Senior Staff Gather in Vienna for Dynamic Discussions

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 May 22, 2019

Senior management from across Southeastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia gathered in Vienna yesterday for the start of the annual Regional Chiefs of Mission Meeting. The Chiefs  of Mission and Heads of Office – from Bosnia to Bishkek - are being joined by Directors from neighbouring Regional Offices (Bangkok, Brussels and Cairo), as well as colleagues from headquarters.

Opening the four-day meeting, Regional Director Argentina Szabados noted the centrality of migration in the region, noting that 32 million of the global total of 258 million global migrants were in the operational area of the Vienna Regional Office. “This region is dynamic and important in global migration terms”, she affirmed.

Senior Regional Advisor for Europe and Central Asia, Manfred Profazi, gave the group of 40 an overview of the main issues and his perspective was validated by a tour de table by the mission heads and chiefs.

The day was rounded off by in depth presentations and discussion on the UN  Migration Network and developments around the global vision and policy by Jonathan Prentice, head of the Network Secretariat, and Elizabeth Collet, special advisor to the Director General.

The meeting continues with sessions on interregional cooperation, environment and climate change, data, donor liaison, resource management, institutional accountability, media, and a presentation from the organization’s ombudsperson.