Media Release: Biometrics Institute and UN Migration Agency Consolidate Cooperation in Promoting Responsible Use of Biometrics
The MoU outlines the scope of the intended cooperation and priority areas of interest to both entities. It will aid the two institutions’ efforts to respond in a coordinated way to new and emerging challenges such as security requirements, accessibility to safe transport modes for migrants and refugees, increased international cross border mobility, health challenges linked to international mobility, as well as flight security and facilitation.
“We have worked actively at establishing closer links with international organisations, such as IOM, to reach out into countries that will benefit from the sharing of best-practice for biometrics,” explained Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive, Biometrics Institute. “IOM’s work includes border management as well as assisting migrants. They will be a fantastic partner in our engagement with those emerging regions,” explained Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive, Biometrics Institute.
“IOM’s work includes border management as well as assisting migrants. They will be a fantastic partner in our engagement with those regions. The Biometrics Institute is a well-established international body that promotes both the responsible use of biometrics and technical know-how. Our expertise and trainer resources will contribute to strengthening the competencies of IOM staff in the biometrics area, as well as developing and implementing new projects with a biometrics component,” Moeller adds.
The Biometrics Institute is the independent and impartial international membership organisation for biometric users and other interested parties. It was established in 2001 to promote the responsible use of biometrics. It provides its members and key stakeholders with information about best practices including the Biometrics Privacy Guidelines, the Top 10 Vulnerability Questions and an annual industry survey. It has over 230 membership organisations from around the world representing government agencies, other users, suppliers, academic and privacy experts.
IOM was established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a UN related agency, is the leading inter-governmental organisation in the field of migration. IOM works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 166 member states around 10,000 staff and offices in almost 150 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.
For more information, please contact Isabelle Moeller at the Biometrics Institute, Tel: +44 7887 414 887, or email us.
The IOM media release can be found here.