PAM granted Observer Status by the International Organization for Migration

PAM granted Observer Status by the International Organization for Migration
The 106th Governing Council of the International Organisation of Migration granted the Observer Status to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) at the meeting held in Geneva from 24 to 27 November 2015. The 162 member States of IOM unanimously adopted a resolution inviting PAM as an Observer to the intergovernmental body.
Ambassador Peter Schatzer, PAM’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna, on behalf of PAM, thanked the IOM membership and stressed that this status, while complementing PAM’s Observer Status to the General Assembly of the UN, will reinforce cooperation between the two organizations. He noted that such cooperation has existed over many years, and was evidenced by the IOM participation at the PAM Plenary Session in Marseille in 2014 and at other events.
PAM’s Ambassador underlined that while it was important for parliamentarians to learn from IOM’s expertise is was equally beneficial for IOM to listen to and discuss with PAM’s parliamentarians. “Although a majority of MPs consider migration as mostly positive, a position shared with IOM, PAM members are also aware of other important aspects, some of which affect and influence the citizens.
Amb. Schatzer reaffirmed that the Mediterranean is among the world regions where migration has grown in importance as a phenomenon in humanitarian, economic, security and political terms, and where the challenges will only increase in years to come. “Too many deaths, too much suffering, too much irregularity – all these are overshadowing the fact that migration is a consequence of underlying causes , among which poverty, population growth, climate change, religious intolerance and racism, that need to be addressed. And they need to be addressed by the political leadership” Amb. Schatzer added.
The PAM Representative once again extended the invitation to IOM to actively participate and contribute at the next PAM Annual Plenary Session to be held in Tirana in February 2016.
In conclusion Amb. Schatzer expressed the hope that through the complementary strengths of parliamentary and multilateral migration diplomacy, some of the goals common to both the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean and the International Organization for Migration could be achieved.
On his part, the IOM’s Director General, Amb. William Lacy Swing, saluted the long-standing cooperation between the two organizations and welcomed the formalization of PAM’s status in the IOM council as long overdue, following to the initial contact between Amb. Swing and PAM Secretary General, Amb. Sergio Piazzi, at the DIHAD conference in Dubai two years ago.
In the 4-day session, IOM members discussed issues ranging from climate change and migration to migrant health and migration management during emergencies. //
issued 01.12.2015
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