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Yemen on verge of "total collapse", says UN rights chief -
UNITED NATIONS, March 31 (APP): The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Tuesday expressed his concern about the fast deteriorating situation in Yemen, where dozens of civilians have been killed in fighting in recent days.


UN deputy chief calls for hydro-diplomacy as world faces growing water shortages -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 30 (APP): The international community must gear up for a new era of hydro-diplomacy as the threat of water scarcity risks plunging the world into a period of geopolitical tension and stunted development, U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told delegates gathered at the General Assembly Monday.


UNESCO launches social media campaign in Baghdad aimed at protecting cultural heritage -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 30 (APP):  The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, Monday launched at Baghdad University #Unite4Heritage, a social media campaign to support Iraqi youth and to mobilize young people worldwide for the protection of cultural heritage.


UN dims lights to focus attention on climate change -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 29 (APP): The United Nations went dark later Saturday evening as the Organization shuts off the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of ‘Earth Hour,’ an annual global event raising awareness about the need to take action on climate change and promoting sustainable energy consumption.


Pakistan renew its commitment to UN peacekeeping at first-ever defence chiefs conference -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 (APP): Pakistan has renewed its commitment to the “noble cause” of United Nations peacekeeping, the world body’s flagship activity that helps countries torn by conflict to create the conditions for lasting peace.


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Sindh, Army reach Netball final
ISLAMABAD March 30 (APP): Sindh and Army will face each other in the final of 14th National Women Netball Championship to be played here at Hamidi Hall on Tuesday.
 
Army, Air force qualify for National Basketball Championship'2015 Final
WAH CANTT, Mar 30 (APP): Army, Air force qualified for National Basketball Championship'2015 final beside beating their rivals in semi finals played here at POF Sports Complex on Monday.
 
Starc named as player of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
From Ehsan Qurshi
 
MELBOURNE, March 29 (APP): Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc was Monday named as the player of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
 
Border express sympathy for no International cricket in Pakistan

From Ehsan Qureshi

MELBOURNE, March 29 (APP): Former Australian skipper Alan Border has expressed his sympathy that international  cricket is not being staged in Pakistan.

 
Australia grabs 5th Cricket World Cup crown with an emphatic victory over New Zealand

From Ehsan Qureshi

MELBOURNE, March 29 (APP): Australia regained the Cricket World Cup crown on Sunday when they routed their Trans Transman neighbors New Zealand by seven wickets in the day/night final here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for their overall fifth title.

 
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Migrants worse off than other workers during recession, warns UN PDF Print E-mail
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 5 (APP): The global economic crisis is adversely impacting on those who cross borders seeking better opportunities, a senior UN official said Thursday, noting that migrants are often the first to suffer job losses. “

While the impact is not the same in all countries and regions, globally speaking, worsening economic conditions and more restrictive policies for labour movements have led to a slowdown of migration and remittance flows,” said Carlos Lopes, Executive Director of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Chair-in-Office of the Global Migration Group (GMG).
 
Established in 2006, the GMG is an inter-agency effort aimed at enhancing cooperation between UN agencies, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the World Bank in the field of international migration. Addressing the Global Forum on Migration and Development, which opened Wednesday in Athens, Lopes noted that remittances are a major source of foreign income for developing countries, especially at a time when foreign direct investment (FDI) has declined owing to the economic slowdown.
 
While remittances remain relatively resilient, the World Bank forecasts that flows to all developing regions will decline between 7 and 10 per cent in 2009. “Many countries which depend upon these flows will be adversely affected not only economically, but also socially.  Households that receive fewer remittances are under pressure to cut back on expenses. “Too often this will negatively affect development outcomes, for example in the area of children’s and especially girls education and health, said Lopes. The recession has also led many States to adopt restrictive requirements for obtaining entry, legal residence and work permits.  Lopes noted that curtailing regular migration tends to increase irregular flows that are more risky for migrants, particularly the most vulnerable such as unaccompanied minors.
 
“Additional restrictions can also reinforce the impression that migration is a questionable, criminal phenomenon, thereby contributing to anti-migrant, xenophobic reactions in destination countries,” he stated. “From a development perspective, such measures risk slowing down the resumption of growth,he said, adding that migration policy should keep sight of its development implications as it adapts to the crisis. In addition, he stressed that migration policies and practices must be rooted in human rights, and that States must be vigilant against xenophobic sentiments and discriminatory practices prompted by the economic crisis.
 
The recently released 2009 UN Human Development Report, entitled Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development, called for wide-ranging reforms to maximize the gains from migration and to protect the rights of migrants now estimated to be one out of every seven persons in the world.

The report, written by independent experts and commissioned by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), proposes reforms to migration policies in source and destination countries that it says are politically feasible and will increase people’s freedom and strengthen human development.
 

 

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