Rome Oct. 23, 216 Gerarda Pantalone, Italian Local Interior Ministry official, on Sunday said that fourteen bodies have been recovered and about 5,700 people have been saved by the Italian coastguard in Mediterranean Sea migrant rescues during the past 48 hours.
He said in Rome that some 463 migrants and the body of a pregnant woman in her mid-20s arrived in the port of Naples early on Sunday.
Pantalone said in Sicily, a total of 3,300 migrants were due to be disembarked in five different ports during the next 24 hours, while seven dead bodies were also due to be disembarked.
The coastguard said it coordinated 20 rescue operations late on Saturday, and intercepted about 2,400 people.
It said that a day earlier, 24 of it missions picked up about 3,300 people at sea.
“Seven of the dead were recovered on Friday, and another seven on Saturday.
Italy is the main landing point for Europe-bound migrants.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM), latest data revealed that it recorded 146,381 landings in the year to date.
IOM also estimated that 3,654 migrants died or went missing in this year’s Mediterranean crossings.
Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, has again repeated the complaints of insufficient solidarity from European Union partners.
“We cannot go on like this, we need a radical solution.
He insisted on proposals to penalize Eastern European countries that refuge to take in refugees with cuts in EU funding.
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said the summit represented a breakthrough in their collective efforts to address the challenges of human mobility.
Ban said this during the first-ever high-level UN summit on migration.
“More children will be able to attend school, the rights of refugees and migrants will be protected.
“Also, more people will be able to find employment abroad if a new international agreement on migration is upheld.
“Refugees and migrants are not to be seen as a burden – they offer great potential, if only we unlock it,’’ he said.
He noted that by agreeing to the document, world leaders committed to enhance international cooperation and ensure that the rights of migrants and refugees are respected worldwide.
The 193 UN member states adopted the political declaration by consensus, committing to better manage the flow of migrants and refugees by ensuring human rights, protecting vulnerable groups and enhancing global responsibility sharing.
While the non-binding document, known as the New York Declaration, is merely a reaffirmation of existing laws and guidelines.
Meanwhile, it lays the groundwork toward the creation of global frameworks to manage the movement of migrants and refugees to be adopted in two years.
Countries also pledged to boost funding to humanitarian aid and aim to solve the root causes of crises that drive people away from their homes.
“This summit shows that we can find common ground, but the summit will have real meaning only if we all honour the promises made here today,’’ Ban stressed.
During the opening session of the summit, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), an inter-governmental organisation, signed an agreement to officially join the UN system, bringing its expertise on migration under the UN’s umbrella.
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DHL (www.DHL.com) shipped nearly 26,000 vials of Covid -19 test for Longhorn, which donates one million vials to the International Organization for Migration; The vials were transported via three initial flights from Indianapolis to Kenya, Nepal and the Philippines, thereby supporting emerging markets; Vital transportation will help with COVID-19 screening of refugees and displaced people.
DHL Global Forwarding, the air and sea freight specialist of the Deutsche Post DHL Group, has partnered with Longhorn Vaccines & Diagnostics (https://LhnVD.com), an innovative company developing molecular tools, testing and vaccines aimed at meeting critical unmet needs in developed and developing countries, to provide much-needed Covid-19 test vials to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Kenya, Nepal and the Philippines.
Longhorn donates one million hits from its PrimeStore® Molecular Transport Medium (MTM) with the aim of increasing the safety and efficiency of Covid-19 testing on refugees and displaced persons in the three countries. In the face of the unprecedented global health crisis, DHL Global Forwarding used its global network of experienced LSH logistics specialists to transport nearly 26,000 vials from Longhorn's PrimeStore®MTM so far. These deliveries represent an ongoing commitment to provide a holistic range of patient-centric solutions and deliver them to where they are most needed, especially during a pandemic.
“In these difficult times, it is particularly essential that we extend our expertise and harness the full strength of our network, to support the fight against Covid-19 around the world by ensuring a steady flow of essential items, including test vials and Covid-19 vaccines. Said Ivin George, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding, East Africa. “The trust that we have built up over the years with companies that share the same vision as us, has put us in a good position not only to do a job, but to do it with precision and passion.
The pandemic has caused increased challenges in complex deliveries of temperature-controlled shipments, including tighter international border controls, lack of air cargo capacity, and strong demand for medical supplies around the world. For this reason, Longhorn chose DHL Global Forwarding, which, thanks to its specialists, its global network of terminals, warehouses and offices, and its technological infrastructure, remains able to effectively maintain supply chains. Despite the tense air and sea freight situation, protective gear, drugs and SARS-CoV-2 test kits and vials in particular are still being transported.
“Once we coordinate the PrimeStore Million Donation® With the MTM specimen collection devices with IOM, we had to handle the logistics of such an enterprise, ”said Jeff Fischer, president of Longhorn Vaccines and Diagnostics. "PrimeStore® MTM inactivates SARS-CoV-2 during collection and transport, which can reduce the need for safety cabinets and reduce the time between collection and results. With the need to ship to different countries on multiple continents and go through varying customs requirements, DHL was the clear choice given the importance of reliable transportation in the testing process.
IOM is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration, with 173 member states, nine observer states and offices in over 100 countries. IOM works to ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to help find practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in the need, including refugees and internally displaced persons.
Throughout this pandemic and beyond, DHL Global Forwarding is committed to following, understanding and complying with essential and growing rules and regulations for the storage, transportation and delivery of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, biologics and patient-specific treatments. Last December, DHL began international distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. For the supply of its citizens, the government of Israel received the first batch of vaccine with flights operated by DHL Express and DHL Global Forwarding. DHL Global Forwarding has also dedicated a charter flight for additional supplies of vaccine doses and more will follow. Additionally, DHL Global Forwarding delivered the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines to Singapore. DHL Global Forwarding organized the collection of the vaccines from the manufacturing site in Puurs, Belgium, where the shipment was accompanied by security escorts on the route to Brussels International Airport. The cargo arrived at Singapore Changi International Airport on December 21, where DHL provided customs clearance and final delivery to a designated location in Singapore. The company will also take care of the return of these special shipping boxes to Europe.
Nine thousand specialists work in DHL's dedicated global network so that pharmaceutical companies, medical devices, clinical trials and research organizations, wholesalers and distributors, as well as hospitals and healthcare providers are all connected. along the value chain and through digitization, clinical trials at the point of care, and every step in between. DHL's healthcare portfolio includes over 150 pharmacists, over 20 clinical trial depots, over 100 certified stations, over 160 GDP qualified warehouses, over 15 GMP certified sites and over 135 medical sites express.
Deutsche Post DHL Group also has a well-established infrastructure to promote volunteer engagement among its employees and support refugee assistance and support programs. The Group's Responsibility for Life Fund provides financial assistance to support employee volunteering. An internal We Help Each Other fund is funded by individual donations from employees to help colleagues in need following a natural disaster.
In its public-private partnerships, Deutsche Post DHL Group also promotes education and employment opportunities, and helps both disaster prevention and disaster response with a GoHelp disaster management program that it manages in partnership with the United Nations (UN) since 2005. partnership, the Group offers the United Nations and national disaster management agencies pro bono access to its basic logistics expertise and to the logistics skills of more than 700 volunteer employees specially trained in worldwide that can deploy within 72 hours of a natural disaster. Disaster response training is part of the Go Help program, as well as the Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) initiative - which is also part of the GoHelp program - trains the management of airports in high-risk areas to better prepare for disaster.