Peter Sutherland was the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for International Migration. Appointed in January 2006, he supported the Secretary-General in promoting the United Nations agenda on international migration prior to and during the 2006 High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development. With the Secretary-General, he proposed and advocated for the creation of the State-led Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), which now attracts over 150 countries annually to advance international cooperation on migration. In addition to serving as the primary link between the United Nations and the Global Forum process, Mr. Sutherland advised the Secretary-General on issues related to international migration and development; lead initiatives to foster cooperation on critical issues such as protecting migrants affected by crises and ensuring that migration is considered in the 2030 United Nations development agenda; and wrote and spoke frequently on migration-related issues
Mr. Sutherland served as Attorney General of Ireland, EC Commissioner responsible for Competition Policy, Director General of GATT and then of The World Trade Organisation, the Chairman of Goldman Sachs International (1995-2015), and the Chairman of the London School of Economics. He was a member of the UN Commission on Human Security and has been Chairman of the European Institute of Public Administration. He earlier served as Chairman of BP plc. He has received numerous awards and honorary degrees for his work on regional and global interdependence.