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Chinese funding to help IPU support new development agenda -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 31 (APP): The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has welcomed the decision by China to provide US $ 1.5 million in new funding to the Organization in its work to strengthen parliaments and better prepare them for the implementation of the new sustainable development agenda.


Global parliamentary summit opens at UN today; Pakistan delegation arrives -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 31 (APP): Speakers of Parliament from around the world begin a four-day conference at UN Headquarters in New York later today to examine ways to effectively tackle global challenges to peace and democracy.


UN Security Council condemns sexual violence as 'tactic of war' in Iraq and Syria -
UNITED NATION, Aug 29 (APP): The United Nations Security Council has condemned the use of sexual violence, in particular sexual enslavement and sexual violence related to or resulting from forced marriage, committee, including as a tactic of war, in Syria and Iraq, and urged all parties to armed conflict to take all feasible steps to protect civilians from such abhorrent acts.


More than 300,000 make perilous Mediterranean crossing in 2015 - UN -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 29 (APP):  The number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has surpassed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 during the whole of 2014, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.


UN urges all states to sign, ratify Nuclear Test Ban as 'critical step on road to nuclear-free world -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 28 (APP):  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed voluntary moratoria on testing imposed by nuclear-armed states but stressed that these cannot substitute for a legally-binding treaty.


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Ajmal ready to make a come back in national T-20 tournament ISLAMABAD, Aug 31 (APP): Pakista
ISLAMABAD, Aug 31 (APP): Pakistan's top spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that he was all ready to bowl for Pakistan once again in the National Twenty20 Championship next month.
 
National T20 at Rawalpindi from Tuesday
RAWALPINDI, Aug 30 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday launched the Cool & Cool presents Haier Q8 Twenty-20 Cup 2015-16 at the Pindi Cricket Stadium here.
 
Tennis coaching camp concludes
ISLAMABAD, Aug 30 (APP): Asian Tennis Federation had sent a qualified Tennis coach Axe Mansaman of Thailand to impart coaching and modern games techniques to some 22 junior players in the camp at POF Wah tennis courts.
 
Pakistan to participate in Asian Women Netball
ISLAMABAD, Aug 30 (APP): Pakistan will be participating in the Asian Women Netball Championship to be staged in Hong Kong from December 12.
 
Pakistan to chip in Asian Baseball Championship
ISLAMABAD, Aug 30 (APP): Pakistan will be participating in the Asian Baseball Championship to be staged in Taiwan from September 16.
 
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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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