UNAOC Focal Points Meeting 2016 | Session 1 Building Trust: The Nexus to Preventing Violent Extremism New York – UNHQ

Published Date: 
Friday, January 15, 2016
Ashraf El Nour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations



Thank you, your Excellency.

And I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the International Organization for Migration to first renew our support to the UNAOC’s mandate and in particular to the migration pillar of your work, and recognize the important crossover that it has with other areas such as education, media and youth.

The year has just ended. So continue the spread of migration hotspots in many parts of the world. And the unfolding migrant tragedies serve as sad reminders that migration is a human reality that cannot be stopped but can be managed, and managed well. Toward that goal we will work together. First, to stop situations where migrants were being pushed back, and where to facilitate safe, orderly and humane migration. We should also include our efforts to take migrants away from the hands of smugglers and human traffickers, and put them back in the corridors of regular, humane migration. And we should also do more to address the root causes of migration and restore hope to abandoned migrants.

One immediate task that we can tackle, together with UNAOC, is to change the current poisonous and negative discourse on migration, stop the stigmatization of migrants and restore objectivity and reason. Noting that migration, historically, has been positive, and its excesses by far outweigh its failures, we should note that migration is a key equal contributor to the revitalization of our world and to enriching our diversity. And with that we should make each and every effort to stop making migrants the scapegoats for the failures of others.

To address the complex migration realities of today, IOM has developed a migration governance framework that is based, in theory, on three principles. The first principle is to adhere to the current existing norms, standards and to make more effective use of them to respect migrants’ rights and dignity. The second principle is to address the migration dimension of crisis, and enhance the protection of and assistance to migrants. And the third principle is to maximize the well-being of migrants and the benefits that come out of that all around. These are the goals and objectives we have for this year, and I look forward to discussing how we can all move forward together.

Thank you.