IOM Takes Floor at Special UN Event in Vienna

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 Aug 28, 2019

IOM’s Regional Director for South-eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia has commended the President of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Maria Fernanda Espinosa, for being the first Latin American woman President of the UNGA, and only one of four women to have served in this essential role.

Ms Szabados was the only UN agency representative attending the special event in Vienna in honour of H.E. Espinosa to be given the opportunity to speak.

During her intervention Ms Szabados referred to the UNGA President’s vision to “keep the commitment of UN member states to migrants all over the world”. Ms Szabados also recalled the notable developments to this end during H.E.  Espinosa’s Presidency, including the adoption of a Global Compact on Migration and the establishment of a global UN Network on Migration to provide coherent UN support to Member States in enhancing their migration policies, in full respect of their national sovereignty.

“The Global Compact and the Networks have been a vector through which IOM has contributed to other priorities highlighted in Her Excellency’s vision, including empowerment of women, progressing the Sustainable Development Goals, and strengthening of multilateralism at the United Nations,” said Ms Szabados.

She added that continued consultations with IOM partners reaffirmed the need to prioritize climate change, human rights and empowerment of youth and women, all of which are important issues to which IOM is deeply committed.

She concluded by expressing appreciation to the government of Austria for hosting one of the four UN headquarters for 40 years, and reassured of IOM’s commitment to contribute to multilateralism, diplomacy and cooperation with Governments, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector to achieve the objectives of Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals.

The event was held last week at the Vienna International Centre and hosted by the chairs of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).