over 60 million people displaced globally, this is now a global crisis that requires a collective effort by the international community, led by world leaders. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on everyone to work together to define a clear path forward guided by international refugee law, human rights and humanitarian law.

At the UN Summit, the world came together around one plan. Member States reached agreement by consensus on a powerful outcome document. The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants expresses the political will of world leaders to save lives, protect rights and share responsibility on a global scale.

Also, during the Summit, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and the UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon signed the Agreement making IOM a “Related Organization” of the UN, which was unanimously adopted by General Assembly of the UN on 25 July 2016. Through the Agreement, the UN recognizes IOM as an indispensable actor in the field of human mobility. This includes protection of migrants and displaced people in migration-affected communities, as well as in areas of refugee resettlement and voluntary returns, and incorporates migration in country development plans.

In adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development last year, Member States agreed to cooperate internationally to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration involving full respect for human rights and the humane treatment of migrants regardless of migration status.

Noting the occasion, Dr Qasim Sufi, IOM Tanzania Chief of Mission, said: “The summit is an historic opportunity for the world to agree on a better response to large movements of refugees and migrants. In addition, we celebrate the approval of the relationship agreement bringing IOM into the UN system as a UN related organization. While in Tanzania as elsewhere, our collaboration with the UN Country Management Team is very close, I am convinced it will become even more so with IOM now part of the UN system and family.”



For more information:

DrQasim Sufi – Chief of Mission for IOM Tanzania

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Director-general of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) William L. Swing (L) and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon (R) signing the IOM UN relationship agreement.