News in Brief 28 June 2017 (AM)

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Migrants arriving on Italy's Lampedusa Island after crossing the Mediterranean on a dilapidated boat. Photo: UNHCR/F. Noy

Berlin meeting focuses on development and economic benefits of migration

More than 700 policymakers from 140 countries, international organizations, civil society and the private sector are meeting in Berlin this week to discuss ways to leverage the development and economic benefits of migration.

Senior UN representatives are also participating in the Global Forum on Migration and Development, including the Secretary-General's Special Representative for International Migration, Louise Arbour, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.

The three-day meeting, which opened on Wednesday, will focus on how to balance the best interests of migrants and their countries of origin, transit and destination, within the goal of safe, dignified and well-managed migration.

Outcomes from the forum will feed into the creation of a global migration compact which the UN is expected to adopt in 2018.

Improve lives of migrant workers: ILO Director-General

In more news from the Global Forum on Migration and Development:

Countries are being urged to find new ways to improve the lives and working conditions of migrant workers.

The call was made by the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO), speaking on Wednesday in Berlin.

Guy Ryder said nearly 75 per cent of all migrants of working age, or around 150 million people, are in the labour force and searching for decent work.

He stressed the importance of taking action that makes "a real difference" in the lives of migrants.

He told the forum: "If we are to foster the benefits of these movements for all concerned, our policy choices matter greatly."

Disarmament ceremony latest "milestone" in Colombia peace process: UN chief

The laydown of weapons by the Colombian rebel group FARC has been hailed by the UN Secretary-General as "another historic milestone" in the country's peace process.

Inspectors from the UN Mission in Colombia locked containers packed with guns during a ceremony held on Tuesday.

Overall, more than 7,000 weapons have been turned over.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, UN chief António Guterres said he was pleased that the organization has been able to support the implementation of the cease-fire and the laying down of arms agreements.

Mr Guterres also underlined the UN's continued support for the peace process.

The Colombian government and FARC signed a peace deal in November, ending five decades of conflict.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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