International Organisation for Migrations - 86th Session of its Council.
Statement by Mr. Cristian Badescu, Second Secretary,
Geneva, 20 November 2003
Mr. Director General,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Please allow me to begin by warmly congratulating the Chairman and the other members of the Bureau for their appointment and to wish them full success in exercising the important mandate they have been invested with. I would also like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to the members of the outgoing Bureau for their sustained activity and their contribution to the achievement of new results in the activity of the Organization.
Primarily I would like to express our appreciation for the IOM initiative to widening the debate on migration issues during this session of the Council. In our opinion, it is the right time to focus the attention on a broad international cooperation among governments, international organisations and other relevant actors in this field. The high level of representation of the international organizations and governments during these days confirms the importance of the migration phenomena, which have become one of the major questions that will inevitably shape our future. The debates in this forum encouraged our expectations in identifying comprehensive and concerted manners to address the challenges raised by migration. The workshops organised during the session allowed the participants to briefly present analyses, to express preoccupations as to the necessary improvement of the evolutions in this matter, as well as to suggest practical lines for future action.
The special attention of the Romanian government for developing and promoting comprehensive national policies on migration is indissolubly bound to reality. We consider necessary to integrate the various approaches of migration issues and we vigorously support the processes of regional cooperation presented here yesterday. In this context and in accordance to its major objectives of foreign policy, Romania continues to make consistent efforts in order to develop its capability to strongly fight irregular migration and to accord the activity of the national administration to relevant European and international standards. Please allow me to briefly present the main actions of the Romanian Government related to the management of migration:
In our opinion, due to the multiple international changes on global level, the elaboration of the migration management is no longer exclusively limited to a national framework. Romania is ready to actively support the international cooperation programmes in order to improve the regional capacity on migration management. This way my country would like to reiterate, once again, its interest and availability for a real cooperation, being aware that for getting concrete and lasting results, a coherent national policy, based on international cooperation and assistance, has to be permanently promoted.
Five years ago Romania became one of the IOM members. For us, this period represents a fruitful activity and we achieved a significant experience. The positive evolution of the cooperation of my country with IOM consolidates our conviction on the importance of the formal international coordination into the organisation. These days the Republic of Malta has joined us and we take this opportunity to welcome it. We also welcome representation by observer of League of Arab States, Organisation of the Islamic Conference, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee - Center for International Migration and Integration and Jesuit Refugee Service.
Having in view the programmes of the organisation for 2004, we appreciate the IOM support for capacity developments on national level and for regional cooperation processes, which have to be fully explored. The prospects of regional cooperation processes represent strong reasons for involving governments of our countries in new common actions in this field.
At the same time we would like to salute the wise decision to integrate the Migration Policy and Research Program (MPRP) in the structure of the organisation. The main objective of the Programme is to clarify the migration concepts and its studies are expected to offer a solid background for discussions and to support the elaboration of theoretic means to tackle the subject. We consider this theoretical approach of migration important not only for the leading role in the field of migration offered to IOM but also for the opportunity to increase the capacity of the organisation to influence the elaboration of the policies on the migration management at regional and global level.
The principles according to which the migration management is ensured at the confines of interests and in a collective framework are reflected by the cooperative options IOM encourages its members to adopt in this field. The truthfulness of these actions is proven by the obvious progress scored within each cooperative process presented here yesterday.
The importance of the IOM, which acts for promoting values and principles as human rights and internal security, has been confirmed many times by the historic trends of the world evolution. We count on the commitment of the IOM to tackle the main challenges imposed by migration as a global phenomenon, pressing ahead in an imaginative manner with the necessary cooperation, revealing the positive aspects of the migration and improving theoretical analyses in this field.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman
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