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UN takes action on international migration to address urgent migration challenges and increase benefits for development

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 ottobre 2013

UN Members' flags - the UN Headquarters, New York

UN Members’ flags – the UN Headquarters, New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New York. United Nations Member States for the first time unanimously adopted a Declaration calling for the respect of human rights and international labour standards, reiterating their commitment to fight human trafficking and strongly condemning racism and intolerance, during the two-day High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development held at UN Headquarters.
Member States took actions to move forward on cooperating to reduce the dangers and costs of international migration, while stressing migration’s benefits, when they agreed to the Declaration citing the many complex issues related to international migration. The Declaration committed Member States to continue to address the opportunities and challenges presented by international migration in all countries.Member States agreed that the world’s 232 million international migrants make important contributions to the development of the countries of origin, transit and destination that they move between. It was also agreed that the public perception of migrants and migration must be improved.Ensuring international labour standards and respecting the rights of migrants in the workplace was emphasized in the Declaration. With women making up nearly half of all international migrants, it was agreed that more protections were needed for women migrants, particularly for those involved in domestic work.Commitments were also made to prevent and combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling, while protecting victims. In the Declaration, Member States stressed the need for international cooperation to address the challenges of irregular migration with full respect for human rights. Regardless of migration status, Member States agreed to promote and protect the human rights of all migrants and to avoid approaches that might make irregular migrants more vulnerable.Member States also connected the important contribution migrants make towards reducing poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and stressed the need to consider migration in the post-2015 development agenda. Governments were encouraged to integrate migration into development planning, including considering ways to include diaspora groups.The Secretary-General announced closer cooperation between the United Nations and the State-led Global Forum on Migration and Development. Mr. Ban also called on the Global Migration Group, which is comprised of 14 UN agencies, the World Bank and the International Organization for Migration, to improve coordination in the field and aid in building capacity of Governments to promote work on migration and development and to develop an action-oriented plan to follow up on the High-level Dialogue.Mr. Ban also noted that in support of the work of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on International Migration, Peter Sutherland, the Philippines and the United States will lead an initiative to better assist migrant workers caught in humanitarian crises.With more than 100 Government representatives addressing the main meeting, the Dialogue also offered the opportunity for a series of roundtables and side events. The roundtables focused on different international migration issues, including how these issues relate to the post-2015 development agenda, human rights, partnerships and labour mobility. Representatives from 350 civil society organizations participated in the different discussions taking place around the Dialogue.

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Sales and New Listings of Miami Single Family Homes and Condos Continue to Boom

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 ottobre 2013

: : Now Miami's city hall.

: : Now Miami’s city hall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Miami, FL – Miami’s robust real estate market was marked by a 71.3% growth in the sales of single-family homes valued $250,000 to $399,999 in August compared with last year, according to a new report from the 30,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system. The monthly listings and sales reports also detailed strong growth in new listings for single family homes across multiple price ranges and a sharp 72.7% increase in the sales of condos valued between $400,000 and $599,999.
The Miami real estate market continues to experience strong sales across different price ranges. There were 1,210 single-family homes sold in Miami last month compared with 1,051 in August 2012, an increase of 15.1%, according to MIAMI’s monthly market report. Of those 281 sales, 139 properties were valued between $250,000 and $299,999, which marked an impressive 80.5% increase from the same period the previous year. Additionally, the sale of single-family homes valued between $300,000 and $399,999 saw an increase of 63.2%.Meanwhile, the sales of condos were driven by a significant 64% growth in closings of properties valued between $400,000 and $999,999. Specifically, there were 171 condos sold between $400,000 and $599,999, a growth of nearly 73% relative to 2012. This trend was also consistent with higher-end condos in which the 96 Miami properties that were sold with a valuation of $600,000 to $999,999 marked a 50.8% growth from the 65 that were sold during the same time last year.“The double-digit boom in the sales of Miami residential properties in most price points is truly remarkable,” said Fernando I. Martinez, MIAMI residential president. “The fact that this boom is not isolated to one sector is a sign that Miami’s real estate market is positioned for continued long-term, sustainable growth.”Double-Digit Growth in New Listings of Single-Family Homes and Condos The double-digit growth in the listings of Miami condos and single-family homes is further evidence that South Florida’s real estate market is booming and that there is still insufficient supply to keep up with the strong demand for new properties.The 2,009 single-family homes listed in August represented a 3% growth from new listings in July. Nearly 22% of August’s listings originated from single family homes valued between $250,000 to $299,999 and $400,000 to $599,999. The 210 new listings of the former signified a robust 54.4% increase from the same period in 2012; moreover, the 224 new listings for properties with the latter valuation represented a substantial increase of 44.5% compared to last August’s 155 new listings.The vigorous growth in the new August listings of condos centered around more affordable properties valued between $100,000 and $199,999 which saw an increase of 67%. In August there were 500 new condos listed with an asking price between $100,000 and $149,999, a growth of 57.2% relative to 2012 when 318 condos in the same range were listed. In addition, $150,000 to $199,999 condos also saw double-digit growth. There were 337 new listings within this range, marking an increase of 35.3% versus the 249 new listings in August 2012.

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CEC asks for prayers to prevent of another Lampedusa tragedyThe

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 ottobre 2013

Coastline of Lampedusa

Coastline of Lampedusa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Conference of European Churches has asked its member churches to offer prayers for those migrants who have lost their lives in the shipwreck near the Italian island of Lampedusa.More than 130 people were known to have died the day after the sinking on 3 October and up to 200 of the passengers on the boat traveling from Libya were suspected to be missing, in one of the worst tragedies of its kind.CEC General Secretary, Rev. Dr Guy Liagre, said, “We offer our prayers to the victims, the families and those affected by yet another tragedy on the high seas off the coast of Europe. Let us join in prayer for collaboration to prevent such tragedies to children, women and men seeking better lives.”

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Cunha confirmed as CCEE Secretary General for another 5 year term

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 ottobre 2013


Bratislava (Photo credit: Jepes)

Bratislava. Mons. Duarte da Cunha (Duarte Nuno Queiroz de Barros da Cunha) was voted unanimously to serve as CCEE Secretary General for a second five-year term (2013-1018). The Presidents of European Bishops’ Conferences – gathered in Bratislava for their annual Plenary Assembly (October 3-6) – have cast their votes this afternoon at 3.30 PM.
Father Duarte da Cunha was previously elected for the same position during the 2008 Plenary Assembly in Budapest, to succeed Mgr. Aldo Giordano, who is currently the Special Envoy – Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. In this way, CCEE President, Cardinal Péter Erdő – together with Vice-Presidents Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco and Mgr. Józef Michalik, and the Presidents of Bishops’ Conferences – have expressed their appreciation for the work carried out so far by Mgr. da Cunha, also thanking him for his willingness to serve for a second term, The Assembly also thanked the Patriarch of Lisbon, H.E. Mgr. Manuel José Macário do Nascimento Clemente, for his generosity in allowing one of his priests to serve the Church in Europe.
Da Cunha’s Biography is attached.

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Weekend in Scandinavia

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 ottobre 2013

English: Copenhagen City Hall in Copenhagen, D...

English: Copenhagen City Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Copenhagen e Stoccolma: due capitali il cui stile di vita è sinonimo di benessere, avanguardia, contemporaneità e cultura. Due città dove abitare è un piacere, destinazioni turistiche di sicuro apprezzate e ricche di scoperte, da esplorare in un solo lungo weekend.
Copenhagen è una grande città, ma a misura d’uomo, dove le biciclette a centinaia circolano in perfetta armonia col (quieto) traffico cittadino. Sempre ai vertici delle classifiche per la miglior qualità di vita, Copenhagen si distingue perché qui le testimonianze della lunga e prestigiosa storia si sono evolute creando le basi per una città riconosciuta internazionalmente per il suo stile, l’architettura contemporanea, il design e l’eccellente cucina che da anni è nota per essere una delle più innovative e ricercate al mondo a base di ingredienti originali, ma sempre freschissimi. Qui i par chi cittadini, i castelli ed i musei, ma anche una scelta infinita di negozi ed atelier originali sanno come incantare il turista. Attraversando in treno i verdeggianti panorami scandinavi, da Copenhagen Vela Tour Operator vi accompagnerà alla regale Stoccolma, capitale che fa giustificato sfoggio del suo essere sede di una casa reale, elegantemente adagiata su 14 isole, perfettamente e agevolmente esplorabili in bicicletta. Terribilmente giovane e creativa, Stoccolma, vanta un’incredibile vita notturna, strizzando l’occhio allo stile vintage riconoscibile nella moda proposta tra le vie cittadine. Stoccolma è famosa per il suo forte carattere hi-tech che la rende perfettamente proiettata verso il futuro, ma anche per i suoi 75 musei cittadini e gli splendidi giardini.
Ambedue le città, quando si avvicina l’inverno si trasformano in luoghi magici, soprattutto se ad accogliervi sarà la soffice coltre di neve che annuncia il Natale, qui celebrato con coloratissime decorazioni e mercatini caratterizzati dall’invitante profumo di cannella e biscotti.

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