Congratulations to Amy E. Pope on her historic win to serve as the next Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). We thank Director General Vitorino for his service and leadership of IOM over the past five years. Ms. Pope’s election reflects a broad endorsement by member states of her vision to keep people at the heart of IOM’s mission, while implementing key governance and budget reforms to ensure IOM is prepared to meet the challenges it faces. She also becomes the first woman to lead this critical organization in its more than 70-year-old history.
As IOM’s largest bilateral donor, the United States strongly supports Ms. Pope’s vision and looks forward to working with her to implement the critical reforms necessary to create a more effective, inclusive IOM.