Tuesday, September 16, 2014

IOM's Chiefs of Mission Conference in Geneva showed progress at many levels

Jim and I attended the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Global Chiefs of Mission Conference, September 2014, in Geneva. The meetings at the UN Palais des Nations included friends and colleagues from all over the world whom Jim knew during his terms as director-general of the organization (1988-1998). 

It was with pleasure that we saw Ambassador and Mrs. William (Bill) Swing. Bill Swing is in a second term as director-general of IOM. His friend and colleague, Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, spoke at the IOM conference opening dinner.

To read more about the work of IOM use the link above to its website, also linked here. Read about Director General William Swing, the organization's mission, activities, and member governments.

Every day there are reminders that humanitarian workers risk their lives to help others at risk and in need of urgent help for rescue, safety, health, shelter, credible information, and other important migration services.

Personal note: JNP had recently visited Montana USA with friends. Prior to returning home to prepare for Geneva he developed a high fever. At Barrett Hospital Emergency Room in Dillon, Montana, Dr. Michael Clarke and Dr. Thomas Murray, chief consultant, worked their wellness skills to lower Jim's fever. They prescribed medicine for the journey to Geneva, and the patient did very well. Barrett Hospital ER is listed as one of the top 100 in the U.S.

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