Middle East & North Africa

Effective management of water resources in Arab World key to future growth and stability: WB-FAO

By WAM
Water scarcity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region can either be a destabilizing factor or a motive that binds communities together, according to a new joint report from the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank, with the difference determined by the policies adopted to cope with the growing challenge.

UNHCR launches “Back to school” campaign in support of displaced Syrian children

By WAM
The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has launched a digital campaign that aims to secure much-needed support for millions of displaced Syrian children, both inside Syria and in neighboring countries. The campaign, which comes at a time when students around the world are preparing for the new academic year, aims to help millions of school-aged Syrians access education and to go back to school.

Ministry of Climate Change, Etihad Energy Services to strengthen sustainability

By WAM
The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MOCCAE, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, on Sunday, with Etihad Energy Services Company, to bolster the principles of sustainability in the public and private sectors.

OFID signs loan agreements to help strengthen food security in Cote d’Ivoire, Malawi

By WAM
The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has signed public sector loan agreements with Cote d’Ivoire and Malawi to help boost socio-economic development and living standards.

Mohamed bin Zayed discusses Kerala relief efforts with Indian Prime Minister

By WAM
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has discussed the devastation caused by the floods in Kerala during a telephone call with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

Bahrain suspends entry visas for Qataris

By WAM
Bahrain has suspended issuance of entry visas to the Qatari citizens, excluding students in the Kingdom and those who currently have valid visas, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

Critical funding shortage threatens WHO’s response in northwest Syria

By WAM
As the conflict in northwest Syria escalates, WHO is appealing for US$11 million to provide life-saving health care to people in parts of Aleppo, Hama, Idleb, and Lattakia governorates.

Zayed Sustainability Prize 2019 submissions increase by record 78%

By WAM
Following the close of submissions for the 2019 award cycle, the Zayed Sustainability Prize has announced that it has received over 2,100 submissions from 130 countries, marking a 78 percent increase over the previous year.

UAE, New Zealand foster food security cooperation

By WAM
Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security has got a firsthand experience of the New Zealand' s experience in areas of limnology, and agricultural and food sciences as part of the UAE's endeavours to develop sustainable food solutions.

UAE Food Security Minister discusses alternative food, research governance during Australia visit

By WAM
Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, concluded her trip to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia, by meeting with high-level federal government officials and visiting innovative private sector food production facilities to discuss important issues relating to future food security.

ERC conducts urgent rescue operations for flood-hit people in Sudan, India, Indonesia

By WAM
Responding to urgent international appeals, the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has provided shelters, tents, covers and food to those stricken by the floods that hit many provinces in Eastern Sudan and Kerala, India, as well as those affected by the earthquake that catapulted the province of Lombok, Indonesia.

18 billion gallons of water produced in Sharjah during H1 2018

By WAM
The amount of water produced in the Emirate of Sharjah during the first half of 2018, reached more than 18.308.9 billion gallons of water, according to the latest statistics issued by the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA).

Palestinian Children, the True Victims of the Conflict

Over 500 to 700 West Bank children were arrested and prosecuted each year by Israeli military forces. And Palestinian child rights organisation, Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP), says that between 2012 and 2017 the organisation represented more than 700 children, some 72 percent of whom endured violence after their arrest.

DGCX, DIEDC partner to strengthen Dubai’s Islamic finance economy

By WAM
The Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange, DGCX, and the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre, DIEDC, on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to share knowledge, promote Shari’ah-Compliant finance, and help foster Dubai as the global capital of Islamic economy.

UAE, Singapore discuss cooperation in food security

By WAM
Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Future Food Security, has discussed, with several Singaporean officials, cooperation in the area of food security between the UAE and Singapore, exchanging knowledge, best international practices, and how to benefit from their efforts.

Minister of Climate Change leads UAE delegation on official visit to Australia, New Zealand

By WAM
A high-profile UAE delegation, led by Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, will visit Australia and New Zealand from August 12th to 17th, to explore new areas of collaboration and learn about best practices in agriculture, livestock breeding, water resources utilization and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

DEWA: WETEX 2018 ideal platform for green innovations and solutions

By WAM
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, said that the Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition, WETEX, 2018 is the ideal platform to show the latest solutions and green innovations.

ADNOC seeks to strengthen partnerships in Japan

By WAM
Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO, met on Wednesday, with Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, as part of a series of meetings, with government officials, business partners and customers, aimed at building on ADNOC’s long-standing energy relationship with Japan’s energy sector.

Empower’s ‘24⁰C Cool’ campaign marks 5.6 percent reduction in consumption in first month

By WAM
Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation, Empower, the world’s largest district cooling services provider, continues its summer campaign, "24⁰C Cool," which was launched in July 2018.

World Green Economy Summit to highlight role of public-private leaderships in driving green growth

By WAM
The transformation to a green economy needs fundamental cooperation of both the private and public-sector leaderships, and this responsibility will be highlighted at the annual World Green Economy Summit, WGES 2018.

Department of Culture and Tourism, Airbnb team up to promote Emirati Experiences

By WAM
The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and Airbnb, the online community marketplace which provides access to millions of unique accommodation and Experiences around the world, have teamed up to promote the UAE capital’s offerings.

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