United Nations celebrates International Migrants’ Day by UNHCR, 12/2/2019

Refugee, Youth

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It includes 23 objectives covering the full migration cycle, ranging from conditions and drivers of migration in home countries, to preparations for migration, movements, border management and integration in destination countries to development impacts, return and reintegration. Each of these objectives includes a series of concrete actions Member States can take.

In 2018, the Secretary–General established the UN Network on Migration, comprising 38 UN system entities to ensure coordinated support to Member States. A member of the Network’s Executive Committee, UN DESA co-leads the working group on data and evidence, contributes to the development of the Network’s knowledge platform and connection hub and supported the negotiations on the organizational arrangements for the international migration review forums. In May 2019, the Network launched the start–up fund for safe, orderly and regular migration to support the implementation of the Compact. Today, the trust fund has already received pledges totalling more than $7 million.

The year 2020 will be a litmus test for international cooperation on migration as UN Regional Economic Commissions and other migration-related platforms undertake regional reviews to assess the status of implementation of the Compact. The results of these reviews will inform the first International Migration Review Forum in New York during the first half of 2022.

Facing the resignation of President Evo Morales and the coup d’état in Bolivia by José Gabriel Feres 11/12/19

Evo and Bolivia

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The fact that the coup d’état was consummated, even after the call for new elections made by Evo Morales, can only be explained by the clear intention of ending his government and not being willing to risk being able to do this democratically. How can we not take advantage of the moment to ensure his overthrow by force!

Unfortunately, once again we have to live in Latin America the violence of anti-humanist sectors that are not willing to abandon their privileges and for whom procedures such as lies, boycotts, the purchase of politicians and social leaders, the complicity of the judiciary, etc., are not enough and who finally resort to sectors of the Armed Forces to promote coups d’état and impede the advance of democracy.

I am certain that these situations, which will undoubtedly have a high cost in suffering, are the last breathes of a dying system before its total disappearance, since finally the peoples will recover their stolen freedom and will take their destiny in their hands, enabling a better future for all.

Finally, the refusal of the Chilean government – as well as the governments of Peru, Argentina and Brazil – not to allow Evo Morales and Alvaro García Lineras (according to journalistic sources in Bolivia) to enter the airspace of the plane in which they were flying is inexplicable, since in doing so they have made their right to seek asylum more difficult and have left them exposed to the political violence expressed today by their coup opponents.

Dr. Steeve Coupeau Goes one-on-one with Susan Beraza, Director of “MASSACRE RIVER: The Woman without a Country” featured at the 2019 Edition of the Margaret Mead Film Festival, 22 October 2019

What do you hope audiences will come away with after watching your film?

I would like the film to make audiences more aware of what happens when the most basic human right, nationality, is taken away and to not let it happen again. Massacre River is just a micro example of the rising nationalism that is, sadly, happening around the world.

Massacre River: The Woman without a Country is currently running on World Channel and other PBS affiliates throughout October. Check your local PBS website for dates and times.

Stepping Up: Refugee Education in Crisis by UNHCR, 9/8/2019

Refugee, Youth

Hina Shikhani, 21, an Afghan refugee, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan. © UNHCR/Gordon Welters

“We need to invest in refugee education or pay the price of a generation of children condemned to grow up unable to live independently, find work and be full contributors to their communities,” said Grandi.

The secondary school initiative will target the construction and refurbishment of schools, teacher training, and giving financial support to refugee families so that they can cover the expenses of sending their children to school.

This year's report also calls for refugees to be included in national education systems instead of being corralled into unofficial parallel schools, and to be allowed to follow a formal, recognized curriculum all the way through pre-primary, primary and secondary school. This will give them the recognized qualifications that can be their springboard to university or higher vocational training.


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