Middle East & North Africa

A New Low for Security Council as Russia Takes Syrian Human Rights Off the Table

There is nothing controversial about saying the UN Security Council has failed Syria.Diplomats have openly admitted it, journalists have written about it, human rights organizations have declared it - several times over in the past seven years. But what happened this week was deplorable and unacceptable, even by the very low standards we now have for the Council when it comes to Syria.

German delegation visits Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

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

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."

Asian & African Migrants Continue To Face Exploitation in Mideast

With more and more people living outside their country of origin, it is becoming increasingly clear that stronger legal parameters -- within and between nations --- are required to protect the most vulnerable of migrants from denial of access to fundamental rights.

Restoring U.S. Aid Crucial to Avoid a Water Catastrophe in Gaza

World Water Day (March 22) could not come at a more critical time for the people of Gaza who are facing a humanitarian catastrophe The recent decision by the United States to reduce funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), jeopardizes its role as a critical source of clean drinking water when Gaza’s supplies slow to a drip.

Is UN’s Ambitious Global Compact the Last Word on the Migrant Crisis?

As the death toll keeps mounting and the humanitarian crises continue unabated, the life of the average migrant or refugee has largely turned out to be an unmitigated nightmare.

UAE reiterates support for UNRWA

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.

Water Stress Poses Greatest Threat to MENA Region

This year, World Water Day, celebrated annually on 22 March, is themed “Nature for Water”, examining nature-based solutions (NBS) to the world’s water problems.

World Happiness Report 2018 released

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

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.

Merchants of Death Ultimate Winners in Escalating Military Conflicts

In most military conflicts worldwide, the ultimate winners are not one of the warring parties-- but the world’s prolific arms traders, described by peace activists as “merchants of death”.

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

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.

Want to Learn How to Save a Planet?

The agricultural sector in the Mediterranean Area is facing tough challenges and incredible opportunities at the same time: beyond a shadow of doubt, the farming sector is experiencing a critical time of change and transition towards a new era.

We Must Protect the Future for Palestinian Refugee Girls

As people across the globe marked International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, the safe and secure education and possibilities for the future of millions of young girls and women who are Palestinian refugees across the Middle East remained in danger.

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

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

'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

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

Syria’s ‘Human Catastrophe’

Despite calls for a ceasefire, violent clashes have continued and humanitarian access remains limited in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, leaving the international community extremely concerned.Since the Syrian government intensified its attacks in recent weeks, more than 700 civilians, many of them children, have been killed in Eastern Ghouta.

Dubai a model to be followed for Latin America: Former President of Colombia

Cesar Gaviria, Former President of Colombia, stated that Dubai is a key international city, which employs innovation and modern technologies to develop its sectors, most notably the economic sector, where it competes with major world cities while strengthening its leading international stature as a leading model to be followed by Latin American countries.

OFID, IWA sign grant agreement to boost capacity of water utilities in Africa

OPEC Fund for International Development, OFID, hosted the launch of a wastewater report of the International Water Association (IWA) - The Reuse Opportunity: Cities seizing the reuse opportunity in circular economy. The report highlights both the global wastewater challenge, and the reuse opportunity in eight cities in low- and middle-income countries. See press release E06/2018.

Latin America, Caribbean food exports to GCC reviewed

Food products from Latin America and the Caribbean, LAC, accounted for 9 percent of the GCC’s total agricultural imports in 2016, amounting to US$4.3 billion, a new report commissioned by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has revealed.

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