National Press Club

American Committies on Foreign Relations 2018 Distinguished Service Award Dinner

American Committies on Foreign Relations 2018 Distinguished Service Award Dinner

April 20, 2018 6:00 PM

Location: Ballroom

We Are Honored to Announce...

ACFR's 2018 Distinguished Service Award
will be presented to
Ambassador William Lacy Swing
during our Conference Banquet on
Friday, April 20, 2018 at the National Press Club

Director General
International Organization for Migration (IOM)

On 18 June 2008, Ambassador William Lacy Swing of the United States was elected as the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He assumed his post on 1 October 2008 and was re-elected in October 2013.
From May 2003 till January 2008, as UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ambassador Swing successfully led all facets of the largest UN peacekeeping operation in history.

Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Swing served as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara and Chief of Mission, United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

Ambassador Swing has had a long and distinguished career as a member of the Senior Foreign Service of the Department of State, (USA), spanning some forty years including five postings as Ambassador to African countries – South Africa, Nigeria, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex-Zaire), and the former People’s Republic of the Congo (Congo Brazzaville).

William Lacy Swing was assigned to the Republic of South Africa in 1989, shortly before Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. The posting was the culmination of a diplomatic career begun twenty-six years before in Port Elizabeth.

Ambassador Swing has been the recipient of numerous professional, diplomatic and academic distinctions, including the Annenberg Award for Excellence in Diplomacy from the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Presidential Certificate of Commendation, and the American Foreign Service Association’s award for “Lifetime Contribution to American Diplomacy”. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Harris Manchester College, Oxford University and a recipient of the Order of Merit, First Class, of the Federal Republic of Germany.

William Lacy Swing was born in 1934 in Lexington, North Carolina. He graduated from Catawba College (BA 1956) in North Carolina, and Yale University (BD, 1960) and pursued post-graduate studies at Tuebingen University, Germany.

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Join us again for another intriguing experience with the best minds in foreign relations as you support the ongoing speaker programs of our local committees.

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Charlotte Ponticelli