William L. Swing
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William L. Swing
William Lacy Swing
September 11, 1934
|Alma mater||Catawba College|
University of Tübingen
William Lacy Swing (born September 11, 1934 in Lexington, North Carolina). He is a diplomat and former United States Ambassador, and United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Under Secretary General. He was the Director General of the International Organization for Migration until António Vitorino's appointment in 2018.
Swing graduated from Catawba College in North Carolina (Bachelor of Arts). He received his Bachelor of Divinity from Yale University. He did post-graduate studies at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He was a Fellow at Harvard University from 1976 to 1977.
He speaks fluent French and German.
- United States Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo (1979–81) (People's Republic of the Congo)
- United States Ambassador to Liberia (1981–85)
- United States Ambassador to South Africa (1989–92)
- United States Ambassador to Nigeria (1992–93)
- United States Ambassador to Haiti (1993–98)
- United States Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1998–2001)
Swing served as UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Western Sahara from 2001–2003. He was Chief of Mission for the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Swing then successfully led all facets of the largest UN peacekeeping operation in history in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (May 2003 - January 2008). He was appointed as Special Representative of the Secretary General to the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), with the rank of Under Secretary General. MONUC, now known as MONUSCO (United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo), is the UN's largest peace operation. The Mission is engaged in the peace process and providing security support to the country as it seeks to end armed conflict in the war torn eastern part of the Congo.
International Organization for Migration
In June 2008 Swing was elected Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In early 2017, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed him to the 9-member High-Level Task Force to Improve the United Nations Approach for Preventing and Addressing Sexual Abuse.
Calls Migration a 'Right' in a 'World on the Move'
Penning an article for International Migrants Day entitled, "Our Right of Passage Should Be Safe Migration", International Organization for Migration (IOM) chief William Lacy Swing opined that the right of "safe migration" should not be limited to the "global elite" – of which the "privileged" caste he believes to include tourists, students, and legal migrant workers – but should be extended to those who would "have no chance of getting a visa or work permit".
"While we live in a time when a privileged elite considers global mobility virtually a birth-right, it is denied to countless others, trapped in hopelessly bad economic or conflict circumstances," Swing writes, lamenting that "hundreds of millions who are not part of the growing, truly global labour talent market find themselves outside looking in, and looking onto a world they can only dream of."
Swing, a former U.S. ambassador, has previously demanded the European Union (EU) open her borders to migrants and described endless third world migration to Europe as "inevitable".
He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy. In 2012, he received the American Foreign Service Association's Award for Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy.
In 2019, he was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, by the government of Japan.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to William L. Swing.|
- "Press Release SG/A/836 AFR/622".
- "Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award 2012".
- "Ambassador William L. Swing Elected Director General of The International Organization for Migration".
- Secretary-General Creates High-Level Task Force to Improve United Nations Approach for Preventing, Addressing Sexual Abuse United Nations, press release of January 6, 2017.
- UN snubs US and picks Portuguese politician Antonio Vitorino to run IOM migration office. Deutsche Welle, June 29, 2018, retrieved the same day.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Foreign Service Journal article on his Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award.
Daniel H. Simpson
| United States Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
| United States Ambassador to Congo
Kenneth L. Brown
Robert P. Smith
| United States Ambassador to Liberia
Edward Joseph Perkins
| United States Ambassador to Nigeria
Walter C. Carrington
Edward Joseph Perkins
| United States Ambassador to South Africa
Princeton N. Lyman
Vicki Huddleston (as Chargé d'Affaires)
| United States Ambassador to Haiti
Timothy M. Carney