Daily Archives: August 19, 2017

Marking World Humanitarian Day, UN urges protection for civilians in armed conflict

NEW YORK — Civilians in conflict are not a target, top United Nations officials today stressed at a special event marking World Humanitarian Day, which honours aid workers and pays homage to those killed in service, while also drawing attention to the millions of people today living in war zones.

“For the millions of people caught in conflict, struggling to find food, water, and safe shelter; who have been driven from their homes with little hope of return; whose schools have been bombed; and who await life-saving medical care � we cannot afford to fail,” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, urging each person and country to stand in solidarity with civilians in conflict.

Standing at Headquarters in New York alongside UN aid workers and staff who lost colleagues in war zones, the Secretary-General lent his support to the #NotATarget,” campaign, which highlights the need to protect civilians caught in conflict, including humanitarian and medical workers.

Joining Mr. Guterres to mark World Humanitarian Day, which is officially commemorated on 19th August, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien spoke of the challenges faced by aid workers around the word.

“Last year, 288 aid workers were targeted in 158 attacks. In the past three months alone, relief workers have been shelled and shot at, kidnapped and killed in Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria,” he said. “This is blatantly unacceptable.”

Earlier in the week, the UN and partners launched the #NotATarget petition urging global leaders do more to ensure the rules of war are upheld and civilians are protected in armed conflicts.

With more than 10,500 signatures, the petitioners demand that world leaders do more to protect people trapped in conflicts, with a particular focus on those living in urban areas, children, targets of sexual violence, forcibly displaced people, humanitarian workers and health workers.

The petition will be presented to the Secretary-General during the high-level General Assembly, which opens on 12th September this year.

The UN General Assembly designated 19th August as World Humanitarian Day in 2008, selecting the date to coincide with the anniversary of the deadly 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad.

Source: Emirates News Agency

3rd Japanese GPS Satellite Launched Successfully

TOKYO — The third satellite for the Japanese version of the Global Positioning System was successfully launched Saturday.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, launched an H-2A rocket carrying the Michibiki No. 3 satellite from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, at 2:29 p.m. (5:29 a.m. GMT), according to Jiji Press.

The government satellite entered its target geostationary orbit after being separated from the rocket about 30 minutes after the liftoff.

The Michibiki satellite system is designed to complement the GPS by realising positioning accuracy of a few centimeters to several tens of centimeters.

The government plans to start supplying positioning data from April next year using four Michibiki spacecraft–the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 quasi-zenith satellites moving almost directly above Japan and the No. 3 geostationary satellite.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Fujairah Terminals receives first vessel call following Abu Dhabi Ports-Port of Fujairah concession agreement

FUJAIRAH — The newly established Fujairah Terminals, under the management of Abu Dhabi Ports, welcomed its first container feeder vessel, the Dubai Alliance. This is the first ship to arrive at the terminal, which is wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, Fujairah Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), following the signing of a concession agreement with the Port of Fujairah in June this year.

Following the signing of the 35-year concession agreement with the Fujairah Port, that granted Abu Dhabi Ports exclusive rights to develop port infrastructure and undertake operations for containers, general cargo, RoRo and cruise ships, Fujairah Terminals was established and took over management of the terminals from Fujairah Port Authority from August 1.

On the occasion, Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi,CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, commented: “We are marking the beginning of a new era for both Abu Dhabi Ports and the Port of Fujairah under the new management of Fujairah Terminals. The investment in port infrastructure will go a long way to strengthening development and operation of ports and terminals across the UAE and its contribution to the growth of a diversified, knowledge-based economy highlighting Fujairah’s strategic role in the UAE’s maritime and trade growth, bringing about a marked increase in vessel calls, such as the Dubai Alliance and many more to come.”

Dubai Alliance is a vessel under Star Feeders LLC, a specialist short-sea common carrier container feeder service that operates a feeder network between UAE ports. The ship called at Fujairah Terminals to deliver a container for local industries and to receive containers for onward shipments.

Upa Jayalth, General Manager for Operations at Star Feeder LLC and Nirmil Perara, General Manager for Sales and Marketing at Star Feeders LLC, met with Fujairah Terminals General Manager, Naser AlBusaeedi, to express their support and commitment to working with the newly established Fujairah Terminals.

On the occasion AlBusaeedi said: “Through the planned infrastructure investment and sharing of best practices by Abu Dhabi Ports, we are confident we are embarking on a new journey that will bring about a positive outlook for the port and the emirate of Fujairah as a whole. Using our experience and best practices gained from managing and running major ports like Zayed and Khalifa Ports, we intend to bring these valuable learnings to Fujairah Terminals and use existing commercial and business synergies to increase our value offering to our customers and simultaneously boost efficient trade”.

Under the agreement with the Port of Fujairah, Abu Dhabi Ports is granted the exclusivity to enhance existing infrastructure in addition to managing all Container, General Cargo, RoRo and Cruise Ships in the Port. In addition, the company will retain the exclusive management of Container Business throughout the emirate of Fujairah for Container business.

Further terms of the agreement include enhancing the Ports ability to cater to larger vessels through the deepening of berths and building almost 300,000 sqm yard of storage space, as well as a 1km quay. Abu Dhabi Ports will also invest in new and advanced technological equipment to increase operational efficiencies and services.

Fujairah Terminals is expected to play a complementary role in maritime shipping activities at Khalifa Port and Zayed Port.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Zayed’s Legacy campaign will bring joy to Yemeni distressed families: Yemeni Ambassador

ABU DHABI — Yemeni Ambassador to UAE Fahad Al Menhali stated that the recently launched Zayed Legacy campaign to support families of war-affected people in Yemen will intensify the UAE’s response to the humanitarian situation in the country.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has directed the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, to launch a campaign on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha in various Yemeni governorates to support the families of martyrs and those wounded.

The charitable drive underscores the efforts of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and represents a kind gesture by the UAE and its leadership to provide all kinds of support to Yemeni people, he added.

“The humanitarian initiative signals the strength of UAE-Yemeni enduring ties between the brotherly countries and their people and embodies the loyalty of the UAE’s leadership to Zayed’s legacy,” he said in a statement to Emirates News Agency, WAM.

He noted that the UAE’s offer to pay for the treatment of 90 injured Yemenis in Indian hospitals is the latest of their humanitarian gestures towards the people of the country.

Source: Emirates News Agency