Education ‘the key to social inclusion’ says Côte d’Ivoire refugee in Marrakech

If countries help educate incoming migrants and refugees, they will no longer be viewed as a problem, but a valuable resource, said a 20-year-old from Côte d’Ivoire, speaking on behalf of young people, ahead of the adoption of the new UN Global Compact for Migration in Marrakech, Morocco.  Kader Diabate made the voyage alone to Italy on one of the world’s most dangerous routes – through Niger and Libya, and across the Mediterranean Sea.  He spoke to UN News’s Mustafa Al Gamal about his extraordinary journey.

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London conference puts Somalia humanitarian needs in spotlight

The global spotlight needs to remain on Somalia as it recovers from protracted drought followed by successive failed rains, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Peter de Clercq.

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Support must be “continuous” for Least Developed Countries “graduating”

International support for the 48 Least Developed Countries, or LDCs, needs to extend beyond the point where they “graduate” out of the group.

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Terrorist groups are “spreading like a cancer”

Terrorist groups are “spreading like a cancer” that will require a new, preventative, global approach if they’re to be beaten, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned.

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Syrian refugees: Conference seeks to expand resettlement, other solutions

Increasing the number of places that Syrian refugees can call home is among the aims of an international conference in Geneva on Wednesday.

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Conference addresses human rights in the Arab region

Combatting terrorism while also respecting human rights is one of the aims of a two-day conference taking place in the Arab region.

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Annan urges Islamic States to help foster peace in global hotspots

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged senior officials representing Muslim countries to back Iraq’s interim government, work for a comprehensive settlement to the Middle East conflict and press Sudan to halt attacks in the country’s Darfur region.

World’s people must unite to address all extremism, Annan tells Islamic summit

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today told a high-level meeting of Islamic leaders “We must unite our efforts to address the extremism that is, alas, on the rise, not only in Islam, but among many faiths.”

Iraq and Middle East events force Annan to forego Islamic summit

Pressing events in Iraq and in the Middle East are keeping United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York, preventing him from attending the summit of Islamic countries in Malaysia, a UN spokesman said today.

UN labour agency opens annual conference, pledging to fight poverty with jobs

The United Nations International Labour Office (ILO) opened its three-week annual conference in Geneva today with an agenda ranging from a new plan for fighting poverty worldwide by promoting decent work to enhancing safety and security in the workplace and eliminating discrimination.