Mohamed bin Zayed, Liberian President discuss strengthening cooperation

ABU DHABI– His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today received a telephone call from President George Weah of Liberia.

During the conversation, the two leaders discussed ways of strengthening bilateral ties and cooperation to serve the mutual interests of the two friendly countries in several fields.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and President Weah discussed the latest regional and global developments and issues of common concern and exchanged views on them.

The two sides also reviewed the latest situation regarding COVID-19 pandemic and the global efforts to contain the impact of the virus.

President Weah thanked the UAE for its positive role in the development of Liberia and the rest of Africa.

Sheikh Mohamed underlined the UAE’s keenness to strengthen ties with the African countries, including Liberia for the common good of their peoples.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Mohamed bin Zayed, President of Iraq review promoting cooperation

ABU DHABI– His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President of Iraq, Dr. Barham Salih, reviewed the prospects of promoting the fraternal relations between the two nations and accelerating cooperation across all fronts.

This came in a phone call Sheikh Mohamed received today from the Iraqi President wherein the two leaders discussed a number of issues of common regional and international concern.

They touched on the latest developments of the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts made by the two countries to address the fallout of the pandemic on the humanitarian, economic and medical levels as well as ways to enhance post-corona cooperation.

Sheikh Mohamed and the Iraqi leader also underlined the importance of underpinning the pillars of peace, stability and development for all the peoples of the Middle East region who are suffering unrests weighing on their financial and human resources.

Sheikh Mohamed reiterated the UAE’s permanent support for Iraq to preserve its security and stability and to overcome the besetting challenges.

Dr. Barham thanked Sheikh Mohamed for the UAE’s support for the people of Iraq under all circumstances to restore its stability and solidify the role played by state departments at all levels.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE, Estonia Political Consultations Committee discusses means of bolstering cooperation

ABU DHABI, The first edition of the Political Consultations Committee between the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia began Thursday remotely via video conferencing.

The Emirati side was chaired by Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, Assistant Minister for Political Affairs at MoFAIC, while the Estonian side was chaired by Ryan Temsar, Deputy and Assistant Minister for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.

The two sides reviewed their countries’ experience in combatting COVID-19 and the UAE’s humanitarian efforts in this regard, as well as its assistance to affected countries, highlighting the importance of international cooperation and solidarity in the fight against the pandemic.

The two sides also reviewed joint cooperation, ways to enhance bilateral relations, and regional and international developments. They also reviewed joint cooperation with regional and international organisations in assisting with issues and challenges facing the region and the world.

Source: Emirates News Agency

IRENA Council meets as agency renews call for recovery built around energy transformation

ABU DHABI, Representatives from across the world will participate in the 19th and 20th Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, this week, amid a backdrop of renewed calls from the Agency to build the post-COVID economic recovery around energy transformation.

Burkina Faso Energy Minister, Bachir Ismael Ouedraogo, will serve as Chair for the two-day governing body meetings.

The back-to-back meetings of the Council will take place virtually due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and will see more than 340 high-level participants from 97 countries and the European Union engage in discussions about the growing importance of policies and investments that support an accelerated move towards a low-carbon energy system. IRENA’s findings suggest doing so would add more than five million energy transition jobs globally in the next three years.

“We meet at unprecedented times,” said IRENA Director-General, Francesco La Camera. “With many economies going back into lockdown measures to address COVID-19, we must all be aware of the opportunity for growth and stability presented by a renewables-based energy transformation – a point that will be central to discussions among members this week.

IRENA’s “Post-COVID recovery: An agenda for resilience, development and equality”, launched earlier this year, shows that energy transition can represent a far-sighted investment when incorporated into stimulus and recovery plans. An investment package focused on the energy transition can help to overcome the economic slump and create much-needed jobs.

Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said, “The coronavirus outbreak has highlighted the vital importance of energy as the key to staying connected to power, and healthcare facilities and ensure an uninterrupted food and water production and supply. Therefore, it is more crucial than ever that we join forces in advancing a green and sustainable recovery, building resilience, and driving a global clean energy transition to provide fair energy access for all.”

“Burkina Faso’s progress in recent years to address energy access and encourage increased economic activity through electrification, has been remarkable,” said Ouedraogo. “We have doubled the number of people with access to energy in the last five years while reducing electricity costs and reducing state subsidies thanks to renewable energy.

Before this year’s meetings, IRENA received comments from members regarding the Agency’s programmatic activities. Discussions, that took place on 19th and 21st October, explored how IRENA can most effectively provide its members with project facilitation support, research, modelling, analytical work and policy advice.

Leading up to the Council meeting, IRENA also held a series of Collaborative Framework meetings, designed to foster dialogue and coordinated action between Members on key issues such as the development of hydropower, strategies to support high shares of renewables, the future of the renewable hydrogen economy, ocean and offshore renewables and the geopolitics of energy transformation.

During the Council meetings, IRENA members will also discuss the Agency’s future work as part of IRENA’s Work Programme and Budget.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Fujairah Ruler to witness Flag Day ceremony

FUJAIRAH, H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, will witness on Tuesday the Flag Day ceremony in the front yard of his palace in Al Rumaila to mark the occasion, which coincides with President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s accession to the presidency.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, and H.H. Maktoum bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi will also be present at the ceremony.

Flag-raising ceremonies are being implemented this year as part of the implementation of preventive and precautionary measures to face the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, in order to ensure the safety of community members.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE chairs 29th virtual meeting of GCC Civil Defense Directors

ABU DHABI,The UAE has chaired the 29th Virtual Meeting of the GCC Civil Defense Directors.

The meeting discussed a number of topics on the agenda related to the fields of prevention and safety, and the best ways to enhance joint work and exchange of experiences, in addition to presenting experiences between civil defense agencies in the GCC countries and exchanging best practices applied.

The Emirati delegation presented the efforts of civil defense, in cooperation with the relevant authorities in the country, and presented the most important precautionary and preventive measures related to limiting the spread of the new Corona virus, “COVID-19 “, in addition the presentation of excellence and leadership approaches in civil defense and its program under the name of “Hammers for Excellence” which is an innovative means of evaluation. In the civil defense centers in the Emirates.

Maj. General Doctor Jassim Mohamed Almarzooqi, Commander in Chief of the Civil Defense at the Ministry of Interior and chairman of the meeting, delivered a speech and conveyed the greetings of H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and his well wishes of success and prosperity.

In his speech, Al-Marzouqi said that the meeting will contribute to strengthening and developing joint work to serve Gulf countries and societies, as it is a step within the process of promoting joint achievements in directing civil defense agencies in the Gulf countries to reach the highest levels of performance of the world.

Source: Emirates News Agency