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AU summit to focus on status of African refugees, IDPs

WHO IDP camp

The African Union (AU) Commission on Friday, January 11, 2019 revealed that the state of African refugees, returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will be on the spotlight as African leaders meet next month. Internally Displaced Persons queuing up for water at Muna IDPs camp. Photo credit: WHO/CE.Onuekwe The session of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), which is expected ...

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UN confirms Brazil’s pull-out from migration pact

Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil has informed the United Nations that it will pull out of a migration pact, a UN spokesman said on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had pledged to withdraw support for the non-binding global compact for migration once he came into power, insisting that migration policies must be defined on the national ...

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ILO, Germany cooperate on ‘green jobs’, socially responsible structural change

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter

The third conference of the UN Alliance for Sustainable Growth (PAGE) began on Thursday, January 10, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa, with the German Parliamentary State Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter representing the Federal Environment Ministry. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter For two days, high-ranking political, economic, civil society, and science representatives and various UN organisations in the South African coastal city will discuss ...

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Bolsonaro slams UN migration pact as Brazil reportedly pulls out

Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil is pulling out of the controversial UN migration pact, local media reported on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 as President Jair Bolsonaro insisted that migration policies must be defined on the national level. Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil “No to the migration pact,” Bolsonaro said on Twitter. “The defence of national sovereignty was one of the flags of our (electoral) ...

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UN General Assembly endorses Global Compact for Migration

Internal migration

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in New York endorsed the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the UN Network on Migration said in a statement. Internal migration According to the statement, the GCM was formally adopted with 152 votes in favour and five against while 12 abstained. Welcoming the formal ...

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Ban Ki-moon: UN poverty reduction goals achieved thanks to China

Ban Ki-moon

Former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said that eliminating poverty, the number one goal of the UN Millennium Development Goals, had been achieved thanks to the development of China. Speaking in China on the sidelines of a forum on international affairs in China’s southern city of Guangzhou, Ban said China’s reform and opening-up have lifted hundreds of millions, both in China ...

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UN celebrates 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

António Guterres

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, says the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has inspired millions of people to demand their rights and contest the forces of oppression, exploitation, discrimination and injustice. Guterres said this on Monday, December 10, 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco, at a special event to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event was ...

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Nigeria lauds international support on Boko Haram, Lake Chad

Lake Chad

Nigeria has lauded the international support to the country and neighbouring countries in addressing the challenges caused by the Boko Haram terrorists and the shrinking of the Lake Chad. Nigeria’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande, stated this in New York at the Security Council Open Debate on the Role of States, Regional Arrangements and the ...

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UN launches $25bn aid for 93m people in Nigeria, others

Mark Lowcock

The United Nations has launched a global humanitarian appeal of $25 billion to provide support to no less than 93 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Nigeria and other countries in 2019. Speaking at the launch of a major annual analysis of global humanitarian needs in Geneva, Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said that 132 million people would need assistance ...

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Africities 8: Mayors reject discrimination, stigmatisation, xenophobia

Africities 8

African mayors and local authorities, who met at 8th edition of the Africities Summit in Marrakech, Morocco, from November 20 to 24, 2018 have expressed the determination to establish a climate that is conducive to social harmony within the territories and which rejects discrimination of all kinds, stigmatisation and xenophobia. They made the submission in a resolution tagged: “Declaration of ...

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