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World has “every interest” in better managed migration: UN expert

The world has every interest in managing migration better, given the expanding global population and the huge increase in people on the move.

This message was underlined by Louise Arbour, the UN Special Representative for International Migration, who is in Beirut, Lebanon, to address pressing issues related to the movement of people in the Arab region.

Experts gathered midweek at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) to identify ways of supporting the most vulnerable migrants.

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“Not that late” on SDGs: Commission chief on Arab states

Arab states are late in beginning the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), due largely to conflict and instability, but “not that late”.

That’s the cautiously optimistic view of Mohamed Ali Alhakim, the newly-appointed Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), which includes 18 Arab states.

He’s the first Iraqi to become an Executive Secretary in the UN system, and he’s a former Iraqi Ambassador to the UN in both New York and Geneva.