Ban reiterates support for interagency collaboration on migration and development

“We should focus on practical steps that will bring the Global Migration Group (GMG) closer to the people we serve,” Mr. Ban told the audience at an event organized on the sidelines of the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development convened by the UN General Assembly.The event, organized by the GMG, aims to discuss the work, priorities and future directions of the Group with participants at the dialogue. The primary aim of the Group, comprising 14 UN agencies, the World Bank, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is to improve the management of cross-border migration, to promote further research and to develop international norms relating to migration.In his remarks, Mr. Ban commended the Group for presenting “strong evidence on migration’s impact on development.”He also noted the GMG’s work to highlight the human rights challenges which Mr. Ban said are a “central part” of the picture.The Group has underlined that migrants are the main protagonists in the migration-development debate, and as such should be at the centre of deliberations at the dialogue which concludes today in New York.“Migrants are not commodities or factors of production,” the current Chair of the GMG, Director General of IOM, William Lacy Swing, said in a news release ahead of addressing the General Assembly debate.“They are mothers and fathers seeking a better life for their families. They are young people using their talents to realize their dreams and ambitions. They are individuals trying to escape discrimination, poverty and conflict. They are our neighbours, relatives, friends, employers, or colleagues,” Mr. Swing said.Mr. Ban has said that Mr. Swing is leading the GMG with “great energy and vision” during a critical junction.The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) will take the six-month rotating chair in 2014. read more

THAT IS FAIR PLAY Kielce finish 1010 in Ukraine after 9 on

TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA 4. Dunkerque HB Grand Littora…9306228:238(-10)6 3. HC Motor Zaporozhye10307283:284(-1)6 6. Kadetten Schaffhausen9225239:268(-29)6 1. KS Vive Tauron Kielce101000312:271(41)20 5. Aalborg Handball9225233:246(-13)6 2. MOL-Pick Szeged9603253:241(12)12 Vive Tauron Kielce beat Motor Zaporozhye 28:27 and finished group phase with 10 victories.For the Polish team this game couldn’t change anything, they already had the first place secured, while for Motor a victory was a chance to qualify for the Last 16. The circumstances were better than ever because Kielce were still very short-handed.And in the first half hosts seemed to use it perfectly. Poles, in their experimental squad, had problems in both attack and defence. Motor took the lead and kept making the gap bigger and bigger. After 30 minutes they were better by 9 goals (19:10) and were pretty close to getting their 2 precious points.In the second half Kielce took the better start and tried to reduce the gap. It took them 10 minutes to make 5 goals up (21:17) but they couldn’t get much more closer for the next 10 minutes. However, despite a few misses, good performance of Šego and unsuccessful attempts of Ukrainian team allowed Kielce to come from behind. Having missed opportunities to draw, Poles managed to equalized not before 60. minute (27:27). Zaporozhye had 30 seconds to score a winning goal but they didn’t even get to try because Mateusz Jachlewski stole the ball and made use of fastbreak scoring for 27:28.STANDING: Vive Tauron Kielce ← Previous Story DRAMMEN CALLING: Kristian Kjelling goes home after 14 years abroad! Next Story → Dmitri Torgovanov is new Russian head-coach! read more

Pensioners urged to turn out for Dáil rally against Budget cuts

first_imgORGANISERS OF A rally being organised for outside the Dáil next Tuesday are hoping for a large turn-out, and they’re encouraging those taking part to “bring your colourful and imaginative banners and placards”.Timed to coincide with the anniversary of the massive demonstrations that followed the announcement of the 2008 Emergency Budget, which included both pensioners and students, the protest is being arranged by representative group The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament.Some of the most controversial measures announced on Tuesday as part of Budget 2014 will impact older people hardest: the lowering of the qualifying threshold for medical cards, the increase in the prescription charge to €2.50 and the scrapping of the bereavement grant.SIPTU is also lending its support to the protest effort, which takes place outside the gates of the Dáil at 1pm on Tuesday.According to the chairman of the union’s Retired Staff Countil, Frank Gannon, “Older people have been accused by media commentators of not having been hit by the austerity measures introduced by the current Government.“The fact is they have been hit by cuts that include those to Home Help care packages, respite care grants, the fuel support scheme, rising drug costs and soaring energy bills.“The loss of the death grant could drive vulnerable people into the hands of money lenders; increased prescription charges could see those with multiple illnesses having to make choices about what drugs to take and the lowering of the income threshold for medical cards means an estimated 35,000 people will lose their cards.”Some 15,000 older people and around 10,000 students took part in a rally outside the gates of Leinster House on 22 October 2008.Read: ‘What did older people ever do to you?’: Taoiseach quizzed over Budget 2014 >Damien Kiberd: Budget 2014 arithmetic not just iffy – it’s scary >last_img read more