Middle East & North Africa

Egyptian Photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, aka Shawkan, to Receive 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, has been selected by an independent international jury of media professionals as the laureate of the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize.

Sustainable Communities and Climate Change Summit tackles global sustainability challenges

By WAM
The Sustainable Communities and Climate Change Summit, SCCCS, was held today, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, to provide a dedicated platform to discuss major regional and international issues in relation to climate change and other sustainability challenges facing the global community.

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

By WAM
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

By WAM
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

By WAM
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.

Middle East: a Threat to World Peace & Security, Warns UN Chief

The situation in the Middle East is in chaos — to such an extent it has become a threat to international peace and security.The region is facing a true Gordian knot – different fault lines crossing each other and creating a highly volatile situation with risks of escalation, fragmentation and division as far as the eye can see with profound regional and global ramifications.

Food Is the Answer: Perugia International Journalism Festival

The twelfth International Journalism Festival on April 12-15 has drawn 710 speakers from 50 different countries, becoming the biggest journalism festival in Europe.

MOCCAE launches smart use of plastics campaign

By WAM
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

By WAM
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

By WAM
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.

“International Solidarity” at Yemen Donor Conference

The international community has pledged over two billion dollars towards urgently needed humanitarian assistance to Yemen during a UN event.

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

By WAM
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

By WAM
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

By WAM
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.

Yemen the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis, Says UN Chief

Thank you all for being here today to show your solidarity with the women, men, girls and boys of Yemen. And I want to thank my co-chairs, the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland, for hosting this conference for the second year and for their continued humanitarian commitment.

I Am a Migrant: Integrating Through Syrian ‘Hummus’

Khaled left Syria in 2015, when his country was already in its fourth year of war. He is 27 years old and can clearly remember what his life was like then in Damascus: a happy life, with a happy family, in a happy country.

Washington’s Ambiguity Equals De Facto Sanctions On Teheran

Over the last few months, the United States’ rhetoric on the Iran nuclear agreement has been ambiguous, creating an uncertain environment for investors. With John Bolton, President Donald Trump has now appointed a national security adviser who is actively seeking to leave the Iran deal.

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

By WAM
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.

Chemical Weapons in Syria? Time for Outrage

US Defense Secretary James Mattis dropped a political bombshell last week when he said the U.S. has no evidence to confirm reports that the Syrian government had used the deadly chemical sarin on its citizens.

Jordan, Panama discuss regional and international developments

By WAM
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

By WAM
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.

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