“Whilst there is relative peace and stability in the world, developments over the past year have reminded us how complex security issues, turmoil and instability arising from human activities can hinder progress for long-term development,” said Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah. He called on nations to work together to address problems aggravated by globalization and inter-connectedness, and highlighted his country’s support for efforts that promote understanding, tolerance and respect among world communities.The Sultan, whose address coincides with the 30th anniversary of Brunei’s membership in the Organization, reemphasized that “our efforts in realizing the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] would be in vain if, at the same time, we disregard our commitments to pursue peaceful means of settling disputes as enshrined in the Charter of the UN.” The theme of the 69th high-level debate which the Sultan addressed is “transformative post-2015 development agenda.” It comes amid the final push to reach the Millennium Development Goals, and as the international community is defining a new set of sustainable development targets which would guide international efforts starting in January 2016.
Our concern now is for the unknown number of other undocumented people in Ireland, with estimates that almost 4 million people are in a similar position across the EU.Call for new scheme to legalise undocumented migrants in Ireland>Ireland is failing to meet its international obligations on asylum seekers says the Irish Refugee Council> AN ALGERIAN MAN has finally secured residency in Ireland after living here undocumented for 37 years.Ali Haddad came to Dublin in 1976 as an aviation student and chose to stay after a military coup in his native Algeria.He has lived on the streets and in temporary housing with casual jobs and the generosity of friends his only income.The Immigrant Council of Ireland says his case highlights the need for reform.Being undocumented forced Ali to live in limbo. He had no access to state services and supports, he couldn’t access unemployment benefits and he wasn’t even able to replace his out-of-date passport.Welcoming the news, Ali said:To be finally recognised in a country which has been my home for 37 years is overwhelming. I am no longer forced to live in the shadows but can seek work to support myself and play an active role in the community. After the Immigrant Council of Ireland highlighted his case, the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, TD used his powers of discretion to grant residency.Senior solicitor with the organisation, Hilkka Becker said: “We are delighted for Ali that he now has an opportunity to seek work, secure a permanent residence and have stability in a country which has been his home for his adult life.