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ADFD: Abu Dhabi-funded housing project in Asilah to be completed soon
posted on 18/12/2014
TANGIER: A 700-unit housing project in Asilah City, Morocco, will soon be completed at a total cost of Dh73 million, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) announced on Tuesday.
In a statement, ADFD said that its three-phased community housing project also includes a museum, a school and a bus station and will be handed over to the Moroccan government in the first quarter of 2015.
The ADFD noted that 400 units were built in the first phase, 200 in the second phase and 100 are under construction in the third and last phase of the project which is part of Abu Dhabi's efforts to support Morocco's economy and resettle residents of the city's slums.
ADFD 's Director-General, Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, said that the fund supports the project as part of the UAE's keen interest to contribute towards Morocco's economic development.
He added that sustainable development in Morocco is prioritised by Abu Dhabi's fund, and that the Fund looks forward to further consolidate its fruitful work and developmental support in order to contribute to efforts to alleviate the suffering of the people.
ADFD was established in 1971 as a leading national entity to provide development aid to developing countries in the form of concessionary loans and administering grants on behalf of the government of Abu Dhabi. The aim is to finance development projects in order to support efforts to achieve economic and social development in developing countries. The ADFD also makes investments in order to encourage the private sector in the recipient countries to play an essential role in accelerating the economic development process. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395273958367.html
UAE Embassy's Charge d'Affaires attends handing over Khalifa Foundation's homes to Serbians
posted on 13/12/2014
Hamad Al Awadi, UAE Embassy's Charge d'Affaires in Serbia along with President of the Republic of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolic, have handed over the Khalifa bin Zayed Humanitarian Foundation (KF) homes for those affected by the floods in Serbia.
Also in attendance were Serbian Prime Minister, Alexander Vucic, Serbia's Defence Minister, Bratislav Gasic and Serbian Economy Minister, Zeljko Sertic.
The handover ceremony was attended by senior foreign and Serbian officials. Al Awadi also attended the handing over of 39 keys including 14 keys of houses to the families affected by floods which occurred in Serbia in May. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/international/1395273730039.html
Lubna Al Qasimi, Norwegian Secretary of State discuss cooperation in education
posted on 11/12/2014
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, MICAD, and Laila Bukhari, Secretary of State at the Norwegian Prime Minister's office and her accompanying delegation, have discussed ways to enhance cooperation and partnership relations between the UAE and Norway in various education issues.
Sheikha Lubna highlighted the UAE's keenness to strengthen and promote relations with Norway and the UAE's commitment to supporting education issues for its important role in promoting development and contribute to poverty ratios reduction in developing countries.
The Minister of International Cooperation and Development noted that education represents an important part of development and humanitarian aid provided by the United Arab Emirates, as the UAE has contributed with nearly Dh 2 billion between 2004 and 2014 to support special education programmes.
Bukhari presented her government's plan to combat violence and extremism, which require extensive international cooperation to prevent the spread of the phenomenon globally.
The meeting was attended by Hazza Al Qahtani, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, Najla Al Kaabi, Assistant Under-Secretary of MICAD, and Sten Anders Berge, Ambassador of Norway. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395273643491.html
UAE announces US$ 500,000 first-time contribution to UN Department of Political Affairs
posted on 10/12/2014
NEW YORK: The Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations participated in a donors' meeting for current and prospective contributors, chaired by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, on Monday. The meeting was organised by the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), as part of its Multi-Year Appeal 2015 Update and presentation of its funding priorities.
At the meeting, Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative to the UN, announced the UAE's contribution of US$500,000 to the DPA fund, an amount partially ear-marked for activities in Afghanistan and Somalia. This contribution marks the first time that the UAE has donated to DPA, and a portion of the funds will be assigned and used towards the Department's Rapid Response efforts, allowing DPA some flexibility in responding to sudden crises in 2015 in addition to building on the important work it is doing in Somalia and Afghanistan.
In her remarks, Ambassador Nusseibeh also recognised DPA's important role in promoting the goals and objectives of the UN in its work towards peace, security and development in countries and regions currently affected by, or emerging from, conflicts, especially in the Middle East. She also commended Mr. Feltman's efforts in leading the Department and engaging with the Arab region.
During the meeting, DPA gave a review of its activities that focus on mediation and the cessation of political conflicts around the world. According to data from DPA, it has contributed to approximately 40 Special Political Missions, which were funded by 17 countries in 2014, where donations reached US$16 million. The Department also reviewed its projects for the year 2015 with a budget of $25.5 million.
Assistant-Secretary-General Jamal Ben Omar, UN Special Adviser on Yemen, spoke at the meeting following Feltman's opening remarks. He noted the implementation of the GCC initiative, which provides a roadmap for mechanism time lines and benchmarks for transition, as an achievement in the context of Yemen. He also noted the ongoing work of the Constitution Drafting Committee, and thanked the UAE for facilitating efforts in this regard.
Several European countries, as well as Japan and the Republic of Korea, also made significant pledges during the meeting. The UAE was welcomed as a new donor amongst the group. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395273588372.html
MICAD, UNICEF sign Dh18.4 m agreement to fight Ebola in severely-hit West African nations
posted on 28/11/2014
The U.A.E. Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) on Thursday signed an agreement with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), under which it supported the international organisation's Ebola outbreak response with Dh 18.4 million (US$ 5 million). The funds will support UNICEF in fighting Ebola in the severely-hit West African nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone with a focus on the direct and indirect risk to children.
The agreement was signed by Hazza Mohammad Falah Al Qahtani, the Undersecretary of MICAD and Ibrahim el-Ziq, UNICEF Gulf Area Representative, at MICAD's headquarters in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD).
The U.A.E.'s contribution, which was announced on 2 October, will support a number of key interventions in the fight against Ebola. These include community awareness campaigns focusing on changing behaviours that can drive the transmission, nutritional care for Ebola affected people, support for orphaned children and training teachers on prevention in schools. The agreement will be implemented over a period of six months and will benefit around 150,000 people across the three affected countries.
"The U.A.E. is keen to work with international organisations in the fight against Ebola to ensure that these countries can be declared free soon. We must ensure that everything we do now is not just with the aim of ending the outbreak, but to ensure that we come out with a stronger and efficient healthcare system that will be capable of containing any future outbreak of the infectious disease," commented Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi.
"Ebola is an unprecedented public health emergency that is having a dramatic impact on children's lives, as schools are being closed, children are being orphaned and health facilities are under tremendous strain", said Ibrahim el-Ziq, UNICEF Gulf Area Representative.
"The U.A.E. has been a staunch supporter of UNICEF's work for children in many parts of the world. This latest contribution comes at a critical time as we are seeing signs of hope as new cases have stopped appearing in some countries and it is absolutely crucial to continue to push forward with our work to be able to win the battle against this disease," el-Ziq added.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395273127670.html
Lubna Al Qasimi: U.A.E. offered Dh16b humanitarian aid in 3 years
posted on 26/11/2014
The United Arab Emirates provided a total of Dh 16 billion in humanitarian aid during the period between 2010 and 2012 to become one of the world's leading aid donors, Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) & Head of the U.A.E. Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid has said.
Sheikha Lubna made the remarks while speaking yesterday to over 100 visiting journalists from 45 countries on the behest of the National Media Council as part of the celebrations of the U.A.E.'s 43rd national day anniversary.
She said U.A.E.'s humanitarian and charitable aid covered more than 10 countries, including Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt, Morocco and Kazakhstan and noted that most of the aid focused on the areas of healthcare, energy, education and reconstruction.
Sheikha Lubna also said the U.A.E. continued to provide assistance to the Syrians refugees and highlighted the recent expansion of the refugee camps in Jordan and setting up of a field hospital there to cater for Syrian refugees and the Jordanians in the two areas. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-arab-international/1395273007291.html
U.A.E.'s Khalifa Fund extends US$200m loan to Egypt's micro-entrepreneurial sector
posted on 25/11/2014
CAIRO: The U.A.E.'s Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED) has signed an agreement with the government of Egypt to extend an US$200 million loan to Egypt's micro entrepreneurs in through the Social Fund for Development.
The loan agreement was signed in Cairo yesterday by Hussain Jassim Al Nowais, Chairman of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, and Najla al-Ahwani, Egyptian Minister of International Co-operation, in the presence of Ibrahim Mahlab, Prime Minister of Egypt, and Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, U.A.E. Minister of State and Chairman of the Coordination Office of U.A.E.-Funded Development Projects in Egypt.
A project implementation agreement was concurrently signed by Ibrahim Al Mansouri, KFED's Chief Operations Officer, and Soha Soliman, Managing Director of Egypt's Social Fund for Development.
Strategically located in the Arab world, Egypt plays a key role in shaping the region's eco-political dynamics. The country's stable and sustainable development has significant implications for peace in the Middle East. KFED's initiative articulates the U.A.E.'s commitment to strengthening political stability and socio-economic development in Egypt through facilitating job creation, ensuring the development of impoverished areas, and promoting the role of women in the country's development process.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab thanked the U.A.E. for its support to his country in addressing the needs of the Egyptian people, especially in the economic and development domains. Recalling the rich historical relations shared by the two countries, he expressed Egypt's aspiration to build upon the synergy and strengthen mutual bonds.
Minister Al Jaber affirmed that the U.A.E. leadership attaches great importance to promoting development in Egypt through supporting entrepreneurship, combating poverty in the underdeveloped areas, and empowering women and the youth in the country. He added that the U.A.E.'s efforts are designed to help Egypt regain its pivotal role in the region and generate economic and social benefits for the average Egyptian citizen.
"The microenterprise sector acquires great importance in the development efforts as it aids job creation and enhances the livelihood of low-income families. Under the agreement, the executing agency – Social Development Fund - will provide the necessary training and guidance to beneficiaries for ensuring the success of their projects. Such efforts, we believe, will help promote a culture of constructive thinking and innovation, especially amongst women and young people, and aid their transformation into becoming productive individuals in mainstream society and contributors to the nation building process in Egypt," added Minister Al Jaber.
Al Nowais, Chairman of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, said, "The U.A.E.'s visionary leadership is determined to strengthen closer ties between the people of the U.A.E. and Egypt, and believes in the need to promote various aspects of development, particularly of micro-sized enterprises." "The loan will be directed towards microfinance development in remote and disadvantaged areas and pockets of poverty throughout Egypt, emphasizing social inclusiveness and the empowerment of Egyptian women. We expect the financial assistance to contribute to the creation of 100,000 projects and more than 120,000 job opportunities by 2020," he added.
Najla al-Ahwani, Egypt's Minister of International Co-operation, affirmed that the agreement would be designed as a soft loan with lenient terms and conditions over a 15-year period with a six-year grace period.
Soha Soliman, Managing Director of the Social Fund for Development, said: "The agreement constitutes an important step towards enhancing cooperation with our brothers in the U.A.E. through the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development - a leading development institution engaged in promoting a culture of entrepreneurship and creating an enabling environment for the small and medium enterprise sector." "The representatives of both Funds will work together to action the agreement with a view to supporting the micro enterprise sector in Egypt through targeting the most marginalized and deprived areas in need of extensive development interventions. Accordingly, the project will aim to achieve a target of financing 70 percent of projects in rural areas With regard to promoting the economic role of women in society, 25% of the loan will be allocated to finance women-led enterprises," Soliman added.
The U.A.E. has adopted a package of financial and technical assistance to the Arab Republic of Egypt, aimed at supporting the Government's efforts in promoting social, economic and political stability. The U.A.E.'s support is aimed at implementing development programmes that support the economic growth of Egypt through the reduction of poverty and unemployment. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395272931065.html
ERC inspects development projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina
posted on 24/11/2014
The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has inspected a number of its projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina and discussed several projects for targeted beneficiaries.
Headed by Salem Al Ameri, Director of Al Ain ERC branch, the ERC delegation members were briefed about the project of productive families implemented by the ERC in Srebrenica city. The project provides income to the needy families.
The project is one among many such projects implemented by the ERC in a number of countries with the aim of making a difference and help the cause of development of those in the poor categories.
In Mostar city, the delegation inspected the student hostel project built earlier by the ERC.
The ERC delegation also discussed with officials in Sarajevo the orphanage project and ways to send money to orphans regularly without delay. – Emirates News Agency WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/international/1395272878062.html
ADFD signs Dh110m deal with Madagascar
posted on 23/11/2014
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) is set to extend Dh110 million in soft loans to the Republic of Madagascar for the construction of a 117km two-lane road and seven bridges that will connect key rural areas of the country. Confirming the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development's support, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADFD, and Andriambololona Vonintsalama, Secretary General of the Ministry of Finance and Budget in Republic of Madagascar.
Madagascar is home to more than 21 million people, and the new projects are anticipated to drive the country's tourism and agricultural sectors.
Completion of the coastal road between Soanierana Ivongo and Mananara will ensure the uninterrupted flow of agricultural produce to the markets, while reducing the transportation cost of goods.
The new asphalt road will also facilitate continued access to the towns throughout the year, regardless of the weather conditions. Notably, the two-lane highway will help reduce the isolation of rural areas.
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, said: "The government of Madagascar is extremely focused on the redevelopment of its core infrastructure as part of its priority to stimulate economic growth and lift its people out of poverty. Apart from facilitating the movement of goods and trade, such projects support the creation of jobs and social mobility.”
He added: "The eradication of poverty in developing countries is part of the Fund's core mandate. Financing roads and bridges reflects ADFD's commitment to supporting infrastructure projects that contribute to the development of economic sectors and the wellbeing of the people in developing nations. We believe this project will provide deep and lasting benefits to the people of Madagascar.”
Andriambololona Vonintsalama, Madagascar's Secretary General of the Ministry of Finance and Budget, said: "We are grateful to the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development for its unwavering commitment to the development of our nation and people.”
"Our government remains focused on the delivery of infrastructure and services that will elevate the nation and provide seamless opportunities for growth to our people. This project is another great example of what can be achieved through collaboration and shared vision for global progress,” she added.
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development has earlier financed a power project in Madagascar in 1979, with a funding of Dh15 million. The Andekaleka Hydroelectric Power project currently delivers 58MW of power to the local population.
Meanwhile a high-level government delegation from the Republic of Slovakia headed by Dusan Horniak, Ambassador to the U.A.E., visited the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) to explore opportunities for further bilateral collaboration with the U.A.E..
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi welcomed the delegation and reiterated the U.A.E.'s support to Slovakia's development goals and efforts.
Lauding the Republic of Slovakia for its commitment to promote its synergy with the U.A.E., Al Suwaidi said: "The visit provided us valuable insights into the opportunities opening up in the Republic. Abu Dhabi Fund for Development is committed to collaborating on projects that help accelerate Slovakia's economic development on a priority basis. We are confident our engagement will meet the strategic objectives of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, while driving the economic and social development of the Slovak Republic.”
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) was established in 1971 as a leading national entity to provide development aid to emerging economies in the form of concessionary loans and administrative grants on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government.
The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development also manages the government grants provided by the U.A.E. through direct supervision and follow-up of the implementation and operation of the projects. – The Gulf Today - http://gulftoday.ae/portal/73a35633-72a4-4cd2-8a16-071018f96141.aspx
U.A.E. Ambassador to Serbia inspects U.A.E. residential Project
posted on 23/11/2014
Juma Rashid Saif Al Dhaheri, U.A.E. Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia has inspected U.A.E. residential Project in Valjevo City, which is being rebuilt by the assistance from the U.A.E..
These houses were damaged in last June floods caused by unprecedented torrential rain.
Al Dhaheri was accompanied by Serbia's Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy, Aleksandar Vulin and a UN official, was briefed on work progress in the area stressing the strong friendship relations between the two peoples and countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/international/1395272797224.html
Week-long mission to construct a primary school in the village of Barkamuda in Nepal
posted on 19/11/2014
As part of Volunteer Globally 2014, a group of 16 volunteers from the U.A.E. led by Tarek Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares, recently undertook a week-long mission to construct a primary school in the village of Barkamuda in Nepal. The school is set to directly benefit 150 children and indirectly benefit 1,000 officials and teachers in the village. The team undertook activities such as digging, making bricks, carrying water and tying rebar. The team left from Dubai on November 8. - Gulf News -http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/education/week-long-mission-to-construct-a-primary-school-in-the-village-of-barkamuda-in-nepal-1.1414288
Lubna Al Qasimi underlines active role played by non-governmental organisations
posted on 18/11/2014
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, the U.A.E.'s Minister of International Cooperation and Development and President of the U.A.E. Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Aid, has stressed the importance of the role that civic and non-governmental organisations play in various aspects of humanitarian work, such as responding to crises and humanitarian disasters.
Their work, she said, supports the efforts of the international community, and contributes towards resolving many international developmental and humanitarian issues.
Sheikha Lubna made the comments during a meeting with Neal Keny Guyer, the CEO of the American global aid agency, Mercy Corps, wherein they discussed avenues of cooperation. Both the sides, the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development and also the organisation were able to exchange experiences during the meeting.
The minister commended Mercy Corps's charitable and humanitarian work and efforts, which she said clearly proves the active role that specialised civilian organisations play in conjunction with the governments, and also reflects the positive values and philosophy of voluntary work.
Guyer expressed his appreciation for the pivotal role played by the U.A.E. in international development, and commended the U.A.E.'s contribution and response to various humanitarian crises and disasters in different parts of the world.
Guyer also said that it is important for the international community and for the governments to support the efforts of humanitarian organisations, and to encourage more community involvement in humanitarian and charitable work. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –
Survey shows Khalifa Foundation-backed food fortification initiative in Afghanistan a success story
posted on 16/11/2014
KABUL: A recent survey conducted in Afghanistan in 2013 proved that the national food fortification programme funded through the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation and other partners, and executed by the Swiss Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), was successful in reducing the incidence of malnutrition among preschool-age children and women of reproductive age, and was particularly effective in preventing iodine deficiency disorders and brain damage through iodisation of edible salt.
Afghanistan's Minister of Health, Soraya Dalil, recently said her country was very grateful to the United Arab Emirates and its highly respected leadership for this great success achieved through the programme. Dalil's announcement hailed the role of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation in supporting nutrition and food fortification in the country and its contribution to the larger "Health for All aim as stated in our National Health and Nutrition Policy and Strategy 2012 – 2013." In a written document, of which WAM received a copy, Dalil said that the nutrition survey conducted recently with the assistance of the UNICEF, showed that household access to iodised salt was estimated at 73.6 percent, a proportion that represents a great progress towards the achievement of the universal salt iodisation norm defined as a minimum of 80 to 90 percent of households having access to adequately iodised salt.
The minister added that "If continued, this pace of progress will place Afghanistan on the list of iodine deficiency free countries that will have defeated the scourge of the lethal effects of iodine deficiency disorders and brain damage." The Minister of Health acknowledged that this achievement could not have been possible without the funding and support of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation .
As part of the strategy adopted by the project, being conducted through partnership between GAIN and the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation in collaboration with Afghanistan's Ministry of Health, it is expected that 18 million Afghans will benefit by the end of 2015 from the services provided by the projects including salt iodization, fortification of wheat flour with iron, folic acid and vitamin B12; vitaminisation of edible oil and ghee with vitamin A and D, and the local production of multi nutrient powder (MNP) that will improve the micronutrient and nutritional status of children between the age of 6 to 24 months.
The national food fortification programme is a priority for the government of Afghanistan. The support extended by the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation to this programme was acknowledged by the Minister of Health and representatives of nine other ministries in a meeting of all the salt producers, the government and other parties, that was organised by GAIN in Kabul in December last year.
The minister reiterated the success of this programme, particularly with regards to salt iodization, in not only increasing household access to iodised salt to 73.6 percent but also in improving quality as 44.6 percent of all salt samples analysed were found adequately iodised in 2013, compared to only 28.5 percent in 2004.
The minister indicated that Afghanistan deserves to celebrate this success of the iodisation programme as more than 70 percent of Afghan families are consuming iodised salt that will protect preschool children and women of reproductive age from brain damage in pregnancy, congenital anomalies in newborns, perinatal mortality, endemic mental retardation and loss of productivity and economic development at the national level.
The national nutrition survey had covered about 22,000 households distributed across all 34 provinces of the country, and was aimed at reviewing the current nutritional situation, establishing the trends and looking for associated factors that influence the nutritional status of the population in Afghanistan.
The survey collected information about household food security, infant and young child feeding and care practices, weight and height to assess malnutrition and laboratory analysis of biologic samples to determine vitamin and mineral deficiencies in addition to other health and environmental factors such as infection diseases, access to health care services, drinking water, hygiene and sanitation.
The minister indicated that the salt iodisation programme was being implemented, thanks to the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation 's support, through mobilisation and organisation of salt producers and building their managerial capacity and technical skills to produce iodised salt of high quality. and Also, a revolving fund has been established to help procure potassium iodate, instead of the existing arrangement dependent upon unsustainable free donations which had failed to produce optimum results in the past.
The document also pointed to the contribution of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation in combating the disastrous effects of iodine deficiency disorders. Nutrition experts affirm that deficiency of iodine in the diet during pregnancy is a major cause of brain damage that can lead to irreversible mental retardation if not addressed properly and in time. They also indicate that iodine deficiency during pregnancy is a major cause of still births, abortion, perinatal mortality and congenital anomalies in newborns.
Nutrition experts report that iodine is a natural element available in soil and water and is normally found in foods that come from plant or animal sources. However, over the years, iodine has been leached out by soil erosion due to floods, overgrazing by livestock, loss of vegetation, etc., resulting in a continued and increasing loss of iodine from the soil. Foods grown locally and animals grazing in those areas lack iodine. As a result, the local diet contains less iodine and the entire population is exposed to iodine deficiency. In this context, the only possibility to improve the iodine intake is to have an external source of iodine.
During the last few decades, the UNICEF, governments, non-governmental organisations and the international community have adopted salt iodisation as the most effective, practical and affordable strategy to control iodine deficiency disorders. These stakeholders came together and assigned the universal salt iodisation (USI) target of 80 to 90 percent of household access to adequate iodised salt as a guarantee to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders and its terrifying effects on brain development and the socio-economic growth of a country. Afghanistan is among the countries that have endorsed the USI goal as a national priority. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395272467154.html
Suez Canal Authority and Challenge Consortium mark commencement of dredging work on new Suez Canal Project
posted on 15/11/2014
ISMAILIA – EGYPT: The Challenge Consortium led by the National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC), in collaboration with the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), yesterday held a ceremony in Ismailia to mark the arrival of marine dredgers and commencement of dredging on the new Suez Canal project.
The larger Suez Canal expansion project was announced earlier this year by the President of the Republic of Egypt, Abdul Fattah Al Sisi.
The celebration began at the Simulation and Marine Training Center of the Suez Canal Authority with a welcome note and a presentation on the new Suez Canal project by the Authority's Chairman, Lieutenant General Mohab Mamish,.
The welcome address was followed by a briefing delivered by the consortium representative Engineer Yasser Zaghloul, CEO of the NMDC. Highlighting the various phases of dredging work on the new Suez Canal project. Zaghloul provided details on the number of dredgers that will work on the project. In addition, he outlined the operation schedule for the underwater work that is anticipated to dredge a total of 250 million cubic meters of soil. Zaghloul also offered an overview on the giant dredger ‘Almarfa'a owned by the U.A.E.'s National Marine Dredging Company.
Following the talks, Lieutenant General Mohab Mamish headlined a press conference.
The ceremony was attended by Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, U.A.E. Minister of State, as well as a number of Ministers, the U.A.E. Ambassador in Cairo, governors of the Suez Canal Zone, Chairman of the NMDC, Mohammad Thani Murshed Al Ruamithi and representatives of the consortium including Boscalis and Van Oord from Holland, Jean Donnell and Dredger International from Belgium and Great Lakes from the USA. The ceremony also drew the attendance of senior media professionals, journalists, representatives of news agencies, global newspapers and the Dubai Press Club.
Lieutenant General Muhab Mamish said: "The new Suez Canal project reflects the vision of His Excellency President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. The initiative will play a vital and an important role in improving Egypt's economic activity through expanding the canal's capacity and generating increased revenues. The canal's development will help establish specialized economic areas, cities and projects. Such projects will stimulate economic growth and create more job opportunities." Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: "I would like to convey my warm wishes from the U.A.E.'s leadership and its people to our brothers in Egypt. I would also like to thank the Suez Canal Authority and the National Marine Dredging Company for inviting me to attend the ceremony. Establishing a strong consortium that includes several international companies, which are well-known for their extensive expertise, to execute this huge project enhances the chances of the project's success.
"I am confident that the Suez Authority's efforts to manage the project and its cooperation with the consortium will contribute to the scheduled completion of drilling work on the new canal." Engineer Yasser Nasser Zaghloul, CEO of the NMDC, the consortium lead said: "We understand, fully, the strategic importance of this project to Egypt and the world. We are also aware that through this project we are working hand in hand to build Egypt's future and realizing His Excellency Abdul Fattah Al Sisi, President of the Republic of Egypt's vision of a sustainable, strong economy for Egypt." He added: "That is why the NMDC embarked on forming one of the strongest dredging consortiums in the world that includes companies with global expertise and impeccable track records. All companies in the challenge consortium are committed to extending every effort and resource necessary to execute this important project." The ceremony concluded with guests and C-suite executives exchanging perspectives on the strategic importance of the new Suez Canal project and their determination to complete the work within schedule. The attendees then met at the Beach Club in Ismailia to mark the beginning of the alliance's dredging work from the Almarfa'a dredger.
The massive project will see the creation of a new Suez Canal parallel to the current channel spanning a total length of 72 kilometers. The New Suez Canal project is set to boost Egypt's economy and help speed up the movement of vessels through the 193 km long canal, which connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
UNDP stresses UAE's developmental role in Palestine
posted on 14/11/2014
Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator in the occupied Palestinian Territory, has highlighted the UAE's efforts to improve the deteriorating humanitarian situation of the Palestinian people.
During his visit to the Emirates Red Crescent's headquarters, the UN official commended reconstruction projects carried out by the authority in the Gaza Strip.
Mr. Mauring briefed Emirates Red Crescent officials on the objectives of the UNDP and its activities in the Palestinian arena, pointing out that the programme is concerned with the rehabilitation of Palestinian infrastructure in the areas of education, health, water and electricity services, women's affairs and the youth.
Dr. Mohammad Atiq Al Falahi, Secretary-General of the ERC, stressed the authority's keenness to improve the lives of Palestinian people in implementation of the directives of the wise leadership and the follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and ERC Chairman.
He also reiterated that the ERC is keen to strengthen and boost its partners http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395272392238.htmlhip with the UNDP on the Palestinian arena. - Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395272392238.html
Lubna Al Qasimi: Women should be encouraged into more leadership positions in the energy sector
posted on 13/11/2014
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, U.A.E. Minister of International Cooperation and Development, yesterday said that women should be supported, encouraged and recognised for their abilities to make valuable contributions to the primarily male-dominated fields of science and engineering.
During a panel discussion about women in industry, which took place on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, Sheikha Lubna noted that although women in the U.A.E. today face many fewer challenges to setting foot in the energy sector, more could be done to encourage and increase the number of women in leadership positions.
"When we compare the 1980's to today, we are talking about a totally different set of challenges. Today there are many women who are engineers. Women are getting hired, and I don't think there are a lot of issues. But what we face as a challenge is seeing more women in leadership positions, women being part of the board of directors or trustees of organisations, this is the challenge that we will push towards as we go through the years," the Minister said.
"The struggle for women is to really step up in a man's world of engineering. The challenge that we talk about today is where we want to reach as women leaders," she explained.
Other speakers included Vicki Hollu, President of Occidental Oil and GAS, Americas, Elisabeth Proust, CEO and Managing Director of Total, Nigeria, and Kathy Pepper, Vice President Middle East and Russia, ExxonMobil, all examples of women who have succeeded in carving their way through a male-dominated global industry to become top leaders in their own right.
The panellists agreed that more should be done to encourage and accommodate the needs of women in the industry, saying that organisations should recognise the added value that women can bring to the table.
"What companies are realising is that they need to get women into the industry, into their companies, because they are a great resource and to get women in the quantities that they need, they need to recognise that men and women are the same," said Kathy Pepper, who went on to say that the industry has come a long way in the last 30 years, and said she hopes to see a greater number of women take hold of management positions in the future.
"Women work in different ways than men, and we need to have a more diverse, more open, more flexible and accommodating workplace to facilitate equality and mutual respect based on merit," she added.
The panel stressed the importance of upholding a good work ethic, a positive attitude, passion and determination to help women break through the glass ceiling to excel in the energy or any other sector.
"We can all work hard and we can all have good energy, but there is always the question of who can be a leader, and who cannot," Sheikha Lubna said.
She continued, "It's all about delivery. You will stand-out in any organisation if you deliver, and that includes understanding the objectives and mission of the organisation you are working for.
"It's also about teamwork. It's never been about you, it's not about your ego, it's really all about creating an environment that can drive that organisation to a better level," she concluded. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –
Lubna Al Qasimi chairs Panel discussion on U.A.E. Aid Programme and Millennium Development Goals
posted on 13/11/2014
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, MICAD, and Head of the U.A.E. Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, has highlighted the U.A.E.'s efforts in international development through the active role played by the U.A.E.'s donor institutions and authorities.
Her remarks were made in a speech as the chairperson of a high-level panel discussion of the relationship between the U.A.E.'s aid programme and the Millennium Development Goals, with the participation of representatives of a number of humanitarian organisations and Emirati donor institutions.
The Minister expressed deep appreciation for the vital role played by the U.A.E.'s donors and humanitarian organisations, confirming the continuation of the cooperation and partnership approach to formulating the nation's unified vision to integrate and improve the country's contributions towards supporting the international community in achieving its development goals and to link the objectives of the U.A.E.'s aid sector with global goals.
Sheikha Lubna noted that the United Nations Millennium Summit, held in New York in 2000, unanimously approved a common vision to rid the world of poverty by the end of 2015, which contributed to the elaboration of the Millennium Development Goals.
She added that over the last 15 years, significant progress on the Millennium Development Goals has been achieved in various fields.
Sheikha Lubna stressed the importance of the panel discussion in addressing the U.A.E.'s contributions to foreign aid and how the country's previous projects fit the agenda of the Millennium Development Goals as well as the roadmap of the post-2015 UN Development Agenda, noting its impact on the formulation of the U.A.E.'s aid programme for the next 15 years.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Tariq Ahmed Al Hidan, Assistant Foreign Minister for International Organisation Affairs, Hazza Al Qahtani, Under-Secretary of MICAD and Najla Al Kaabi, Assistant Under-Secretary for International Cooperation.
It was also attended by Ahmed Shabib Al Dhahiri, Director-General of the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Humaid Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Emirates Red Crescent, and a number of representatives of humanitarian agencies and institutions. - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395272330948.html
Lubna, Panamanian Vice-President discuss stronger partnership on international development
posted on 13/11/2014
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, Head of the U.A.E. Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, and President of Zayed University, on Wednesday received the visiting Vice-President and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Panama, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, at the university in Abu Dhabi.
During their meeting, the two sides discussed the cooperation relations and partnership between the U.A.E. and Panama on international development.
In her remarks at the meeting, Sheikha Lubna reiterated the U.A.E.'s keen interest in enhancing its relations with Panama and exploring mutually beneficial opportunities.
She also noted the importance of creating a common vision to enhance the mechanisms of international development.
Sheikha Lubna also hailed the Panama government's efforts to develop the country's economy and accelerate development rates, in the area of human development in particular.
On her part, Ms Alvarado stressed that Panama looks forward to promoting its relations and partnership with the U.A.E. which, she noted, has achieved a notable stature in the Middle East region, is seeing growth at increasing rates in all development sectors, and is now at the forefront of international development helping developing countries to elevate their standards of living.
The Panamanian senior official also noted that the U.A.E. managed to strike a balance between national development and international development.
Hazza Al Qahtani, Under Secretary of the U.A.E. Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (Micad), and Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Assistant Under Secretary of Micad for International Development, attended the meeting. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395272361045.html
Palestinian President commends U.A.E.'s assistance to Palestinian people, just cause
posted on 10/11/2014
RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has commended the firm position of the U.A.E. towards the Palestinian people and the Palestine cause.
He added that the U.A.E.'s support to the just Palestinian cause has remained consistent.
President Abbas made the remark yesterday afternoon here, while receiving Ahmed Juma Al Za'abi, U.A.E. Deputy Minister for Presidential Affairs, Deputy Chairman of the Khalifa Foundation, and the delegation accompanying him.
He noted that the U.A.E. tops the countries that back the Palestinian issue, citing the unwavering support of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan to the Palestinian people, a legacy sustained by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
President Abbas said the opening of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Al Azaria, near Jerusalem, reiterates the U.A.E.'s support to Jerusalem and its Arab character. "It is a model for Emirati giving to the Palestinian people." He noted that each Palestinian senses the U.A.E.'s help through the development programme in terms of schools, Mosques and hospitals in the Palestinian territories, adding that the U.A.E. charitable bodies have an impact in Palestine.
On his part, Al Zaabi conveyed the regards of the U.A.E. President to the Palestinian President, adding that the opening of the Sheikh Khalifa Mosque in Jerusalem today "cherishes U.A.E.'s support to Palestinians in all fields." The aim behind building the Mosque, he continued, is not only to pray but to assert the need of construction in Palestinian territory. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –
Khalifa bin Zayed Mosque in Jerusalem is ready to welcome worshippers
posted on 09/11/2014
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Preparations are in full swing for the grand official opening today of the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Mosque at the Aizariya area in the eastern suburb of Jerusalem, which will be the biggest mosque in Palestine after Al Aqsa Mosque.
The six-floor iconic mosque is funded and overseen by the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, and it is considered to be the largest mosque built in Palestine in terms of size and capacity after the Al Aqsa Mosque. Stretching 6000 square metres, the religious project is part of many U.A.E. vital projects in Palestine in general and in the occupied Jerusalem in particular, which also cover aid programmes, building schools, homes, hospitals, women's centres, orphans and special needs shelters and other development projects for the benefit of the Palestinian people.
Sheikh Yusouf Daibes, Palestinian Minister of Endowments, said the grand mosque, named after U.A.E. President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had been the focal point of the Palestinian official and popular circles, being a signature landmark reflecting the U.A.E.'s assistant and support for the Palestinian people.
'The holy city of Jerusalem has been and is still receiving unprecedented care from the U.A.E. since the era of the late founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and then his successor President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa. The U.A.E. is implementing many developmental, humanitarian and charitable projects in the holy city in support of its people,' he added.
Adnan Al-Husseini, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, said the construction of the Sheikh Khalifa mosque revives hopes that the Islamic Nation was striving to protect its holy shrines from Judaisation and demolition.
He noted that the location of the mosques would make its easily accessible to more than 100,000 Palestinians living in the surrounding towns and villages.
Engineer Samir Qirsh of the contracting company said the mosque is built on a large area of land which is located on a hill underpinning the construction and overlooking the main sectors of Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque. Its two minarets rise to a height of 75 metres so that the eastern walls of Al Aqsa mosque are seen.
He added that the Sheikh Khalifa mosque was designed to accommodate 6,000 worshipers (men and women) on its first and second floors. The first floor is for males and can accommodate 4,000 worshippers while the second floor is for women and accommodates 2000 worshippers.
The area for men is 1,650 square metres while the second floor for women covers an area of 1,000 square metres. The grand mosque has two entrances for men, one to the east and another to the west, while the women's entrance is separate.
The mosque houses a centre for memorisation of the Holy Quran, a public Islamic library and will have a health centre affiliated the Maqasid Charitable Hospital in Jerusalem in the future. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –
Lubna Al Qasimi, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister discusses cooperating on international development
posted on 06/11/2014
Sheikha Lubna bint Khaled Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development and Head of the UAE National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid, received in her Office yesterday, Ms. Kori Udovicki, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration of Serbia, and her accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), in Abu Dhabi, the two sides discussed ways of developing partnerships and cooperation between the UAE and Serbia in international development, and explored major humanitarian issues, global developments, and the international efforts exerted in response to these issues.
During the meeting, Sheikha Lubna asserted the UAE's keenness on enhancing various mechanisms and channels of partnership with the Republic of Serbia in all fields, especially with relation to humanitarian and development themes, in addition to exploring mutual cooperation opportunities for boosting efforts of international development, enhancing the mechanisms of effective responses to humanitarian crises, and exchanging views and experiences between the two countries.
In addition, Sheikha Lubna affirmed that the UAE is working on supporting development efforts in Serbia based on the strong and mutual relationships between the two countries.
Kori Udovicki affirmed Serbia's keenness on enhancing cooperation with the UAE, which she said is witnessing accelerating indicators of success and development on all national levels, in addition to the UAE's regional and international elevated status.
She also commended the UAE's efforts in the social and economic development of Serbia, especially the active role of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and UAE investments for supporting the Serbian economy and development plans.
The meeting was attended by Hazza Al Qahtani, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –
Lubna stresses U.A.E.'s commitment to support Syrian refugees
posted on 29/10/2014
BERLIN: Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) and Head of U.A.E. National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid, has affirmed U.A.E.'s commitment to provide support and alleviate the sufferings of the Syrian refugees.
Sheikha Lubna, who made the remarks during her participation in the "Berlin Conference on the Syrian Refugee Situation – Supporting Stability in the Region", said that the U.A.E., through its humanitarian foundations and UN competent agencies, has provided Dh 378 million in 2014 for 856 Palestinians and displaced Syrians in Syria.
In her statement, Sheikha Lubna pointed out that the U.A.E. aid was diversified and included the provision of food security, health care, water supplies and sewerage projects, education and shelters for the advantage of around 420,000 Syrian refugees at Al Zaartari and Azraq Refugees Camps in Jordan.
She added that the U.A.E has constructed the joint Emirati-Jordanian Refugee Camp in Marjeeb Al Fahood, in Jordan, which accommodates over 5,000 Syrian refugees and has recently completed its expansion to receive 10,000 refugees.
She also added that the U.A.E. has also established the U.A.E. field hospital at Marfraq Area, Jordan which was constructed in August 2012 and can provide medical service to over 8,000 persons in a daily basis.
The Minister also warned against dire conditions endured by the Syrian refugees which represent a crisis at the regional and international arenas. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
Mansour bin Zayed donates Dh1million for Children's Cancer patients in Egypt
posted on 27/10/2014
H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, gave a boost to the noble goals of the Zayed Charity Marathon in Cairo by donating Dh1 million for children affected with cancer. Currently, there are 8,000 such patients.
The third stage of the Marathon will be held in as per the directives of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces.
The Marathon also coincides with the U.A.E.'s 43rd National Day anniversary and the proceeds will go towards the Children's Cancer Hospital, Egypt, the CCHE 57357.
The Higher Organising Committee of the Marathon, is headed by Lt. Gen. (retired) Mohammed Hilal Al Kaabi, Second Deputy Chairman of the National Olympic Committee, and works in coordination with the U.A.E. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt's Ministry of Youth And Sports and Directorate of Children's Cancer Hospital in Egypt.
Sheikh Mansour's donation comes as part of the generous support of the U.A.E.'s Sheikhs for charitable and humanitarian initiatives and the U.A.E.'s support to the needy victims of disasters and crises.
The country also provided all sorts of support to various Arab and global issues and problems, as this is a legacy of the Founder of the Union, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the wise vision and far-sighted directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who takes a keen interest in reinforcing the U.A.E.'s charitable message and its permanent initiatives to benefit the underprivileged segments across the world.
It also comes as part of the continuous support and the directives of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, who has directed that such charitable donations must continue on the side-lines of sports events to achieve peace and love. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
U.A.E. vaccinates more than 13 million children against polio in Pakistan: U.A.E. PAP
posted on 26/10/2014
ISLAM ABAD: The U.A.E. vaccinated more than 13.2 million children in Pakistan against polio between June and September 2014 as part of a campaign set up following directives from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on an initiative by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of U.A.E. Armed Forces. The effort is part of the U.A.E. government's 2013 pledge of Dh440 million to support global efforts in eradicating polio by 2018, with a specific contribution towards Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to the U.A.E. Pakistan Assistance Programme, U.A.E. PAP, in its announcement of the final results of the massive immunisation drive.
During the U.A.E.'s four-month effort to combat the deadly infectious disease, 13,238,701 Pakistani children were vaccinated, of whom10,235,995 were in 25 areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and 3,447,706 in the tribal regions, said Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, Director of the U.A.E PAP, adding that the campaign was carried out on schedule and accompanied by an educational campaign about the disease.
As of 22 October 2014, Pakistan reported 210 cases of paralysis caused by wild poliovirus in 2014. This is the highest number of cases on record through October in any year, and accounts for more than 85% of all cases worldwide, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership led by national governments and spearheaded by the World Health Organisation, WHO, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, and the United Nations Children's Fund, Unicef, and other agencies.
In September alone, more than 5.2 million children were vaccinated against the disease in 11 areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and some 2.4 million children in the tribal regions, noted Al Ghafli.
U.A.E. PAP carried out the massive immunisation drive in cooperation with the Pakistan army and ministry of health, the World Health Organisation, W.H.O, and regional governments.
Programme officials said that between 7-19 June, nearly five thousand teams worked intensively in nine areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and in 12 areas in tribal regions, to vaccinate more than two and a half million children under five years old against polio at health centres in local communities and using mobile units which travelled to remote areas.
On 24th April 2013, one day ahead of the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan pledged a donation of Dh440 million to support global efforts to eradicate polio by 2018.
As he announced the pledge, H.H. Sheikh Mohammad said, "Saving generations of children from preventable diseases is a humanitarian initiative that can only be achieved through global collaboration. Under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the U.A.E. strives to engage in global partnerships that solve these significant international issues." Al Ghafli, Director of the U.A.E. Pakistan Assistance Programme, said the polio vaccination campaign further recognises U.A.E.'s humanitarian efforts under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and proves that the country's initiatives to assist poor countries facing serious humanitarian conditions contribute to the effective building and development of communities for a brighter future.
He described the campaign as an "exceptional success", not least since remote areas pose a large challenge for the effort to erase polio in Pakistan – 95 per cent of the country's polio cases in the past six months were reported in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region. "All previous local and international polio vaccination campaigns failed to reach these areas," he added.
Al Ghafli noted that the ongoing U.A.E. polio campaign has overcome geography, which posed a serious challenge, as all previous local and international polio vaccination campaigns failed to reach these areas, which accounted for 95% of Pakistan's polio cases in the past six months, resulting in the wider spreading of the disease into other areas.
Al Ghafli also noted that sound planning and well-organised implementation were instrumental in the success of the campaign, which received a wide response from the local communities and regional governments who reiterated their confidence in U.A.E. and the humanitarian initiatives launched by its leadership for the good of their children.
The local residents of the targeted Pakistani areas, who expressed their thanks and appreciation for all the efforts of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, described the polio campaign as a welcome initiative by a Muslim and friendly country to vaccinate their children.
Ala Alwan, World Health Organisation Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, said, "The U.A.E.'s support for the polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan, following directives from its wise leaders and the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, stands out as a model for solidarity that should prevail in the international community in the field of combating diseases and epidemics that know no geographic borders and indiscriminately hit all people alike.
The W.H.O. official thanked U.A.E. for its generous initiative and said he was looking forward to seeing it expand into other affected regions and attract other countries to join these humanitarian efforts for a better future and provide healthier lives for children. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
Lubna Al Qasimi affirms UAE's commitment to UN resolutions
posted on 24/10/2014
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), has affirmed the U.A.E.'s commitment to various United Nations resolutions, and reiterated the nation's quest to forge partnerships and coordinate actively with organisations affiliated to the UN.
In a speech marking United Nations Day, which falls tomorrow, Sheikha Lubna said that the partnership, which has seen the U.A.E. building bridges with the UN for humanitarian and development causes, strengthens the U.A.E.'s efforts as a major donor for development and humanitarian assistance, and has put the U.A.E. among the ranks of countries which respond to humanitarian crises in various parts of the world.
On the 24th of October each year, the world celebrates United Nations Day, which, since its inception in 1945, has always sent a message of peace aimed at uniting the states, the governments and the peoples on many issues affecting peace and global stability.
Sheikha Lubna stressed that the multiplicity and diversity of partnership agreements guide the U.A.E. for aiding developing countries, poor communities and areas that experience disasters. It makes it possible to provide assistance to institutions, agencies and programmes affiliated to the UN. Such partnerships also contribute towards expediting such aid and enhancing our ability to deliver it to targeted recipients.
Sheikha Lubna said, "We in the U.A.E., which joined the UN in 1971, the year the country was established, recognise the importance of the active and vital role played by the UN organisation based on the faith of our wise leadership in the UN Charter and International norms. We are aware of the importance of achieving more cohesiveness and deepening the global partnership to find effective solutions to the issues and risks facing our world.
"As we recall the tremendous efforts and achievements made, thanks to the partnership between the international community and the United Nations, we look forward to a better future for unified efforts and perspectives in order to confront the problems and threats that affect our safety and security, as well as the stability of humanity," Sheikha Lubna added. - Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395271319490.html