Daily Archives: August 24, 2019

EU announces record Euros 550 mn contribution to save 16 mn lives from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

BRUSSELS, The EU on Saturday announced a Euros 550 million pledge to The Global Fund during the G7 summit in Biarritz. The Fund is an international partnership to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria around the world. Its work has already saved 27 million lives since it was created in 2002.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on this occasion: “The EU has been a strong supporter of the Global Fund since its creation, when the AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis epidemics seemed to be unbeatable. And today we are announcing a record contribution of a further Euros 550 million. We hope the international community will follow suit and step up the fight to fulfil the Fund’s target of ending these diseases’ epidemics by 2030.”

European Council President Donald Tusk representing the EU at this year’s G7, made the announcement in Biarritz. It comes ahead of the Global Fund donors’ conference that will take place in October in Lyon, as more support is needed so that developing countries can improve their health systems, reach universal health coverage and help end the 3 epidemics by 2030.

The Global Fund seeks to raise at least Euros 12.6 billion (US$14 billion) for the period 2020-2022. By 2023, these funds should help save an additional 16 million lives, avert 234 million infections, cut the mortality rate from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in half, and build stronger health systems.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Brazil deploys troops to support firefighting efforts in Amazon

BUENEOS AIRES, The Brazilian government began deploying troops to help fight wildfires in Brazil’s Amazon region on Saturday, Defence Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva said, adding that the troops were headed to the state of Rondonia.

Some 44,000 troops are being made available in the Amazon region.

A total of four states have requested the backup of the federal government for their firefighting efforts,dpa reported on Saturday.

The move comes after the president signed an order for his ministers to take measures to survey and combat fire outbreaks in the world’s largest rainforest.

The goal is the preservation and defence of the Amazon forest, our national heritage, the order said.

Brazilian satellite data has shown that the number of wildfires in the country jumped by 83 percent so far in 2019 compared to the corresponding period last year. More than half of the fires have occurred in the Amazon.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Sharjah Chamber gears up for hosting 6th GCC HR and Labor Market Conference

SHARJAH, Under the theme, “Gulf Labor Market in Light of the Growth of the Digital Economy”, the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SCCI, is preparing to organize the 6th edition of the GCC HR and labor Market Executive Conference, which will be held at Expo Centre Sharjah on 14 15 October.

The conference is held under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and is regarded as the largest forum for the private sector in the region.

The GCC HR and labor Market Executive Conference is organized by SCCI, in collaboration with the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Federation of GCC Chambers and Arab Labor Organisation.

Aiming to keep pace with the global transformations in the digital economy through mobilising capabilities and activities and fostering the joint Gulf cooperation, the conference will be discussing the challenges and opportunities for local workforces in Gulf countries, and the future of leading projects, in light of the digital economy.

The conference will also be focusing on reviewing the proper methods of harnessing the graduation projects of the academic institutions’ graduates, and identifying the means of bolstering Gulf employment by joining with the knowledge economy markets.

The conference will be witnessing the participation of an elite group of experts, with the attendance of representatives of ministries, educational institutions, government and private establishments concerned with the development of human resources in the GCC.

Through the conference sessions, the participants will have the opportunity to exchange views about the implementation of the best Gulf practices and experiences in the development fields.

Also, the discussions will shed light on the impact of human development and localization in the Gulf labor market, and the role of the private sector in training, qualification and employment, as part of the efforts to strengthen partnerships with the government sector in the GCC.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Coalition Forces intercept drones launched by Iranian-backed Houthi militia towards Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Spokesman of Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen Col. Turki Al-Malki said today that coalition forces managed to intercept and down drones launched by Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia towards civilian objects in Khamis Mushayt and Jazan, Saudi Aabia.

According to Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Colonel Al-Maliki said that all attempts by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia to launch drones are foiled and the coalition takes all operational procedures and best practices of rules of engagement to deal with these drones to protect civilians, noting that repeated terrorist attempts confirm the criminality of Iran’s proxies in the region.

The Coalition will implement deterrent measures against these terrorist militias to neutralise and destroy these capabilities in strict accordance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules,he stressed.

Source: Emirates News Agency