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UAE calls for global efforts to combat impunity for sexual violence during conflict

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The UAE has urged the international community to intensify efforts to combat impunity for sexual violence during conflict and reaffirmed its commitment to the UN’s ongoing efforts in addressing these heinous crimes.

Sustainable Communities and Climate Change Summit to convene on 22nd April

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Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Change Summit, SCCCS, will be organised by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MOCCAE, in partnership with the Dubai Land Department and Majid Al Futtaim, on 22nd April in Dubai.

UAE committed to a sustainable future, says Al-Zeyoudi

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Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, delivered a ministerial address at the Green Business Summit 2018, underlining the numerous sustainability initiatives and environmental programmes being developed and implemented in the UAE. He emphasised that the UAE is well aware of the future impact of climate change and is firmly committed to the Paris Agreement. He said that last year the UAE launched its National Climate Change Plan, at the heart of which is the target of generating 27 percent of the country’s energy from clean sources by 2021, and 50 percent by 2050.

MOCCAE launches smart use of plastics campaign

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The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MOCCAE, in collaboration with some public and private entities, has launched the 'Responsible Consumption for Sustainable Future' awareness campaign, with the theme, 'Preserving our Environment: Smart Use of Plastic'.

Etihad ESCO plans to reduce more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030

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More than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide will be reduced by 2030 and 1.7 TWh of electricity will be saved by the same year in Dubai, according to the new targets revealed by Dubai’s Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO).

UAE named world’s largest humanitarian donor for fifth straight year

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The UAE has been named the world's largest donor of development assistance in proportion to its gross national income for the fifth year running, according to the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development.

4th Islamic Economy Fiqh Forum to discuss impact of digital economy, fourth revolution on Muslims’ lifestyle

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The 4th Islamic Economy Fiqh Forum 2018 will highlight innovation and happiness in the Islamic lifestyle and impact of digital economy and fourth revolution on the Muslims' life, organisers said today.

EU, IOM advance strategic dialogue on migration challenges

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Senior officials from the European Union, EU, and the UN's International Organisation for Migration, IOM, discussed in a meeting on Wednesday in Brussels ways to strengthen cooperation on some of the most pressing European and global migration issues, including better protection of vulnerable migrants, the challenge of managing mixed migration flows, and the Global Compact for Migration.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority highlights media role in achieving sustainable development

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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has highlighted the key role that the media plays in highlighting environmentally-friendly practices that contribute to achieving sustainable development and the acceleration of the shift to a green economy.

Global game changers descend on Sharjah for International Government Communication Forum 2018

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Sean Spicer, former Whitehouse Press Secretary (2017), Nobel Peace Laureate Lech Walesa, former Polish President who played a leading role in the fall of communism in the Eastern Bloc, Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia are among the many modern history makers speaking at Sharjah’s International Government Communication Forum that opened Wednesday.

Jordan, Panama discuss regional and international developments

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King Abdullah of Jordan on Tuesday held talks with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela on relations between the two countries and the current regional and international developments.

Founder of ‘Good Country Index’ highlights how nations build strong reputation

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Simon Anholt, British policy advisor and founder of the ‘Good Country Index’, held a workshop on the sidelines of the International Government Communication Forum 2018, IGCF, highlighting the importance of a nation’s reputation and its impact on the country’s presence among advanced nations.

German delegation visits Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has received a German delegation, headed by Rainer Baake, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer model.

World Water Day highlights need for new thinking to ensure water security for all

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On the occasion of World Water Day, which is marked today, Alya Al Mazroui, Director of the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science, said that the day "is an opportunity for us to reflect on the crucial importance of water security and work together towards protecting this vital resource."

UAE reiterates support for UNRWA

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Dr. Maitha bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State, reiterated the UAE’s support for the efforts of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, UNRWA, to protect the rights and dignity of the Palestinian people.

World Happiness Report 2018 released

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This year Finland takes the top spot as the happiest country as measured by surveys undertaken by Gallup International from 2015-2017. Rounding out the rest of the top ten in order of overall happiness are Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and Australia. In addition, Finland’s immigrants are also the happiest immigrant population in the world, based on the available data from 117 countries.

UN-World Bank panel report calls for ‘fundamental shift’ in water management

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With 700 million people worldwide at risk of being displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030, water infrastructure investment must be at least doubled over the next five years, a panel set up by the United Nations and the World Bank recommended on Wednesday.

IRENA welcomes establishment of ISA as a platform to advance solar energy

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Today, on the occasion of the inaugural conference of the International Solar Alliance, ISA, the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, Adnan Z. Amin, and the Interim Director-General of ISA, Upendra Tripathy signed a Joint Declaration to deepen the cooperation between the two organisations to accelerate solar energy deployment.

“We can no longer accept discrimination of half of the world’s population,” says Chairman of Geneva Centre

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On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2018, celebrated on the 8th of March, the Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim has reiterated the importance of empowering and giving a voice to women worldwide so as to achieve gender equality.

Critical gap in education for refugee girls: UNHCR

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'Her Turn', a new report from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, reveals that refugee girls at secondary level are only half as likely to enrol in school as their male peers, even though girls make up half of the school-age refugee population.

UN official praises UAE humanitarian aid

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A UN official has commended the UAE’s humanitarian efforts and contributions to assuaging the suffering of crisis-stricken peoples around the world.

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