On Monday, September 19th the United Nations Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants was held at the UN Headquarters in the city of New York. The meeting allowed the global community an opportunity to develop consensus on managing the movement and protecting the rights of migrants and refugees.
With representatives of 193 nation states looking on, the IOM Director General, Mr. William Lacy Swing, and the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, signed a document formally admitting the IOM into the UN System as a UN Related Organization, giving the United Nations, for the first time, an explicit, official migration mandate.
Mr. Jan Eliasson, the UN Deputy Secretary General welcomed the IOM into the UN System stating that, “The new agreement between our two organizations will benefit both. More importantly, it will benefit migrants and member States.”
At the local level, the newly appointed IOM Chief of Mission for Guyana and Regional Coordination Officer for the Caribbean, Mr. Robert Natiello, arrived in Georgetown on September 15th. Mr. Natiello comes to Guyana after having served previously with the IOM in Ecuador and Colombia.
Mr. Natiello stated, “I’m very much looking forward to working in the Caribbean Region and particularly in Guyana to support the work of the government to further develop its capacity to manage migration flows for the benefit of migrants as well as for the Guyanese society as a whole, especially its most vulnerable members.”