IOM Joins the UN System

19 Sep IOM Joins the UN System

Member States of the United Nations (UN) unanimously adopted a resolution on July 25th, 2016 to make the International Organization for Migration (IOM) a ‘related organization’ of the UN.

Migration is at the heart of the new global political landscape and its social and economic dynamics. At a time of growing levels of migration…a closer working relationship between the United Nations and IOM is needed more than ever” the spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stated following the adoption of the July resolution.


Nader Kaddour

COA Reporting & Communications Specialist

As the global lead agency on migration, IOM will obtain seats at the tables of key UN decision-making bodies and access to new information and funding sources, bolstering its voice and influence concerning migration-related issues. Increased attendance at UN meetings; a larger-scale coordination of policy positions; membership in UN country teams, committees and bodies; and responsibility for obligatory fees will all be a part of the IOM’s broadened role in the UN System.

In the process, IOM is also determined to retain its “boots-on-the-ground” approach, ensuring responsiveness, efficiency, cost-effectiveness and independence.

In response to the decision, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing stated: “We are living in a time of much tragedy and uncertainty. This Agreement shows Member States’ commitment to more humane and orderly migration that benefits all, where we celebrate the human beings behind the numbers,” underscoring the prospect of human migration’s sustainment as a paramount matter for the international community. “This is an historic day, not only for IOM and the UN, but for migrants and their families across the globe,” Swing continued.

The official agreement was signed by IOM Director General and UN Secretary General on September 19th, 2016 at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, entering into force that day. 

To learn more about the work of IOM worldwide:

Read more about the  the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants here.