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Noor Dubai visits Carter Centre
posted on 27/04/2015

A delegation from Noor Dubai Foundation, led by chairman Essa Al Maidoor, has visited The Carter Centre, a non-profit group in the US.
Jimmy Carter, former US president and the centre's chairman, welcomed the delegation and presented a report on the progress of the trachoma elimination programme being conducted by the foundation and the centre in Ethiopia.
The three-year programme was initiated in January last year to eliminate the eye infection from the Amhara region, the part of the country where it is considered most prevalent. – The National - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/noor-dubai-visits-carter-centre

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Abu Dhabi film plays its part to help Pakistan eradicate polio
posted on 25/04/2015

World Immunization Week 2015 launched yesterday with a special event featuring the documentary, Every Last Child, a film about Polio in Pakistan. The special event, organized by the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO), included a High-Level Panel Discussion.
Every Last Child, produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi and directed by the award-winning filmmaker Tom Roberts, tells the dramatic story of five people impacted by Polio. It shows the terrible consequences of the disease and pays tribute to the vaccinators who pursue their mission in the face of mistrust, cynicism and violence.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili, Chairman of Health Authority Abu Dhabi and member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, stressed on the achievements accomplished by the UAE Pakistan Assistance Program: " In 2013 we managed, through this program to vaccinate more than 8 million children thanks to the amazing mobilization of the local population, this campaign " he added "was pursued in 2014, and succeeded in immunizing 13.2 million children in 4 months only and distributing 28.8 million vaccines since the beginning of this year."
Acting permanent representative of Pakistan, Aamar Aftab Qureishi declared that Polio eradication is a priority for the Pakistani government adding "the UAE PAP program is testament to the strong, brotherly ties between Pakistan and UAE."
Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization, commented on the notable improvements in Pakistan's Polio eradication program and underlined how important it is for the international community to support Pakistan: "What happens in this country determines whether the global Polio Eradication Initiative succeeds or fails, whether the billions of dollars invested to date deliver a polio-free world or count for nothing."
Four billion dollars were pledged two years ago in Abu Dhabi during the Global Vaccine Summit. H.E. Obaid Salem Al Zaabi Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations reminded the audience that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched at the Summit hosted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, in partnership with United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This commitment remains strong today, in 2015, as GPEI continues its work towards the final push, to rid the world of Polio.
Tom Roberts explained that the disease will inevitably and quickly spread if it is not eradicated "the job is almost done," he said " but almost isn't good enough". A message also stressed by Judith Diment Chair of the Rotary Polio Eradication Advocacy Task. She explained the importance of the international global effort in raising the awareness of governments around the world on the necessity of eradicating Polio.
- In conclusion, Mugheer Al Khaili reiterated the UAE's commitment to eradicate Polio as part of his country's international humanitarian policy. He mentioned the various initiatives undertaken to raise awareness at home and abroad. One of which is taking place on the occasion of World Immunization Week. For three consecutive days Every Last Child can be viewed for free in a number of cinemas in the UAE. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395279682170.html

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Sultan Al Jaber visits New Suez Canal
posted on 24/04/2015

ISMAILIA: Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of the Coordination Office of the UAE-funded Development Projects in Egypt has visited the new Suez Canal.
He was briefed on the on-going digging work in the canal and the latest developments in the dredging marine scheme.
Dr. Al Jaber was accompanied by Vice Admiral Mohab Mamish, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, Major General Yassin Tahir, Governor of the Egyptian Governorate of Ismailia and other officials.
On the occasion, Dr. Al Jaber conveyed the greetings of the UAE leadership to brothers in Egypt. He hailed the vision of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt, who launched the New Suez Canal as well as the staff working on the project.
""I wish to express my appreciation to all the operating companies and individuals in the project, especially the UAE National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) which works in close coordination with the Egyptian Suez Canal Authority and receives unlimited support. I also extend my thanks to the Egyptian Armed Forces for the efforts provided towards the projects." Al Jaber said.
The UAE Minister of State congratulated the Egyptian people on the completion of a huge phase of this vital project.
He said, "The project will be the gift from Egypt to the whole world thanks to its positive results on marine movement, since it would contribute to promoting trade and sustainable economic growth by increasing the new canal's capacity along with its revenues." - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395279657754.html

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YouAE Connect: Knitting global benevolence
posted on 21/04/2015

A UAE paper has said that charity, no doubt, begins at home. However, when the term extends to encompass the entire global community in the form of strategic philanthropy, the results sparkle.
"The UAE has accurately recognised this aspect and hence it is that the young nation now stands tall as the most generous in the world," said The Gulf Today in an editorial on Monday.
The country has ranked world's No.1 in foreign aid for the second consecutive year in 2014. The official development aid provided by the country hit Dh18 billion, which formed 1.17 percent of gross national income.
While several individuals and organisations play a major role in pushing the noble mission forward and deserve praise in equal measure, some stand out for their distinctive role of nurturing Emirati volunteers to deal with global needs.
The YouAE Connect is one such commendable programme launched by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation to support emerging Emirati leaders in different fields.
The Foundation uses the strategic or outcomes-driven approach to philanthropy which is the method taken by the world's leading innovators in philanthropy, pioneered a century ago by John D. Rockefeller and still in development by those such as the Gates Foundation and the Clinton Foundation.
The foundation recently gave a group of young Emirati women an opportunity to gain insight into the complex challenges in the field of international development by visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand and volunteering at various philanthropic foundations, NGOs, and social enterprises.
The trip helped the participants feel the pulse of the deprived on foreign land. One volunteer confessed how the trip challenged her pre-conceived notions on international development and made her realise the role not only as representative of her own country, but also of the global world at large.
It dawned on the volunteer that while charity solves temporary issues, strategic philanthropy focused on solving the root causes of social problems. Charity creates a system of dependency, but strategic philanthropy allows the beneficiaries to create their own sources of income, the YouAE Connect volunteer inferred.
"The experience proved to be so valuable that the volunteer, in her own words, developed an absolutely new perspective on aid," the paper added.
The path of benevolence in the UAE has effectively been laid down by the founding father of the nation, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. To this day, his generous legacy has been kept alive, crossing all borders and barriers to touch the hearts of people in almost every country.
"If the words kindness and Emirati are considered as synonyms, now one well knows the reason. The YouAE Connect effort is yet another step which consolidates that belief," concluded the Sharjah-based daily. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395279475867.html

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UAE polio campaign vaccinates millions of Pakistani children
posted on 19/04/2015

ISLAMABAD: The UAE has immunised millions of Pakistani children with than 44 million polio vaccines in the first three months of 2015 as part of the Emirates Polio Campaign launched under directives from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on an initiative by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces.
The UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE-PAP) said total of 15,278,016 polio vaccine doses were given to Pakistani children aged under five years in March in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan, Sindh and the tribal provinces. In February, children in these regions were given 14,977,824 additional doses of the vaccine in February, while in January, 13,826,386 doses were administered.
The UAE-PAP polio campaign used more than 10,000 teams using healthcare centres and mobile units for remote villages, refugee camps and border areas.
The UAE-PAP administration said that the polio vaccination campaign is being carried out on schedule with the fourth dose expected to be completed this month.
The second phase of the "Emirates Polio Campaign" in Pakistan, targeting 17 million children in 53 areas with around 51 million vaccination doses under the slogan, "A Healthy and Bright Future for All". – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395279404017.html

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Lubna: UAE backs international efforts to eradicate chronic, contagious diseases
posted on 19/04/2015

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) and Head of the UAE Committee for Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, the wise leadership of the UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, supports efforts being made by the international community to eradicate chronic and communicable diseases and epidemics.
Commenting on yesterday's announcement by the UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE-PAP) that it had immunised 44 million children in Pakistan with polio vaccines in the first three months of 2015, Sheikha Lubna said the UAE's health campaign reflected its tireless efforts to eradicate polio in countries plagued badly by the life-threatening disease, particularly in Pakistan.
The campaign is part of the Emirates Polio Campaign launched under the directives of President Sheikh Khalifa on an initiative by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.
The minister hailed the honourable role being played by the UAE-PAP's work team to deliver vaccines to the targeted children. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395279428121.html

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Khalifa Foundation provides medical supplies to Dar Al-Shifa hospital in Lebanon
posted on 15/04/2015

The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, in cooperation with the UAE Embassy in Beirut, has provided drugs and medical supplies to Dar Al-Shifa hospital in northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, to support Lebanese and Syrian patients.
An official source at the Khalifa Foundation said that the new medical assistance to Lebanon falls within the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Speaking to Emirates News Agency, WAM, the source said that the foundation had contributed to the establishment of a number of the hospital's sections, where thousands of the Lebanese and Syrians patients received treatment. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395279255068.html

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Khalifa Foundation sponsors mass wedding of 400 Palestinians in Gaza Strip
posted on 13/04/2015

GAZA: Under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Humanitarian Foundation, the foundation has sponsored the mass wedding of 400 Palestinian brides and grooms in the Gaza Strip.
An official source at the Khalifa Foundation said that the wedding, which was held under the title, "Gaza rejoice" in the west of Gaza, is considered as the largest mass wedding in the Strip, pointing out that thousands of Palestinian citizens expressed their happiness and joy at this important event, especially as it is came in difficult circumstances as experienced in the Palestinian territories.
The grooms expressed their joy in this great event and praised the UAE's assistance which came under the guidance of the wise leadership of the UAE that has enabled many of them to achieve their wishes. Their parents also have expressed their thanks and appreciation for the UAE and to the Khalifa Foundation and expressed their deep happiness to marry their sons and daughters in this mass wedding.
The ceremony was attended by a number of dignitaries and media representatives. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395279160387.html

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UAE, Scotland explore joint co-operation in international development
posted on 11/04/2015

The UAE and Scotland have explored mechanisms to boost joint co-operation and exchange of expertise in areas of international co-operation, sustainable development and response to humanitarian crises.
Najla Al Kaabi, Assistant Undersecretary for International Cooperation, Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), has met Humza Yousaf, Scottish Minister for Europe and International Development, to discuss current topics of concern regarding international development and world efforts to draw the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post 2015 Agenda.
Discussions also covered the UAE's initiatives in international humanitarian work, particularly its prompt response to the humanitarian crisis inside Syria and neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395279116919.html

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UAE pledges Dh367m for humanitarian assistance in Syria through UAE humanitarian agencies
posted on 01/04/2015

KUWAIT: The UAE has announced that it will provide an additional Dh367 million(US$100 million) in aid to support humanitarian relief in response to the crisis in Syria.
The announcement was made yesterday by Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development and Head of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, in her statement during the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, which opened yesterday in Kuwait with the participation of representatives of countries and organisations supporting the humanitarian situation in Syria.
Sheikha Lubna extended thanks to the Government and people of Kuwait under the wise leadership of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, 'Leader of Humanity," to host the conference, stressing the UAE's appreciation of the pioneering role of Kuwait in the humanitarian field, especially in the Syrian crisis as well as its efforts in organising the first and second Pledging Conferences for the Syrian people in the last two years.
She also indicated the UAE's rapid response in the light of the directives of the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to provide support and humanitarian assistance for the Syrian internally displaced persons (IDPs) as well as the Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries.
Sheikha Lubna, on this occasion, stated that the UAE's leadership deals with the issue of Syria and that it has honoured its pledges announced in the two previous editions of the International Humanitarian Pledging for Syria with a total of US$360 million in support.
Sheikha Lubna indicated the key role played by the UAE in response to the international humanitarian challenges to support Syrian IDPs and Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries. The UAE humanitarian assistance for the affected Syrians from 2012 till the end of 2014 stood at over Dh1.4 billion (US$365 million).
Sheikha Lubna said that in the framework of its response to support the affected Syrians and under the umbrella of the Third International Pledging Conference for Syrian People, the country announces provision of an extra support for 2015 to the tune of Dh367 million (US$100 million) through direct implementation and as part of the role played by UAE humanitarian agencies in the light of the country's efforts to strive to provide better living standard for the suffering Syrians.
The UAE delegation to the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria included Dr. Tariq Al Hidan, assistant Foreign Minister for International Organisations Affairs; the UAE's Ambassador to Kuwait, Hussein bin Rahma Al Zaabi, and other senior officials.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and heads of international organisations participated in the conference. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395278732500.html

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Lubna Al Qasimi discusses cooperation between UAE and Netherlands
posted on 31/03/2015

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, MICAD, and Head of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, has reaffirmed that the efforts of the UAE under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to support the aspirations of the peoples of developing countries to respond to the victims of humanitarian crises, have become important work for all humanitarian organisations and UAE donors.
During her meeting with Lilianne Ploumen, Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sheikha Lubna said there is an urgent need to promote the development indications in the world that enhance human development and support the capacity of individuals in developing countries and poor communities through directing aid mainly in the fields of education, health and basic services, as well as strengthening the international response to humanitarian crises and disasters.
Al Qasimi commended the relations between the UAE and the Netherlands in various fields of partnership, particularly at the level of mutual cooperation, and their identical views towards the support of international development issues and to respond to the humanitarian crises, as well as supporting international community efforts in this regard, to enhance the pace of development and to provide an umbrella for those homeless affected by conflicts and natural disasters and to support the humanitarian response to the risk of the spread of diseases in various countries that lack the elements of health care.
The meeting covered aspects of cooperation and promoting joint action as well as the exchange of experiences and cadres in the fields of international development. The meeting also reviewed important issues on international development and the humanitarian arena.
The Netherlands Minister praised the UAE's efforts and contributions in the fields of international development, and its support for the ability of developing nations to achieve at the same time a leading advanced indicators leading in terms of economic development and the development of civilisation, and the opening to the foreign world, thus strengthened its position in the Middle East. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395278660176.html

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Jimmy Carter hails Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian & Scientific Foundation
posted on 30/03/2015

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to the UAE President and Chief Patron of the Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian & Scientific Foundation (SBKF), has received the former US President, Jimmy Carter, and his wife Rosalynn Carter, at his Palace.
Upon their arrival, they were received by the wife of Dr. Sultan, Sheikha Sheikha bint Saif Al Nahyan, SBKF's Vice President, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and other members of the Board of Trustees.
During the meeting, Carter hailed Dr. Sheikh Sultan's interest, directives and relentless follow up to develop the best international relief programmes and programmes to serve the community in the fields of health and academia, as well as encourage scientific and medical research.
He also praised the discussions on issues of joint interest and the achievements of the foundation.
On her part, Sheikha Sheikha bin Saif Al Nahyan hailed the role played by the Carter Centre. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395278628470.html

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Lubna: DIHAD supports UAE's international humanitarian stature
posted on 28/03/2015

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) and Head of the National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid, on Thursday described the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD) as a big boost for the UAE's stature as an active humanitarian actor.
During her visit to the 12th edition of DIHAD (DIHAD2015), the minister said that it also proves that humanitarian action in the UAE has become a strong commitment and an integrated system through which the wise leadership, namely President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, extends support to the international community's humanitarian response to crises and disasters across the world.
She noted that the UAE harnessed its capabilities as a logistic hub for humanitarian supplies and operations between the East and the West through Dubai's International Humanitarian City (IHC).
During her tour to the venue of the conference, Sheikha Lubna met with heads of humanitarian agencies to discuss ways of bolstering humanitarian cooperation.
The Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) is showcasing its humanitarian efforts at DIHAD. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395278515709.html

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UAE-Norway Foreign Aid and Cooperation meeting
posted on 27/03/2015

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, MICAD, and Head of UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, has asserted the importance of enhancing the Emirati-Norwegian approach on supporting international development efforts and the joint vision of the two countries on fighting poverty, hunger and diseases in developing countries and poor communities, in addition to promoting the bilateral cooperation in humanitarian action, development and supporting the international organisations' efforts.
She made her comments yesterday at the opening of the UAE-Norway Foreign Aid and Cooperation meeting, on the sidelines of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD). The meeting jointly organised by the MICAD and Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi aims to put the foundation for a mutual partnership, enhancing the cooperation and exchanging the experience in international development, with the participation of representatives of UAE donors and humanitarian organisations and their counterparts in the Norwegian side.
Sheikha Lubna added: "We want to focus on building relationships that help in laying a strong foundation for cooperation, information exchange, sharing the knowledge and mutual learning, which in return contribute in improving the lives of other people in many places in the world, especially in developing countries."
She also praised Norway's efforts and record in supporting international development using the best practices, transparency, enhancing the ability to join a multilateral global system, developing the technical capabilities in areas of international development, aid provision and enhancing the effectiveness of the outputs or the delivered aid.
During her opening speech, the minister reviewed MICAD's efforts since its establishment in 2013 for promoting the UAE foreign aid policy and UAE's achievement of the ODA/GNI percentage of 1.34%, following the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. In addition to UAE's membership in the Development Aid Committee (DAC) in 2014, and the establishment of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid.
She also affirmed, "Based on the positive developments, under the directives and vision of our Leadership, UAE recognises the importance of enhancing the effectiveness, exploring the opportunities that come through partnering with active international donor countries," Moreover, "UAE is aware that the goal is not to be the largest donor country, rather it's about how to deliver our aid to others in a way that enhances quality and effectiveness."
She called on to seize the opportunity of this first meeting to lay the foundation to promote the UAE-Norway partnership and drive learned lessons from the long track record of achievements in foreign aid provision and practical practice of both UAE and Norway.
The meeting was attended by Sten Anders Berge, Ambassador of Norway in UAE, and Sultan Al Shamsi, Assistant Under-Secretary for International Development, MICAD.
Representatives from Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, Noor Dubai, Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Establishment, Dubai Care, Al Maktoum Foundation, Sharjah Charity, UAE Red Crescent, Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities, Ahmed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, Dubai Charity Association, Al Rahma Charity Association, Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Humanitarian and Charitable Foundation, International Humanitarian City, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and Ministry of Foreign Affairs also attended the meeting.
On the Norwegian side the meeting was attended by the representatives of Norwegian Refugees Council (NRC), Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), Norwegian People's Aid and NOREPS (Norwegian Emergency Preparedness System)/Innovation Norway. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395278491916.html

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IHC signs three partnerships at DIHAD 2015
posted on 27/03/2015

The International Humanitarian City, IHC, has signed three partnership agreements at DIHAD Conference and Exhibition 2015, aimed at contributing to the development of humanitarian action through the activation of local participation by individuals, institutions and businesses partnerships.
The agreements are signed with Dubai Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation, Group 32 and UPS to serve the humanitarian work.
IHC CEO, Shaima Al Zarooni said, "The IHC is proud of its strong partnership with DIHAD and we are keen to enrich the value of existing efforts by launching new and effective partnerships that serve the humanitarian work."
"Through the launch of these partnerships with government institutions, youth initiatives and commercial companies we shall coordinate efforts and standardisation in line with the objectives of the IHC's strategy 2015- 2021."
At the level of partnerships with local government departments, the IHC signed a partnership agreement with Dubai Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation to support global humanitarian projects, where the IHC reserved 500 square meters to be used for the storage of Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation food used in emergency response and enable cooperation to supply Awqaf meals to relief organisations such as the United Nations and other humanitarian organisations.
Local youth initiatives were part of the main partnerships launched at DIHAD and witnessed the partnership between the IHC and Group 32 Mercedes-Benz, to activate the engagement of local youth in order to support humanitarian projects, and utilise Group 32 vehicles to publicise the activities of IHC and its members through promoting its awareness campaigns at the local level.
In line with the IHC's mandate to become a training centre for local and international humanitarian workers and the existing partnership between the IHC, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) it has been agreed to include the jointly organised workshop on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and its applications to the annual activities. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395278488334.html

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MICAD, UNHCR discuss cooperation
posted on 26/03/2015

Hazza Mohammed Falah Al Qahtani, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, MICAD, has said that the Syrian refugees issue is representing a challenge and a concern to humanitarian organisations and has called on the international community to enhance responsiveness and address its repercussions, especially its impact on a large segment of the Syrian people.
He added, "This calls for the concerted international efforts and activation of intervention mechanisms, as well as common international efforts, praising the active and supportive role of UNHCR for Syrian refugees.
Al Qahtani gave his remarks while meeting with UNHCR's Middle East and North Africa Director and Regional Refugee Coordinator for Syria and Iraq, Amin Awad and his accompanying delegation on the side-lines of MICAD's participation in the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition, DIHAD 2015.
He also added that the UAE, under its prudent leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has become one of the top countries which supports refugees' issues through the UAE's humanitarian and donor organisations, and proves the country's commitment in this regard.
He also drew attention to the growing challenges facing the Middle East, as the region is experiencing a surge in immigration and mass displacement of a number of populations of those countries, as well as the growing rates of refugees as a result of the accelerating political tensions, stressing the need to launch initiatives in this concern.
Al-Qahtani reviewed the UAE's efforts in the field of supporting refugees' issues globally, particularly the Syrian refugees issue. He also tackled the mechanisms and joint cooperation channels between the UAE and UNHCR in the light of signed agreements as represented by the UAE's US$5 million donations for Syria as part of the country's second pledge during the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait, in 2014.
Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, MICAD Assistant Under-Secretary, attended the meeting. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395278432245.html

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Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan School in Kenya named best in Mombasa and Coast Province
posted on 23/03/2015

MOMBASA: The Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Secondary and Technical School has been chosen as the best school in Mombasa and the Coast Province among 4,000 other schools of the current academic year, according to a rating issued by Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs.
The accomplishment was achieved thanks to the massive efforts exerted by the school administration, faculty members and students. Over the past few years, the school has recorded a noticeable increase in excellence of its educational operations.
In a statement on the occasion, Mohammed Haji Al Khouri, Director-General of the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation, expressed his deepest greetings and congratulations to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Khalifa Foundation.
Suleiman Bwika, Principal of Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan School, expressed his pleasure at this accomplishment and attributed the success to the tireless efforts, hard work and dedication of all members of the school community. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395278278634.html

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UAE's foreign aid sends a message of peace and fraternity to the world, says Lubna Al Qasimi
posted on 20/03/2015

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) and Head of the UAE Committee for Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Aid, has said the UAE's humanitarian efforts send a message of peace and fraternity to the world, thanks to the wise vision of the leadership.
She added that President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, back the pillars of the global stability and peace among different nationalities and religions.
Observing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which falls on Saturday, Sheikha Lubna said that the UAE's foreign humanitarian aid would contribute towards development and curbing all forms of segregation, noting that those noble values had been instilled by the founder of the UAE, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
She further said that as the world marks this occasion, the UAE foreign aid would boost development in developing countries and poor communities through financing the education and health programme as well as creating more job opportunities to bridge social class and gender gaps.
Sheikha Fatima noted that the UAE had spent Dh200 million in 2013 to empower women in the conflict zones in line with its efforts to achieve the millennium goals for 2015.
She underlined that the UAE record in providing relief aid to refugees and displaced people highlights the country's prestigious status to alleviate the suffering of persecuted people irrespective of their categories, areas and regions. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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Abu Dhabi's Masdar, Morocco's ONEE partner to deliver electricity to 940 Moroccan remote villages
posted on 19/03/2015

CASABLANCA: Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, Masdar, and Morocco's Office National de l'Electricite et de l'Eau Potable (the national drinking water utility company), ONEE, have signed a partnership to design, supply and install 17,670 Solar Home Systems across 940 villages in the Kingdom of Morocco. When complete, the solar homes, along with broader electrification initiatives, will result in 99 percent of rural Morocco having access to energy by the end of 2017 – a critical resource that underpins economic development.
Dr. Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, UAE minister of state and chairman of Masdar, and Ali Fassi-Fihri, Director-General of ONEE, signed the agreement in Casablanca, Morocco.
"The UAE has longstanding bilateral ties with Morocco, and this project reflects our commitment to work together to enhance economic and social opportunity," said Al Jaber. "We look forward to working with our strategic partners to complete this project and demonstrate the positive impact of improving access to energy through solar power."
The project is funded through a grant by the Abu Dhabi government – reflecting the United Arab Emirates' strong bond and historic relationship with the Kingdom of Morocco.
Regarding the rural electrification project with Masdar, Ali Fassi-Fihri, director general of ONEE, said, "This project fits perfectly with the strategy of the Moroccan Government for the development of rural areas through the achievement of basic infrastructure.
"Rural electrification through Solar Home Systems is part of an ambitious programme launched by the Moroccan Government in 1996, which allowed access by connecting to the national grid more than 12 million people and equipped 51,559 homes with solar systems," said Ali Fassi-Fihri. "This effort has greatly contributed to improving the living conditions of rural populations, especially those concerned by the National Initiative for Human Development.
"The development of renewable energy is one of the most important economic policies of the government of Morocco," said Ali Fassi-Fihri. "In fact, the government is committed to securing 42 percent of nation's energy from renewable sources by 2020.Working closely with Masdar, we will electrify our rural communities, spur economic growth, create jobs and take an important step toward energy security."
The Solar Home Systems are being delivered by Masdar Special Projects – a division of Masdar Clean Energy – that has expertise in deploying renewable energy solutions to remote, rural communities, often under challenging conditions.
Masdar and ONEE will work closely to design, supply, install and commission the Solar Home Systems. For an initial two-year period, Masdar will provide maintenance and operational training, a responsibility which ONEE will take over and maintain.
Each Solar Home System consists of 290-watt solar panels, which charge two batteries with sufficient storage capacity for three days. To maximise the economic and social impact of the project, Masdar and ONEE will seek locally sourced materials and employ local contractors for the installation and maintenance of the solar systems.
Morocco is an early adopter of renewable energy. With ambitious clean-energy targets, and large solar and wind power potential, Morocco is one of the Middle East and North Africa's most promising markets. In fact, the government aims to install 2 gigawatts of solar energy by 2020, which will represent 14 percent of the country's total installed capacity.
"Today, Masdar is able to tailor and deliver renewable-energy solutions that satisfy the complex challenges of remote, rural locations," said Dr. Al Jaber. "From the Pacific to Africa, Masdar has a strong track record of integrating wind and solar projects that often have transformative, positive effects for the community."
Masdar's large-scale projects include London Array – the largest offshore wind farm in the world – and the Dudgeon wind farm, a 402-megawatt project underway in the United Kingdom. In the Middle East, Masdar is working to deliver the 117-megawatt Tafila onshore wind farm in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and a 50-megawatt wind farm in the Sultanate of Oman. Some of Masdar's small-scale projects include a 6-megawatt wind farm in the Republic of Seychelles, the delivery of 600 solar-home systems in Afghanistan and a 500-kilowatt solar photovoltaic power plant in the Kingdom of Tonga. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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ADFD plays leading role in supporting sustainable development in Egypt
posted on 18/03/2015

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, has supported the process of comprehensive and sustainable development in the Arab Republic of Egypt through the provision of loans and management of government grants aimed at building, development and support of key sectors in the country.
The historical ties between the UAE and Arab Republic of Egypt provides a strong springboard for further collaboration and interaction between the people of both countries at multiple levels and in various fields. Building on this outstanding relationship, ADFD seeks to support the inclusive development of Egypt through providing loans and managing government grants with a view to developing key sectors of the Egyptian economy.
ADFD's engagement in the development of Egypt dates back to 1974, when the Fund financed the Talkha Fertiliser Factory. Since then, Egypt has remained among the top countries that benefited from ADFD's loans.
To date, ADFD has funded and managed 17 projects in Egypt across sectors such as agriculture, housing, energy, transport, trade and industry, tourism, and social development at a total project outlay of Dh3.5 billion. This includes Dh2.056 billion in government grants allocated for seven projects managed by ADFD, as well as Dh1.442 billion loan allocated to finance 10 projects.
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Coordination Office of UAE-funded Development Projects in Egypt, said: "As a leading national institution, we are proud to partner with ADFD in implementing a number of development projects in Egypt under the directives of UAE leadership. These projects are testament to the historical relationship shared by the two countries at all levels."
Dr. Sultan added that the UAE-funded development projects in Egypt aim to promote economic and social development in the country through supporting its efforts to develop vital economic sectors and improving the living standards of ordinary Egyptian citizens.
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development said: "The strong bonds between the UAE and the Egypt are the result of continuous engagement between the two countries for many years in various fields. It provides a unique model for brotherly relations based on mutual respect and common objectives. The projects funded by ADFD in Egypt also articulate the depth of our historical relations, as well as the importance placed by ADFD on supporting Egypt in its steady march towards achieving sustainable development."
Al Suwaidi added: "At ADFD, we are proud to collaborate with friendly countries and contribute to achieving better living standards for the people of Egypt people through investing in development projects and creating job opportunities."
In line with its objectives of improving the living standards of people in Egypt, ADFD has financed and managed three vital housing projects and related infrastructure at a total investment outlay of Dh1.4 billion. Notable among these is the Dh735-million Sheikh Zayed Housing City Project, one of Egypt's largest residential developments.
The Fund has also developed the supporting infrastructure including public utilities, and water supply network for this project. Located 38 kilometres to the west of Cairo on the Cairo – Alexandria road and the Sixth of October City, the project includes the construction of the 200-bed Sheikh Zayed City hospital, which offers all medical specialties and equipment including a nuclear medicine therapy department.
Additionally, the project comprises two mosques, secondary schools for girls and boys, an industrial and trade secondary school, five primary schools and two centres affiliated to Al Azhar University.
The Fund has also managed a grant allocated to build 300 housing units for farmers in Al Khattara area along with the required infrastructure, including internal roads, water and electricity lines, a school, and an Dh12 million mosque. The project aims to develop the rural areas and reduce migration from countryside to cities through developing agriculture and livestock sectors, and providing a decent living standard for farmers based in Khattara area.
In the agricultural sector, ADFD has funded and managed five agricultural projects at a total project outlay of Dh1.3 billion including the West Nubaria land reclamation project. The Dh263 million reclamation project is aimed at developing the agricultural sector through the reclamation of 55,000 acres of land in the West of Nobaira and Northeastern Cost. The project provided a much-needed thrust to the agricultural sector reclaiming vast tracts of land to grow crops of high value, such as vegetables, fruits, cereals and cotton. The project also enabled the implementation of a high-scale reclamation program for farmers, while providing agricultural labourers with thousands of jobs.
The project included the purchase of land reclamation devices, state-of-the-art irrigation tools, components of electrical networks such as transformers needed to operate the project, construction of small pumping plants in some agricultural regions, extension of canals and piping for irrigation and providing the regions with advanced agricultural equipment, cables and insulators.
In its efforts towards tackling the global traffic congestion challenge and accelerating economic growth in Egypt, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development financed the Suez Canal Project. The financial breakdown across two years, 1974 and 1977, reached a total value of Dh205 million.
The project aimed to develop and expand the Suez Canal to increase international maritime movement. This goal was achieved by increasing the water level in the canal and through modernising and developing the communication infrastructure. In addition, the project contributed to increasing supervision equipment space, which allows a passage way for ships with a draft of 16.1 meters.
The Suez Canal enhancement enabled the channels to accommodate the new generation of large cargo ships as well as the huge oil and gas tankers, facilitating and transit cargo between oil producing and consuming countries and boosting the channel's income significantly.
The project included the associated civil works such as drilling and bridging for the expansion of the channel, the construction of breakwaters in Port Fuoad Area in the far northern part of the channel, along with the latest navigation unit control equipment systems and VMS radar devices.
Since its inception, ADFD has prioritised power projects in developing countries due to the vital role of electricity in stimulating economic and social growth as well as supporting commercial and industrial activities.
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development financed two projects worth Dh312 million in Egypt. A loan of Dh128 million was provided to finance Abi Quair Power Plant. This project is meant to secure power supply for factories and new facilities in the industrial zone of Abi Qair in Alexandria.
This project has contributed to increasing productivity in the industrial sector. It also included the establishment of a plant for generating electricity using vapour. The plant has two vapour turbines, with a capacity of 30 MW, in addition to two units for vapour generation using natural gas produced in the Abi Madi gas field in the Northern Delta. The project also included providing the plant with all necessary services.
The energy sector projects also included the establishment of the Banha Power Station valued at Dh184 million. The project aims to meet the growing demand for electricity and the increasing load in the centre of the Delta region. A generator plant was put in place with a capacity of about 750MW linked to the electricity grid in the country with 220kV and combined with a cycle system. The project consists of two gas turbines and two steam turbines with a capacity of 250MW each, two boilers to restore heat, three generators, and transformers. The project also includes all civil, mechanical and electrical work, as well as consultancy services and insurance.
The Fund is keen to provide all forms of support in developing the industrial sector in Egypt. ADFD financed the project in Talkha, worth a total of Dh58 million. The project primarily includes ammonia plants, urea plants and plants that provide support services, with the aim of achieving self-sufficiency in nitrogenous fertilisers.
The Talkha fertiliser plant has a perfect location near the Abu Madi field in the north of the Delta region, as it depends on the supply of natural gas - a basic substance in the production of urea.
The tourism sector is one of the most important drivers of economic development in countries. It generates foreign exchange, creates job opportunities for thousands of citizens and attracts local and foreign investment.
ADFD supported the Egyptian economy by offering a loan of Dh17 million to develop the tourism sector. Upgrading of hotels was a top priority for strengthening the status of Egypt as one of the leading and most popular touristic destinations in the world. The primary project carried out with the support of ADFD included the restoration and rehabilitation of the hotel named Omar Khayyam (now known as Marriott Zamalek), which overlooks the River Nile. This project provided a remarkable momentum to the growth and development of Egyptian tourism.
The project renovation included all 700 hotel bedrooms, internal and external halls and conference halls, recreational activities, as well as restoration and remodelling of roads and the hotel's garden.
ADFD's contributions to the social development sector in Egypt included the establishment of the Social Fund for Development Foundation. This project aimed to provide secondary loans to owners of small and medium-sized enterprises, towards creating new jobs in productive fields, for several thousand youth, university graduates and for those who had lost their jobs as a result of the implementation of the comprehensive economic reform program.
The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development financed the Social Fund for Development in two phases, the first in 1991 when it offered and facilitated a loan of Dh184 million and the second in 1997 when it offered a loan of Dh37 million. The two loans bolstered the active role played by the Social Fund for Development in backing the projects of graduate entrepreneurs as well as craftsmen.
Established in 1971, ADFD is a national organisation responsible for assisting developing countries through administering loans and direct grant aids on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government. The Fund aims to promote sustainable socio-economic development and private sector growth in target countries. Since its inception, ADFD has overseen the provision of Dh64 billion towards financing 428 development projects in 72 countries around the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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El-Sisi receives Abdullah bin Zayed on side-lines of Egypt Economic Development Conference
posted on 16/03/2015

SHARM El-SHEIKH: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi received yesterday H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, on the side-lines of 'Egypt Economic Development Conference', being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
President el-Sisi praised the benevolent positions taken by the UAE leadership and people in support of Egypt and the will of its people, citing the UAE's unwavering support to the Egyptian economy.
President el-Sisi thanked the UAE for the vital role it played in organising the conference and making it successful, referring to the wide participation of the UAE institutions and companies, and its eagerness to take part in the economic development of Egypt.
During the meeting, President el-Sisi and the UAE Foreign Minister discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries in various political, economic and developmental fields. They also exchanged views on ways to strengthen them to reach new horizons of greater cooperation and strategic coordination between the two countries in the best interest of both countries and peoples, especially in the light of the unfolding events in the region, which require concerted efforts to build effective and capable Arab strategy to address various challenges, particularly those related to the counter-terrorism and extremism.
Sheikh Abdullah reiterated during the meeting the position of the UAE in support of Egypt, politically and economically, noting that Egypt is a pillar of stability and safety valve in the Middle East, given its strategic and security weight in the region, a move he said, "doubles the importance of backing it in this defining moment."
The meeting was attended by Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian Foreign Minister. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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Abdullah bin Zayed visits pavilion of Coordination Office of the UAE-funded Development Projects in Egypt
posted on 16/03/2015

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, 16th March, 2015 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, has visited the pavilion of the Coordination Office of the UAE-funded Development Projects in Egypt, at the exhibition of the Egypt Economic Development Conference, entitled, "Egypt The Future", which is being held in Sharm El-Sheikh.
H.H. Sheikh Abdullah was accompanied by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and the head of the Coordinating Office who briefed H.H. about the office's work and the role that he has played in preparing for the conference. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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Masdar, ACWA Power, EEHC sign MoU to increase Egypt’s power generation
posted on 16/03/2015

SHARM EL-SHEIKH: Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of Masdar, Paddy Padmanathan, ACWA Power President and CEO, and Gaber Dessouky, Chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company, EEHC, have signed an MoU on the side-lines of the Egyptian Economic Cooperation Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh. The non-binding framework is aimed at increasing Egypt's power generation to meet its growing electricity demands and support economic growth.
Dr. Mohamed Shaker El-Markabi, Egypt's Minister of Electricity And Energy, said, "Egypt is committed to meeting our rising energy needs and encouraging economic growth by developing new power generation in our country. We appreciate the partnership of companies, such as Masdar, ACWA Power and EEHC, which will explore the development of new renewable energy and natural gas facilities to provide electricity for Egyptian homes and businesses."
Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multifaceted renewable energy company, would lead development of renewable energy projects. According to the MoU, the partners will evaluate 2 GW of renewable energy projects, including 1.5 GW of solar and 500 Megawatts of wind. The first project that would be considered is a 200 MW solar photovoltaic plant.
Dr. Belhoul said, "Egypt has one of the fastest growing populations in the Middle East and requires additional electricity to power its economic expansion. As a regional and global leader in delivering large-scale renewable energy projects, Masdar is eager to move forward with our partners to explore sustainable, economic options to improve Egypt's energy security. The significant contribution from renewable energy envisioned in this agreement further confirms the increasing cost-competitiveness of these solutions."
The framework agreement also calls for development of 2.2 GW of combined-cycle natural gas generation led by ACWA Power.
Mr. Padmanathan said, "Egypt is a very important market for us. The Egyptian government efforts in keeping pace with the increasing demand of power and energy to meet the expectations of its developing economy, is a key driver in looking into efficient energy solutions. Through this MoU, the partnership will look into potential opportunities of generating power more efficiently, utilising a broader mix of fuel resources and renewable energy sources, hence providing cutting edge technologies and a more cost competitive approach. Producing 4 Gigawatts of energy will not only sustain economic development but will also position Egypt as one of the globally leading countries in the field of renewable energy."
Egypt has made installing additional power generation capacity a priority, rolling out one of the Middle East and North African region's most ambitious renewable energy programmes as it seeks to meet surging domestic energy demand while curbing reliance on fossil fuel imports.
Mr Dessouky said, "We are pleased to partner with ACWA Power and Masdar to examine the development of new power plants in Egypt, including renewable energy and natural gas. Every day we work to ensure that Egyptians have the electricity they need, and at the same time we are looking at new projects to help provide the power for Egypt's future."
At the end of 2013, Egypt had 31 GW of total installed generating capacity, dominated by natural gas and oil. It had 552MW of wind and 20MW of solar generating capacity. The renewable component, including hydro, is projected to increase to 20% by 2020. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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Lubna Al Qasimi highlights success of UAE Vaccination Campaign in Pakistan
posted on 16/03/2015

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) and Head of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, said the UAE has become a pivotal country in protecting people from risks which threaten their existence, especially infectious diseases and epidemics, thanks to the UAE leadership.
She appreciated the directives of the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in this respect In her speech on the occasion of unveiling the results of the vaccination campaign implemented by the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan (UAE PAP) last January and February, she said that the UAE has responded positively to the risks of spread of diseases and epidemics, especially in poor communities and areas, which suffer from shortages of basic needs such as sophisticated medical equipment.
"The UAE has scored once more a new achievement in the light of its international commitments," the UAE Minister said, adding that this feat sends a message to the world that concerted international partnership is needed to address a number of important humanitarian issues.
Sheikha Lubna added that the campaigns, which follow the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to organise humanitarian and developmental aid, support the health sector, enhance preventive programmes in Pakistan, as well as the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to eradicate polio disease globally, succeeded in vaccination of more than 28 million Pakistani children against polio.
She also reiterated that the UAE's response to the victims of humanitarian crises, especially those related to the deadly and communicable diseases, has become a role model which keeps pace with its policy towards the world, and enhances its responsibilities towards the international community to alleviate suffering of the victims of such diseases.
Sheikha Lubna praised the role played by the UAE PAP'S teams in the light of the geographical, security and logistical challenges to reach the Pakistani children in all areas. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395277963774.html

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Global tribute to UAE and to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s efforts for polio eradication
posted on 15/03/2015

Bill Gates, Founder and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hailed in an article published in a number of Arab and International newspapers, the efforts of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to eradicate polio.
Bill Gates pointed to the generous donations made by the UAE to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation in 2012, where it has allocated US$33 million to immunise children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He also praised the contribution made by the UAE, under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for the generous donations to eradicate polio in Pakistan and other countries of the world, and what it has done tirelessly to fight misconceptions that limit the success of immunisation campaigns, which have resulted in the success of the efforts of the UAE's leadership in northern Pakistan, thanks to the close and long relations between the peoples of these two countries.
In his article entitled "Gulf Countries at the forefront in improving the lives of poor people", Gates touched on their future vision for the lives of people in poor countries, which is expected to improve at an accelerated and unprecedented pace in the next 15 years in the field of healthcare, the low mortality rate among children and the elimination of more of infectious diseases.
Gates also expressed his thanks and appreciation for the donations provided by governments and individuals in the Gulf Cooperation Council States (GCC) to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, which will save the lives of many children, and will prevent the suffering of a greater number of them in the future, which convinces them even more that this important region of the world can play a greater role in eliminating the diseases and preventing their spread, and upgrading the level of public health for the poorest peoples of the world.
He also praised the opportunity provided to them to work with many distinguished partners in the region, such as "Dubai Cares" and other generous institutions which proved to them that the governments and citizens of the GCC are now ready to contribute more to the upgrading of public health level internationally.
It is worth mentioning that as per the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE has provided humanitarian and development assistance to the people of Pakistan to eradicate polio, through an effort launched by the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, has donated Dh440 million (US$120 million), as his contribution to support the global efforts to eradicate polio by 2018, with a particular focus on Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In 2011, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a strategic partnership, during which they would provide a total amount of US$100 million dollars to be divided equally between the two parties for the purchase and delivery of vital vaccines for children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Emirates vaccination campaign against polio has succeeded in its first phase to immunise 13,283,701 Pakistani children through its campaigns that included 25 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and tribal areas in province Fatih, which are carried out during the months of June, July, August and September of 2014.
The second phase of the Emirates vaccination campaign was also launched in the beginning of this year in Pakistan, which included 53 areas, including 15 districts in the territory of the tribal areas of Fatih and 25 districts in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and 12 districts in the province of Baluchistan, as well as the Karachi area in Sindh province.
The vaccination teams gave three consecutive doses to 17 million children, or a total of 51 million doses, through the implementation of 282 fixed and mobile vaccination campaigns during the months of January, February, March and April of 2015. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395277894987.html

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