Migrants: ‘A powerful driver’ of economic growth, ‘dynamism and understanding’

Human migration is “a powerful driver of economic growth, dynamism and understanding,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said, in his message  commemorating International Migrants Day, marked on 18 December.

Implementing first-ever global migration pact must involve public and private sector push

The private sector and civil society, working in tandem, “hold the biggest promise” for making the first-ever Global Compact on migration a success. That’s the opinion of Tarek Yousef, the director of the Brookings Institution at Doha Centre who spoke to  Mustafa Al Gamal of UN News. 



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A safer, more dignified journey for all migrants, tops agenda at global conference in Marrakech

Top politicians and officials from across the world will gather in Marrakech, Morocco this weekend, ahead of a major conference convened by the UN, to formally adopt an all-inclusive, extensive global agreement aimed at making migration safer, and more dignified for all.

'No question' of migration Compact's positive benefits: Arbour

There is “no question,” of the positive benefits that could be reaped from migration, if the world implements the UN Global Compact, an all-inclusive agreement to make migration safe and orderly. That's the view of UN Special Representative for International migration, Louise Arbour, who spoke with Mustafa al-Gamal of UN News ahead of next week's Compact conference in Morocco.

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News in Brief 29 November 2018

  • New UNICEF report urges scaled-up treatment, prevention of AIDS
  • New migration issues take a positive turn
  • UN recognizes reggae as a global treasure
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News in Brief 19 October 2018

  • Aid continues to arrive in quake-hit Indonesia, devastation ‘beyond imagination’
  • Mass migrant march from Honduras may overwhelm authorities, warns UNHCR
  • Yemen cyclone kills three as UN food agency calls for US$117 million for next six months
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Migrant countries should do more to sustain livelihoods in source nations: UNCTAD

Migration “is a force for good” for host nations, but Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, tells UN News what Ethiopia and Rwanda have done to offer migrants economic opportunities closer to home. The UNCTAD chief also reflects on the passing of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, whom he describes as an inspiration for his moral leadership.

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INTERVIEW: ‘Dare to deliver’ more for the world, underscores General Assembly President

In June, the 193-member United Nations General Assembly, elected Ecuadorean Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, the President of its 73rd session. Ms. Espinosa is only the fourth woman to hold that position in the history of the world body, and the first woman ever from the Latin America and the Caribbean region to preside over the Assembly.

INTERVIEW: With ‘many good things’ accomplished, it’s still ‘a work in progress’, says UN Assembly President reflecting on his year in office

Last May, the United Nations General Assembly elected Miroslav Lajčák, the Foreign Minister of Slovakia, President of its 72nd annual session, and he formally took up the job on 12 September.

News in Brief 12 July 2018

  • UN chief announces new expert group for positive digital technology change
  • Global migration compact to ‘harness the benefits’ of regular migration
  • UN envoy recounts ‘horrific’ testimonies from South Sudanese
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