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Syrian refugees top 3 million: UN -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 29 (APP): More than three million people have fled Syria's civil war, the United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) said Friday as the three-year exodus showed no sign of slowing.


UN peacekeepers detained by armed group amid fighting in Golan Heights -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 28 (APP): Fortythree United Nations peacekeepers serving in the Golan Heights were detained this morning amid increased fighting in the area between Syrian Government forces and armed elements, the U.N. said Thurday.


Ban alarmed by “dangerous escalation” in Ukraine crisis; UNSC holds emergency talks -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 28 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he is alarmed by what seems to be a “dangerous escalation” in the crisis in Ukraine with reports that the fighting in the eastern part of the country has spread near the border with Russia.


President arrives Turkey to attend Presidential handover ceremony -
11.jpg ANKARA, Aug 28 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday arrived here on a two-day official visit to Turkey to represent Pakistan at the Presidential handover ceremony for President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan.



Ongoing Libyan fighting unprecedented in gravity: UN envoy -
UNITED NATIONS,  Aug 27 (APP): In recent days, armed battles, inflamed by airstrikes and fuelled by deep divisions among Libyan political factions have been “unprecedented in their gravity and very alarming,” the outgoing United Nations envoy to that country told the Security Council today.


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Table Tennis Championship to prove a good omen: IPC Minister
ISLAMABAD AUGUST 29 (APP): Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC), Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada has said the South Asian Cadet and Junior Table Tennis Championship played here at Rodam Hall would prove as good omen in holding other sport activities saying by seeing this other countries would feel confident in sending their teams to Pakistan.
 
Hamza shock top seed Nofil to reach tennis semis
KARACHI, Aug 29 (APP): Hamza Malik pulled off a shock when defeated top seed and junior international Nofil Kaleem 2-0 to storm into the Under-18 semifinals of second Indus Pharma Seniors and Junior Ranking Tennis Championship after easy victories at Karachi Club here on Friday.
 
National Junior Swimming Championship in Sept: Asif
PESHAWAR, Aug 29 (APP): National Junior Age Group Swimming Championship at Adil Khan Swimming Pool, Qayyum Sports Complex, will be held in September this year, Secretary General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Swimming Association Asif Orakzai told APP here on Friday.
 
Nasir to clash with Danish in Memorial International Squash final
PESHAWAR, Aug 27 (APP): Top seeded Pakistan No. 1 Nasir Iqbal will clash with Danish Atlas in the final of the 10,000 US $ Hashim Khan Memorial Pakistan International Squash Circuit-II Championship being played here at PAF Squash Complex on Wednesday.
 
Ushna and partner breeze into QF of ITF Pro Circuit in Egypt
LAHORE, Aug 27 (APP): Pakistan’s female tennis star,Ushna Suhail paired with Yuanyi Yu of China breezed into the doubles quarter finals of the ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Sharmal Sheikh, Egypt on Wednesday.
 
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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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