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UN Security Council condemns downing of Malaysian jet, calls for international probe -
UNITED NATIONS, July 22 (APP):The Security Council Monday voted to approve a resolution calling for an international investigation into last week's downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine, and demanded that armed groups allow unfettered access to the crash site and ensure that its integrity is maintained.


UN issues emergency appeal to meet humanitarian needs in Gaza -
UNITED NATIONS, July 22 (APP): The U.N. agency assisting Palestinian refugees has issued an emergency appeal for $60 million to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza, including tens of thousands who have fled their homes in the wake of the deadly Israeli military offensive.


PM performs Umrah, prays for Pakistanís progress, prosperity -
MAKKAH MUKARAMMA, July 21 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who arrived here in the early hours of Monday performed Umrah and prayed for the progress, prosperity, solidarity and bright future of Pakistan.


PM to perform Umrah, pray for Pakistanís progress, prosperity -
JEDDAH, July 21 (APP): Prime Minister Mohammed Nawaz Sharif who arrived here in the early hours of Monday will perform Umrah and pray for the prosperity, solidarity and progress of Pakistan and its people.


UNSC calls for Gaza ceasefire after emergency meeting -
UNITED NATIONS, July 21 (APP): The U.N. Security Council late Sunday issued a fresh call for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza and protection of civilians under international humanitarian law, while voicing "serious concern at the escalation of violence."


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Pakistan pursuing policy of peaceful relations in region: Tariq Fatemi
WASHINGTON, July 21 (APP): Pakistan is pursuing a policy of promoting peaceful relations with all neighboring countries including Afghanistan, India and wants to resolve all outstanding issues with New Delhi through dialogue, Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to Prime Minister, said.
 
T-20 floodlight fund raising cricket match on 24th
FAISALABAD, July 20 (APP): A T-20 floodlight fund raising cricket match for IDPs of North Waziristan will be played at Iqbal stadium here on July 24, in collaboration with Punjab Sports Board and Pakistan Cricket Board.
 
Umer Akmal to improve his shot selection in Test matches
KARACHI, July 20 (APP): Pakistan's highly rated batsman Umer Akmal is looking to improve his shot selection after being recalled in the Test team after three years.
 
Pakistan A beat Hamza Shahbaz XI by 60 runs
ISLAMABAD, July 19 (APP): Pakistan A beat Hamza Shahbaz XI by 60 runs in a fundraising cricket match kept for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
 
First Ramzan Club Twenty 20 Night Cricket begins in Kohat
PESHAWAR, July 19 (APP): Asif XI recorded victory against Gul Karim XI in the opening match of the First Twenty20 Ramzan Night Cricket Tournament, which got under way at Kohat Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
 
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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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