Fatima bint Mubarak attends 52nd Union Day celebration in Expo City Dubai

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak (Mother of the Nation), Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), witnessed the official ceremony of the UAE’s 52nd Union Day, which was held in Expo City Dubai.

Witnessing the ceremony alongside Sheikha Fatima were Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah of Malaysia, Princess Lalla Hasna, Sister to King Mohammed VI of Morocco, and a number of Sheikhas.

The official presentation of the 52nd Union Day highlighted the inspiring story of the Union and the UAE’s sustainable journey since its formation in 1971.

In line with COP28 and the Year of Sustainability, innovative techniques and distinctive displays were used in the show, embodying the UAE’s rich heritage that connects the essence of unity and sustainability throughout history.

Source: Emirates News Agency

FAO, Mutah University agree to train women on ‘climate change adaptation’

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Mutah University Sunday signed an agreement to train eight women on “climate change adaptation” in the UN’s HQ in Amman.

FAO Representative in Jordan Nabil Assaf said the organisation in Jordan is implementing several projects, the most important of which is the project to build resilience to climate change in Jordan by improving the efficiency of water use in agriculture, adding that the project includes forming a team of women pioneers in adapting to climate change.

He added that the agreement aims to secure technical assistance to develop a course and training manual on adaptation to climate change and train eight women agricultural engineers for six months to become trainers specialised in training women to adapt to climate change, noting that the pilot governorates are Madaba, Karak, Tafila and Ma’an.

The Mutah University Vice President for Academic Affairs, Muhammad Majali, said the project would open new opportunities in priority areas: agriculture, w
ater and environment.

Majali added that the project would train women in rural areas “to make them pioneers of change in water use.”

Source: Jordan News Agency

UAE President, UN Secretary-General discuss COP28 agenda and regional developments

President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan today met with António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Expo City Dubai.

During the meeting, His Highness and the UN Secretary-General discussed issues on the COP28 agenda and the importance of the conference in enhancing international collective action to address climate challenges in a manner that serves humanity and future generations.

The UN Secretary-General commended the initiative by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in establishing a US$30 billion fund for global climate solutions to bridge the climate financing gap and facilitate affordable access.

The meeting also addressed cooperation between the UAE and UN agencies, particularly in supporting world peace, climate action, and sustainable development, as well as humanitarian work regionally and internationally.

Additionally, both sides reviewed a number of regional and international issues of mutual in
terest, with particular emphasis on developments in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. They underscored the need for international action to reach a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, protect civilians, prevent their forced displacement, and ensure the safe, sustained, and at-scale delivery of humanitarian aid. Furthermore, efforts to prevent the escalation of regional conflict and work towards peace based on the two-state solution were discussed as essential for achieving regional stability, creating an environment conducive to enhanced cooperation in the Middle East, and fostering the development and prosperity of its peoples.

The meeting was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Court; Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, and COP28 President; Mohammed Alsuwaidi, Minister of Investment; Mohamad Issa Abushahab, Ambassador and Deputy Permane
nt Representative of the Permanent Mission of the UAE to the United Nations; and the delegation accompanying the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Kharabsheh lauds progress in implementing EMV energy, mining priorities

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Saleh Kharabsheh, on Sunday chaired the regular meeting to follow up on progress in implementing priorities and initiatives within Jordan’s Economic Modernization Vision (EMV) 2023-2033 for the energy and mining sectors.

Follow-ups on the phases and programs of the required priorities during last November 2023 showed that all activities were making progress in accordance with the scheduled timetable, according to a ministry statement.

Kharabsheh valued efforts made by the concerned institutions’ liaison officers in “continuously” following up government performance monitoring system, aimed to ensure progress in carrying out priorities on the ground.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Mansour bin Zayed, President of Turkmenistan discuss enhancing bilateral relations on sidelines of COP28

His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, today met with Serdar Berdimuhamedow President of Turkmenistan, on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), being held in Expo City Dubai.

The Turkmen President’s accompanying delegation included Rashid Meredov, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Batyr Amanov, vice premier in charge of the fuel and energy complex, and Ashirguly Begliev, Advisor to the President of Turkmenistan on oil and gas issue.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed aspects of bilateral relations between the UAE and the Republic of Turkmenistan, and ways to enhance them in all fields, especially development fields, in the best interest of the two friendly countries and peoples. They discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest.

The parties also touched on the topics on the COP28 agenda and its role in
strengthening international action to address the phenomenon of climate change and its negative repercussions at the global level.

During the meeting, the President of Turkmenistan emphasised the strong bilateral relations between his country and the UAE at all levels, including climate action issues. He also paid tribute to the distinguished roles played by the UAE in addressing climate change and its challenges at the national and global levels.

In this regard, he highlighted the initiative announced by President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in his speech during the World Climate Action Summit regarding the establishment of a US$30 billion fund for climate solutions worldwide, and the great keenness it embodies to support international climate action for the benefit and development of humanity.

He commended the insightful discussions and deliberations that took place during COP28. He also applauded the UAE’s exceptional hosting of this significant international event, expressing his as
surance that it would yield remarkable outcomes for the betterment of humanity.

The President of Turkmenistan congratulated the UAE’s leadership, government and people on the occasion of the country’s 52 Union Day, wishing further development, prosperity, and welfare for the UAE under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Source: Emirates News Agency

House Speaker, UAE counterpart call on unifying efforts to stop Gaza war

Lower House Speaker, Ahmed Safadi, and Emirati Federal National Council (FNC) Speaker, Saqr Ghobash, stressed importance of intensifying and orchestrating efforts to stop the war on Gaza Strip.

During a meeting in Dubai on Sunday, the two sides stressed importance of joint Arab parliamentary work to defend justice of the Palestinian issue and advance the two-state solution as a guarantor of the rights of the Palestinian people.

The two officials also stressed importance of Jordanian-Emirati parliamentary coordination to serve common interests and Arab central issues.

Safadi and Ghobash stressed the “deep-rooted, brotherly” Jordanian-UAE relations and their “advanced” level, thanks to the two countries’ leadership, who are always working to serve their people’s interests.

Additionally, the speakers lauded “solid relations” based on wisdom and moderation under leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

i expressed wishes for further prosperity and progress for the UAE, offering congratulations on the occasion of UAE’s celebrations of the 52nd National Day.

Safadi also invited Ghobash to visit Jordan and hold official joint parliamentary discussions in Amman.

For his part, Ghobash expressed his country’s “high” appreciation for the Kingdom under His Majesty King Abdullah II’s leadership and his positions in support of Arab and Islamic issues.

He stressed importance of sustaining joint parliamentary coordination and mobilizing parliamentary efforts to serve Arab and Islamic issues, primarily the Palestinian cause.

Ghobash announced a UAE-Jordanian Parliamentary Brotherhood committee was formed.

Source: Jordan News Agency