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UN chief condemns latest terrorist attack in Kenya -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 23, (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has  condemned the brutal killing of 28 people on a bus in Mandera, Kenya, in the latest spate of terrorist violence to afflict the East African nation.


UN committee approves resolution calling for promoting safe environment for working journalists -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 (APP):  A committee of the UN General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution on the safety of journalists that calls on States to promote a safe environment to journalists to work independently.


Obama signs order expanding US Afghanistan role: NYT -
NEW YORK, Nov 22 (APP): President Barrack Obama has quietly expanded US military's role in Afghanistan from the previous guidelines that were to limit its troops' involvement in the war-wrecked country starting this year, The New York Times reported Saturday.


Pakistan slams UN Council's silence over July's Israeli attacks on Gaza -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 (APP): Pakistan has sharply criticized UN Security Council's "conscious reticence" on the deadly Israeli aggression against Gaza in July, saying the massacre that followed could have been averted had the 15-member body taken timely action.


Pak calls for boosting investment in children, UN marks 25th anniversary of child rights convention -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 (APP): The United Nations marked the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by holding a special meeting of the General Assembly Friday to assess its progress, with Pakistan making a strong case for more investment in children to help them fully realize their human rights.


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My main agenda is promotion of peace, education: Kainat Khan
ISLAMABAD, Nov 23 (APP): Pakistan’s emerging female tennis player Kainat Khan has said that her main agenda is to promote peace and education and bring forth the true and soft image of the country.
 
Pakistan wheelchair cricket team prepares for international success
KARACHI, Nov 22 (APP): Denmark Ambassador to Islamabad Jesper Moller inaugurated the training camp for Pakistan's wheelchair cricket team here Saturday and said cricket was a sport which had made Pakistan proud in the past.
 
Pakistan in SF of Asian beach games
LAHORE, Nov 19 (APP)- Pakistan breezed into the semi finals of the handball competition of the Asian Beach games overcoming Bahrain in  2-1 sets chalking up its fifth successive victory on Wednesday at Phuket beach.
 
Hafeez to undergo test on his bowling action on Nov 24
KARACHI, Nov 19 (APP): All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is returning back home from where he shall proceed to Loughborough University, the latest  of ICC accredited facilities for testing on bowlers with suspect actions,  on November 23 for his appointment for tests on Nov 24, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Wednesday.
 
Younis Khan is a very committed player: Rashid Latif
ISLAMABAD, Nov 18 (APP): Former captain Rashid Latif believes Younis Khan is a very committed player saying the 2009 Twenty-20 World Cup is a great example of his dedication where he introduced a lot of new players and won the mega event.
 
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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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