Editor’s Note: On Friday, 29 June 2018, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) elected a new Director General. He is António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino of Portugal, elected by the member States of the IOM to serve as the agency’s Director General, beginning on 1 October 2018. Mr. Vitorino succeeds William Lacy Swing of the United States, who will have served two five-year terms as IOM chief.
The independent news agency IRIN carried an Op-Ed on the same day which outlined the many challenges facing the new Director General, describing the task as ‘one of the most important jobs on Earth right now’.
We cannot argue with this. The European Union is in turmoil, attitudes are hardening, and the Trump Wall is a visual manifestation of cultivated fear that is driving the peoples of the earth apart.
To learn more about Mr. António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino, ‘the man with the most important job on Earth right now’, you can click here.
The IRIN Op-Ed opens with the following:
On Friday, a new director general of the International Organization for Migration will be elected. This is without doubt one of the most important jobs on Earth right now. Events of the past two weeks – from the shores of Europe to the Mexican border – only confirm how critical the new director general will be for IOM, the UN system, and the world at large.
There’s one overall task for whoever takes up the post: lead at a global level to help us all (member states in particular) find a way out of the big political mess that migration policy has become. How to do that? Glad you asked…
You may read the full IRIN Op-Ed by clicking here.