NEW YORK, 26th July, 2016 (WAM) –The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has welcomed the approval by the General Assembly on Monday of the relationship agreement between the United Nations and the International Organisation for Migration, IOM. After the signing of the agreement on 19th September, 2016, IOM will become a related organisation of the United Nations system, according to a statement issued on Monday by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General.

The Secretary-General said that he believes that the approval of the agreement by the governing bodies of both organisations marks a major milestone in the longstanding and close relationship between the United Nations and IOM. The relationship agreement not only formalises this partnership, but also sets out even closer cooperation between the two organisations while preserving the mandates and responsibilities of other United Nations organisations and subsidiary organs and agencies in the field of migration.

The Secretary-General said that he trusts that the relationship agreement will contribute to a more effective global response to the challenges posed by large and sudden population movements. It will help to strengthen the support provided by the United Nations system to Member States in implementing the migration-related elements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.