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UNRWA today welcomed a donation of US$ 1 million from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The contribution will support emergency needs in Gaza, including reconstruction. The Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United Nations, Ambassador Masood Khan, presented the donation to the Director of the UNRWA Representative Office in New York, Richard Wright.
The Permanent Representative of Pakistan, Ambassador Masood Khan, handed over yesterday a cheque of US$ 1 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), as Pakistan’s contribution to alleviating the sufferings of the Palestinian victims of Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. The aid comes at an opportune time, since needs have increased due to the onset of winter and the recent flash floods in the region.
Regional coordination is seen as key to improving humanitarian effectiveness in the region. This is leading to discussions on the development of regional humanitarian networks and coordination platforms.
The UN and the Government of Iran are strengthening cooperation on disaster preparedness and response. A joint earthquake simulation took place in October and the Government of Iran have been encouraged to support regional and international humanitarian efforts.
Aid workers in the MENA region face significant security risks, with local staff impacted the most.
This is leading to improvements in security management.
The humanitarian situation in Gaza has deteriorated due to new restrictions at Rafah crossing and the closure of many tunnels.
Consolidated and Flash appeals in the MENA region are currently 49% funded, with additional requirements totaling over US$1.4 billion.
The Higher Committee of Foreign aid at the Red Crescent Authority has allocated Dh 4.027 million to carry out developmental projects in a number of countries.
The assistance will cover health, education and social services sectors in addition to the provision of water supplies in areas which suffer from shortage of this vital service.
These projects will be carried out in a number of countries, including Palestine, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Jordan and Pakistan, Senegal, Bosnia, Uganda, Benin, Thailand, Chad, in addition to Ghana, Lebanon, Libya and Mauritania.
The amount of assistance presented and pledged by the UAE government and other humanitarian and development institutions in the country during 2010-2011, is estimated to be around two billion dollars donated as grants and loans for humanitarian and development projects in different parts of the world, where it contributed to the financing of a wide scope of projects , such as shelters for the displaced, providing food, digging wells, conflict resolution, building dams, highways , schools and hospitals.
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Also Hears from Experts on Human Rights While Countering Terrorism,
Religious Freedom, Foreign Debt, Extrajudicial Executions, Internally Displaced
17 December 2010 - In his end-of-year "state of the world" news conference, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called 2010 "a big year for the United Nations," with progress on issues from biodiversity to electoral support in Iraq and Afghanistan, but warned of challenges ahead in Sudan, the Middle East and other world flashpoints.
"Looking ahead, our challenge is to carry our progress forward," he said of the agenda for 2011, which he will lay out more fully next month. "Resources are tighter. Demands on the UN are growing.
Concern for Children in southern Yemen
An estimated 15,000 people - most of whom are children - have been displaced by recent clashes in and around Al-Hauta village in Shabwah Governorate in southern Yemen, according to UNICEF.
Over the past few weeks, there has been a steady increase in violent clashes, including air strikes, between government troops and armed groups in the area. UNICEF said that children have been injured in the fighting and continue to be at risk from unexploded ordnances, landmines and other explosive remnants of war.
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Human Rights Council
MORNING 31 May 2010
High Commissioner for Human Rights Addresses the Meeting
The Human Rights Council this morning opened its fourteenth regular session, hearing a statement from United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who updated the Council on the work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Council then held a general debate, in which context speakers raised the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, the struggle against all forms of discrimination, and the achievement of the right to development. Many …
WAM Abu Dhabi, Nov 24th, 2009 (WAM) -- In the framework of the directives of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President, the initiatives of H.H.
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36th & 37th Meetings (AM & PM)
Committee Hears from Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Racism; Progress Reports from Working Groups on Mercenaries, Right to Development
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Hears from Some 55 More Speakers, as Three-Day Debate on Promotion, Protection of the Rights of the Child Concludes
Capping its three-day discussion on the promotion and protection of the rights of the child, members of the Third Committee (Social, Cultural and Humanitarian) discussed national programmes to nurture young citizens, saying the credibility of States "rested in their work for future generations".
By Ann M. Veneman
Last March on a visit to Gaza after the region was devastated by constant bombing and conflict, I toured a relief center where young children were encouraged to express their feelings through art. It is often said that a picture can speak a thousand words.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
June 4, 2009
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON A NEW BEGINNING
1:10 P.M. (Local)
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you very much. Good afternoon. I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning; and for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt's advancement.
LOCATION Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
SPEAKER Foreign Secretary, David Miliband
Secretary-General: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure to see you. I am sorry that I couldn't have a press conference with you last month, because of my very hectic schedule. I am pleased to have this monthly regular press conference today.
Yesterday, as you know, I briefed the General Assembly on the latest developments regarding the H1N1 epidemic.
As you know, this outbreak is yet another reminder that we live an interconnected world.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Moscow in the Russian Federation during the afternoon of Thursday, 26 March.
That evening, he attended a working dinner at the Foreign Ministry mansion with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The main focus of their discussion was Afghanistan, but they also touched upon Russia's participation in peacekeeping; the situation in the Middle East, particularly in Gaza; the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the need to keep the six-party talks on track; Kosovo; and Georgia.