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  •   Urban development experts highlighted the importance of data collection and monitoring including Voluntary Local Reviews VLRs to improve local governance identify development opportunities and localize the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs during a session organized by UN Habitat in cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA the Middle East and Western Asia UCLG MEWA and the Arab Cities Organization ATO in the last week June at the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum WUF11 In the session titled The State of Arab Cities participants discussed how tools such as the VLRs which analyze the implementation of the SDGs at the local level can address data gaps as well as provide guidance and technical support to governments local We look forward to continuing to support data collection and analysis at the local level to achieve effective urban development that is suitable for the Arab region said Dr Erfan Ali UN Habitat Regional Representative for the Arab Region in his remarks closing The lack of urban data collection tools is one of the challenges in advancing urban development Addressing this challenge UN Habitat is currently leading the drive for VLR in the Arab region in partnership with ESCWA UCLG MEWA and ATO The lack of data and monitoring tools hampers sustainable development Only through accurate data cities can assess their progress and create comprehensive plans to further achieve the SDGs Ing Ahmed Sobeih Secretary General of ATO highlighted The VLR mechanism has become an essential tool for cities around the world to report and track progress on the SDGs In the Arab region following an inclusive and participatory approach two cities have started developing their VLRs namely Amman Jordan and Agadir Morocco with more cities due to start the process later this year VLRs of Aman seeks to strengthen monitoring mechanisms for local development and enhance cooperation with cities around the world establishing a strategy to achieve the SDGs by 2030 Mrs Njoud AbdelJawad Manager of International Relations and Department of Greater Amman Municipality Technical Support commented on Aman s goals in implementing VLR Mr Mehmet Duman Secretary General of UCLG MEWA praised the cities of Amman and Agadir for their successful implementation WUF organized by UN Habitat is the leading conference on urbanization and takes place every two years WUF11 is co organized by UN Habitat the Polish Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy and the Katowice Municipal Office
    UN-Habitat, ESCWA highlight the importance of data collection and monitoring in improving the resilience of Arab cities
      Urban development experts highlighted the importance of data collection and monitoring including Voluntary Local Reviews VLRs to improve local governance identify development opportunities and localize the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs during a session organized by UN Habitat in cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA the Middle East and Western Asia UCLG MEWA and the Arab Cities Organization ATO in the last week June at the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum WUF11 In the session titled The State of Arab Cities participants discussed how tools such as the VLRs which analyze the implementation of the SDGs at the local level can address data gaps as well as provide guidance and technical support to governments local We look forward to continuing to support data collection and analysis at the local level to achieve effective urban development that is suitable for the Arab region said Dr Erfan Ali UN Habitat Regional Representative for the Arab Region in his remarks closing The lack of urban data collection tools is one of the challenges in advancing urban development Addressing this challenge UN Habitat is currently leading the drive for VLR in the Arab region in partnership with ESCWA UCLG MEWA and ATO The lack of data and monitoring tools hampers sustainable development Only through accurate data cities can assess their progress and create comprehensive plans to further achieve the SDGs Ing Ahmed Sobeih Secretary General of ATO highlighted The VLR mechanism has become an essential tool for cities around the world to report and track progress on the SDGs In the Arab region following an inclusive and participatory approach two cities have started developing their VLRs namely Amman Jordan and Agadir Morocco with more cities due to start the process later this year VLRs of Aman seeks to strengthen monitoring mechanisms for local development and enhance cooperation with cities around the world establishing a strategy to achieve the SDGs by 2030 Mrs Njoud AbdelJawad Manager of International Relations and Department of Greater Amman Municipality Technical Support commented on Aman s goals in implementing VLR Mr Mehmet Duman Secretary General of UCLG MEWA praised the cities of Amman and Agadir for their successful implementation WUF organized by UN Habitat is the leading conference on urbanization and takes place every two years WUF11 is co organized by UN Habitat the Polish Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy and the Katowice Municipal Office
    UN-Habitat, ESCWA highlight the importance of data collection and monitoring in improving the resilience of Arab cities
    Africa3 months ago

    UN-Habitat, ESCWA highlight the importance of data collection and monitoring in improving the resilience of Arab cities

    Urban development experts highlighted the importance of data collection and monitoring, including Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs), to improve local governance, identify development opportunities and localize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), during a session organized by UN-Habitat in cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the Middle East and Western Asia (UCLG-MEWA) and the Arab Cities Organization (ATO), in the last week June at the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF11) .

    In the session titled “The State of Arab Cities”, participants discussed how tools such as the VLRs, which analyze the implementation of the SDGs at the local level, can address data gaps, as well as provide guidance and technical support to governments. local.

    “We look forward to continuing to support data collection and analysis at the local level to achieve effective urban development that is suitable for the Arab region,” said Dr. Erfan Ali, UN-Habitat Regional Representative for the Arab Region, in his remarks. closing.

    The lack of urban data collection tools is one of the challenges in advancing urban development. Addressing this challenge, UN-Habitat is currently leading the drive for VLR in the Arab region in partnership with ESCWA, UCLG-MEWA and ATO.

    “The lack of data and monitoring tools hampers sustainable development. Only through accurate data, cities can assess their progress and create comprehensive plans to further achieve the SDGs”, Ing. Ahmed Sobeih, Secretary General of ATO, highlighted.

    The VLR mechanism has become an essential tool for cities around the world to report and track progress on the SDGs. In the Arab region, following an inclusive and participatory approach, two cities have started developing their VLRs, namely Amman, Jordan and Agadir, Morocco, with more cities due to start the process later this year.

    “VLRs of Aman seeks to strengthen monitoring mechanisms for local development and enhance cooperation with cities around the world, establishing a strategy to achieve the SDGs by 2030”, Mrs. Njoud AbdelJawad, Manager of International Relations and Department of Greater Amman Municipality Technical Support, commented on Aman's goals in implementing VLR.

    Mr. Mehmet Duman, Secretary General of UCLG-MEWA praised the cities of Amman and Agadir for their successful implementation.

    WUF, organized by UN-Habitat, is the leading conference on urbanization and takes place every two years. WUF11 is co-organized by UN-Habitat, the Polish Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy and the Katowice Municipal Office.

  •   The need for emergency humanitarian aid is indisputable However it must be provided within a long term sustainable framework BEIRUT Lebanon December 20 2021 APO Group The least developed Arab countries LDCs members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA namely Mauritania Somalia the Sudan and Yemen have faced severe economic problems instability and bleak growth prospects The situation was exacerbated in 2020 by the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic The conflicts have led to massive displacement leaving these countries with heavy burdens and people in dire need of humanitarian assistance These are some of the highlights of a new report released today by ESCWA in partnership with the Saudi Arabia Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen SDRPY on Arab LDCs Development Challenges and Opportunities According to the report growth rates in all four countries have declined significantly over the past decade Gross national income per capita has been falling steadily in Somalia since 2010 Both Sudan and Yemen have seen significant declines from the mid decade onwards Similarly the growth of gross domestic product GDP in Yemen gradually sank into negativity with a 50 contraction in real GDP between 2014 and 2020 Growth rates in Sudan also suffered a sharp decline in 2019 due to political upheavals during that year The report also indicates that the main driver of growth in the four countries albeit weak is private consumption followed by government consumption and elements that would normally generate significant economic development such as private investment have not played a significant role in economic growth In this context ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti reiterated her call to consider the humanitarian development and peace nexus as the basis for all interventions especially in countries affected by chronic conflict The need for emergency humanitarian aid is indisputable however it must be provided within a long term sustainable framework that leads directly and rapidly to investment in development and thus contributes to peace he said He also noted that ending the conflict should be prioritized to mitigate growing humanitarian needs and limit the implications for public institutions and infrastructure Long term dependency on aid must be reversed and security humanitarian and development agendas must be mutually reinforcing during the pre peace and post peace phases he concluded For his part SDRPY General Supervisor and Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al Jabir shared that SDRPY s partnership with ESCWA was fruitful On the collaboration Al Jabir added that this partnership resulted in the present policy document and report that highlighted the progress made by Arab LDCs during the decade 2011 2020 The report and its results would contribute to the development of a comprehensive and effective regional plan that would gradually assist LDC countries that are leaving this group over the next decade In addition the report can help donors to contribute to the activation of the triple nexus approach used in circumstances of vulnerability and conflict which would help national institutions and governance systems to respond and resolve humanitarian crises in a way that is established sustainable development and peace is achieved as well as dedicating all efforts in various areas to support these nations and in particular Yemen and its sister people The report recommends that interventions to support Arab LDCs be carried out within a vision aimed at linking important and necessary humanitarian work on the one hand and achieving development and peace on the other This report is the key document for an ESCWA led regional review of the implementation of the previous program approved at the Fourth Conference of LDCs in 2011 as well as the preparatory process for the Fifth Conference to be held in Doha in January 2022 Furthermore the report is one of the results of the partnership agreement signed more than a year ago by ESCWA and SDRPY to support Arab LDCs through studies and research aimed at developing recommendations to combat poverty and achieve the Global Goals and ultimately improve living conditions in Arab LDCs through effective contributions to development
    Ahead of the Fifth Global Conference on the Least Developed Countries: A New Report Monitors the Challenges of Arab Countries
      The need for emergency humanitarian aid is indisputable However it must be provided within a long term sustainable framework BEIRUT Lebanon December 20 2021 APO Group The least developed Arab countries LDCs members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA namely Mauritania Somalia the Sudan and Yemen have faced severe economic problems instability and bleak growth prospects The situation was exacerbated in 2020 by the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic The conflicts have led to massive displacement leaving these countries with heavy burdens and people in dire need of humanitarian assistance These are some of the highlights of a new report released today by ESCWA in partnership with the Saudi Arabia Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen SDRPY on Arab LDCs Development Challenges and Opportunities According to the report growth rates in all four countries have declined significantly over the past decade Gross national income per capita has been falling steadily in Somalia since 2010 Both Sudan and Yemen have seen significant declines from the mid decade onwards Similarly the growth of gross domestic product GDP in Yemen gradually sank into negativity with a 50 contraction in real GDP between 2014 and 2020 Growth rates in Sudan also suffered a sharp decline in 2019 due to political upheavals during that year The report also indicates that the main driver of growth in the four countries albeit weak is private consumption followed by government consumption and elements that would normally generate significant economic development such as private investment have not played a significant role in economic growth In this context ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti reiterated her call to consider the humanitarian development and peace nexus as the basis for all interventions especially in countries affected by chronic conflict The need for emergency humanitarian aid is indisputable however it must be provided within a long term sustainable framework that leads directly and rapidly to investment in development and thus contributes to peace he said He also noted that ending the conflict should be prioritized to mitigate growing humanitarian needs and limit the implications for public institutions and infrastructure Long term dependency on aid must be reversed and security humanitarian and development agendas must be mutually reinforcing during the pre peace and post peace phases he concluded For his part SDRPY General Supervisor and Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al Jabir shared that SDRPY s partnership with ESCWA was fruitful On the collaboration Al Jabir added that this partnership resulted in the present policy document and report that highlighted the progress made by Arab LDCs during the decade 2011 2020 The report and its results would contribute to the development of a comprehensive and effective regional plan that would gradually assist LDC countries that are leaving this group over the next decade In addition the report can help donors to contribute to the activation of the triple nexus approach used in circumstances of vulnerability and conflict which would help national institutions and governance systems to respond and resolve humanitarian crises in a way that is established sustainable development and peace is achieved as well as dedicating all efforts in various areas to support these nations and in particular Yemen and its sister people The report recommends that interventions to support Arab LDCs be carried out within a vision aimed at linking important and necessary humanitarian work on the one hand and achieving development and peace on the other This report is the key document for an ESCWA led regional review of the implementation of the previous program approved at the Fourth Conference of LDCs in 2011 as well as the preparatory process for the Fifth Conference to be held in Doha in January 2022 Furthermore the report is one of the results of the partnership agreement signed more than a year ago by ESCWA and SDRPY to support Arab LDCs through studies and research aimed at developing recommendations to combat poverty and achieve the Global Goals and ultimately improve living conditions in Arab LDCs through effective contributions to development
    Ahead of the Fifth Global Conference on the Least Developed Countries: A New Report Monitors the Challenges of Arab Countries
    Africa10 months ago

    Ahead of the Fifth Global Conference on the Least Developed Countries: A New Report Monitors the Challenges of Arab Countries

    The need for emergency humanitarian aid is indisputable; However, it must be provided within a long-term sustainable framework.

    BEIRUT, Lebanon, December 20, 2021 / APO Group / -

    The least developed Arab countries (LDCs) members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), namely Mauritania, Somalia, the Sudan and Yemen, have faced severe economic problems, instability and bleak growth prospects. The situation was exacerbated in 2020 by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conflicts have led to massive displacement, leaving these countries with heavy burdens and people in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

    These are some of the highlights of a new report released today by ESCWA in partnership with the Saudi Arabia Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) on “Arab LDCs: Development Challenges and Opportunities”.

    According to the report, growth rates in all four countries have declined significantly over the past decade. Gross national income per capita has been falling steadily in Somalia since 2010. Both Sudan and Yemen have seen significant declines from the mid-decade onwards.

    Similarly, the growth of gross domestic product (GDP) in Yemen gradually sank into negativity, with a 50% contraction in real GDP between 2014 and 2020. Growth rates in Sudan also suffered a sharp decline in 2019 due to political upheavals during that year.

    The report also indicates that the main driver of growth in the four countries, albeit weak, is private consumption followed by government consumption, and elements that would normally generate significant economic development, such as private investment, have not played a significant role. in economic growth.

    In this context, ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti reiterated her call to consider the humanitarian, development and peace nexus as the basis for all interventions, especially in countries affected by chronic conflict.

    “The need for emergency humanitarian aid is indisputable; however, it must be provided within a long-term, sustainable framework that leads directly and rapidly to investment in development and thus contributes to peace, "he said. He also noted that ending the conflict should be prioritized to mitigate growing humanitarian needs and limit the implications for public institutions and infrastructure. "Long-term dependency on aid must be reversed, and security, humanitarian and development agendas must be mutually reinforcing during the pre-peace and post-peace phases," he concluded.

    For his part, SDRPY General Supervisor and Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jabir, shared that SDRPY's partnership with ESCWA was fruitful. On the collaboration, Al-Jabir added that this partnership resulted in the present policy document and report that highlighted the progress made by Arab LDCs during the decade 2011-2020. The report and its results would contribute to the development of a comprehensive and effective regional plan that would gradually assist LDC countries that are leaving this group over the next decade. In addition, the report can help donors to contribute to the activation of the triple nexus approach used in circumstances of vulnerability and conflict, which would help national institutions and governance systems to respond and resolve humanitarian crises in a way that is established sustainable development and peace is achieved. , as well as dedicating all efforts in various areas to support these nations and, in particular, Yemen and its sister people.

    The report recommends that interventions to support Arab LDCs be carried out within a vision aimed at linking important and necessary humanitarian work, on the one hand, and achieving development and peace, on the other.

    This report is the key document for an ESCWA-led regional review of the implementation of the previous program approved at the Fourth Conference of LDCs in 2011, as well as the preparatory process for the Fifth Conference to be held in Doha in January 2022.

    Furthermore, the report is one of the results of the partnership agreement signed more than a year ago by ESCWA and SDRPY to support Arab LDCs through studies and research aimed at developing recommendations to combat poverty and achieve the Global Goals. and ultimately improve living conditions in Arab LDCs through effective contributions to development.

  •   The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation www ITFC IDB org hosted a virtual roundtable with high level speakers from the governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Kingdom of Spain the World Trade Organization the International Monetary Fund the International Trade Center and and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA on the impact of COVID 19 on trade in the Arab region and new business opportunities in the post Covid era Eng ITFC CEO Sonbol The COVID 19 pandemic has made it clearer the importance of AfTIAS 2 0 calling on donor countries and international development organizations to join AfTIAS 2 0 and contribute to the formidable task of supporting the most vulnerable and fragile countries in the Arab Region The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation ITFC on March 25 2021 hosted a virtual roundtable on the second phase of the Aid for Trade Initiative for the Arab States Program AfTIAS 2 0 on the theme Contribution to post COVID 19 economic recovery through inclusive job creation Speakers and contributors to the roundtable highlighted various aspects of the interventions expected from AfTIAS 2 0 namely poverty reduction inclusive job creation strengthening stability in fragile states and reducing migrations The round table was chaired by Eng Hani Salem Sonbol CEO of International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation ITFC and Chairman of the AfTIAS Program Board and with opening remarks by Mr Frederick Agah Yonov Deputy Director General World Trade Organization WTO The series of discussions and contributions kicked off with keynote addresses by Dr Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi Minister of Commerce of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi General Authority for Foreign Trade GAFT Dr Nevin Gamea Minister of Trade and Industry Arab Republic of Egypt and Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin Executive Director Arab Countries International Monetary Fund IMF followed by a brief presentation on the AfTIAS program by ITFC In his opening speech HE Mr Majid Al Qasabi Minister of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority for Foreign Trade reviewed the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in establishing of the Aid for Trade Initiative for the Arab States AfTIAS in its first phase reiterating the importance of promoting trade in the Arab world His Excellency also added The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia looks forward to optimizing the second phase of the AfTIAS program with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness of micro small and medium enterprises in order to increase the sector s contribution to the 20 GDP at 35 in line with the strategic objective of the Vision 2030 of the Kingdom Dr Nevin Gamea Minister of Trade and Industry of the Arab Republic of Egypt also announced Egypt s continued support to the program in its second phase stressing that every effort will be made to ensure the success of the trade promotion program in Arab countries world which is still at low levels compared to other regional trading blocks around the world Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin Executive Director Arab Countries International Monetary Fund IMF explained how AfTIAS 2 0 could improve stability in fragile Arab countries Giving an overview of the economic and trade landscape of the Arab region he stressed that trade can lead to improved future prospects through food security employment domestic incomes and resilience Speaking at the panel discussion Ms Rola Dashti United Nations Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA presented an assessment of the impact of COVID 19 on trade global and in the Arab region in particular by highlighting the challenges to be met Her address was attended by Dr Pamela Coke Hamilton Executive Director of International Trade ITC who presented on business creation and ways to accelerate internationalization for young entrepreneurs in Arab States in a post COVID context Ms Maria Molina Head of the Department of Cooperation with the Arab World and Asia Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development AECID underlined the need to curb migration by creating decent jobs in Arab countries Commenting on the importance of the round table Eng ITFC CEO Hani Salem Sonbol said The COVID 19 pandemic has made it clearer than anything before that today s global challenges do not stop at borders and that cooperation is key to overcome them The conception of AfTIAS 2 0 as a regional program corresponds directly to this vital need for cooperation The CEO called on donor countries and international development organizations to join AfTIAS 2 0 and contribute to the formidable task of supporting the most vulnerable and fragile countries in the Arab region The AfTIAS 2 0 program was designed by ITFC in 2020 in consultation with recipient countries regional and international organizations following the successful completion of the first phase of the program in 2018 AfTIAS 2 0 focuses on inclusiveness A specific objective of AfTIAS 2 0 is to create jobs for young people and women thereby mitigating the negative impact of COVID 19 in the Arab region contributing to stability and alleviating migration problems The program will be officially launched in June 2021 and will run for five years
    Aid for Trade Initiative for Arab States program contributes to post-COVID-19 economic recovery through inclusive job creation
      The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation www ITFC IDB org hosted a virtual roundtable with high level speakers from the governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Kingdom of Spain the World Trade Organization the International Monetary Fund the International Trade Center and and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA on the impact of COVID 19 on trade in the Arab region and new business opportunities in the post Covid era Eng ITFC CEO Sonbol The COVID 19 pandemic has made it clearer the importance of AfTIAS 2 0 calling on donor countries and international development organizations to join AfTIAS 2 0 and contribute to the formidable task of supporting the most vulnerable and fragile countries in the Arab Region The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation ITFC on March 25 2021 hosted a virtual roundtable on the second phase of the Aid for Trade Initiative for the Arab States Program AfTIAS 2 0 on the theme Contribution to post COVID 19 economic recovery through inclusive job creation Speakers and contributors to the roundtable highlighted various aspects of the interventions expected from AfTIAS 2 0 namely poverty reduction inclusive job creation strengthening stability in fragile states and reducing migrations The round table was chaired by Eng Hani Salem Sonbol CEO of International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation ITFC and Chairman of the AfTIAS Program Board and with opening remarks by Mr Frederick Agah Yonov Deputy Director General World Trade Organization WTO The series of discussions and contributions kicked off with keynote addresses by Dr Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi Minister of Commerce of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi General Authority for Foreign Trade GAFT Dr Nevin Gamea Minister of Trade and Industry Arab Republic of Egypt and Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin Executive Director Arab Countries International Monetary Fund IMF followed by a brief presentation on the AfTIAS program by ITFC In his opening speech HE Mr Majid Al Qasabi Minister of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority for Foreign Trade reviewed the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in establishing of the Aid for Trade Initiative for the Arab States AfTIAS in its first phase reiterating the importance of promoting trade in the Arab world His Excellency also added The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia looks forward to optimizing the second phase of the AfTIAS program with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness of micro small and medium enterprises in order to increase the sector s contribution to the 20 GDP at 35 in line with the strategic objective of the Vision 2030 of the Kingdom Dr Nevin Gamea Minister of Trade and Industry of the Arab Republic of Egypt also announced Egypt s continued support to the program in its second phase stressing that every effort will be made to ensure the success of the trade promotion program in Arab countries world which is still at low levels compared to other regional trading blocks around the world Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin Executive Director Arab Countries International Monetary Fund IMF explained how AfTIAS 2 0 could improve stability in fragile Arab countries Giving an overview of the economic and trade landscape of the Arab region he stressed that trade can lead to improved future prospects through food security employment domestic incomes and resilience Speaking at the panel discussion Ms Rola Dashti United Nations Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA presented an assessment of the impact of COVID 19 on trade global and in the Arab region in particular by highlighting the challenges to be met Her address was attended by Dr Pamela Coke Hamilton Executive Director of International Trade ITC who presented on business creation and ways to accelerate internationalization for young entrepreneurs in Arab States in a post COVID context Ms Maria Molina Head of the Department of Cooperation with the Arab World and Asia Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development AECID underlined the need to curb migration by creating decent jobs in Arab countries Commenting on the importance of the round table Eng ITFC CEO Hani Salem Sonbol said The COVID 19 pandemic has made it clearer than anything before that today s global challenges do not stop at borders and that cooperation is key to overcome them The conception of AfTIAS 2 0 as a regional program corresponds directly to this vital need for cooperation The CEO called on donor countries and international development organizations to join AfTIAS 2 0 and contribute to the formidable task of supporting the most vulnerable and fragile countries in the Arab region The AfTIAS 2 0 program was designed by ITFC in 2020 in consultation with recipient countries regional and international organizations following the successful completion of the first phase of the program in 2018 AfTIAS 2 0 focuses on inclusiveness A specific objective of AfTIAS 2 0 is to create jobs for young people and women thereby mitigating the negative impact of COVID 19 in the Arab region contributing to stability and alleviating migration problems The program will be officially launched in June 2021 and will run for five years
    Aid for Trade Initiative for Arab States program contributes to post-COVID-19 economic recovery through inclusive job creation
    Africa2 years ago

    Aid for Trade Initiative for Arab States program contributes to post-COVID-19 economic recovery through inclusive job creation

    The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (www.ITFC-IDB.org) hosted a virtual roundtable with high-level speakers from the governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Kingdom of Spain, the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the International Trade Center and and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) on the impact of COVID-19 on trade in the Arab region and new business opportunities in the post-Covid era.

    Eng. ITFC CEO Sonbol: “The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clearer the importance of AfTIAS 2.0”, calling on donor countries and international development organizations to join AfTIAS 2.0 and contribute to the formidable task of supporting the most vulnerable and fragile countries in the Arab Region.

    The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), on March 25, 2021, hosted a virtual roundtable on the second phase of the Aid for Trade Initiative for the Arab States Program (AfTIAS 2.0) on the theme " Contribution to post COVID-19 economic recovery through inclusive job creation. ". Speakers and contributors to the roundtable highlighted various aspects of the interventions expected from AfTIAS 2.0, namely poverty reduction, inclusive job creation, strengthening stability in fragile states and reducing migrations.

    The round table was chaired by Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO of International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) and Chairman of the AfTIAS Program Board and with opening remarks by Mr. Frederick Agah Yonov, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO). The series of discussions and contributions kicked off with keynote addresses by Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, Minister of Commerce of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi General Authority for Foreign Trade (GAFT), Dr Nevin Gamea, Minister of Trade and Industry, Arab Republic of Egypt and Dr.Mahmoud Mohieldin, Executive Director (Arab Countries), International Monetary Fund (IMF), followed by a brief presentation on the AfTIAS program by ITFC.

    In his opening speech, HE Mr. Majid Al-Qasabi, Minister of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority for Foreign Trade, reviewed the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in establishing of the Aid for Trade Initiative for the Arab States. (AfTIAS) in its first phase, reiterating the importance of promoting trade in the Arab world. His Excellency also added: "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia looks forward to optimizing the second phase of the AfTIAS program, with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness of micro, small and medium enterprises, in order to increase the sector's contribution to the 20% GDP. at 35% in line with the strategic objective of the Vision 2030 of the Kingdom. "

    Dr Nevin Gamea, Minister of Trade and Industry of the Arab Republic of Egypt, also announced Egypt's continued support to the program in its second phase, stressing that every effort will be made to ensure the success of the trade promotion program in Arab countries. world, which is still at low levels compared to other regional trading blocks around the world.

    Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin, Executive Director (Arab Countries), International Monetary Fund (IMF), explained how AfTIAS 2.0 could improve stability in fragile Arab countries. Giving an overview of the economic and trade landscape of the Arab region, he stressed that trade can lead to improved future prospects through food security, employment, domestic incomes and resilience.

    Speaking at the panel discussion, Ms. Rola Dashti, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) presented an assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on trade global and in the Arab region in particular, by highlighting the challenges to be met. Her address was attended by Dr Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director of International Trade (ITC), who presented on business creation and ways to accelerate internationalization for young entrepreneurs in Arab States in a post-COVID context. Ms. Maria Molina, Head of the Department of Cooperation with the Arab World and Asia, Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) underlined the need to curb migration by creating decent jobs in Arab countries.

    Commenting on the importance of the round table, Eng. ITFC CEO Hani Salem Sonbol said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clearer than anything before that today's global challenges do not stop at borders and that cooperation is key to overcome them. The conception of AfTIAS 2.0 as a regional program corresponds directly to this vital need for cooperation ”. The CEO called on donor countries and international development organizations to join AfTIAS 2.0 and contribute to the formidable task of supporting the most vulnerable and fragile countries in the Arab region.

    The AfTIAS 2.0 program was designed by ITFC in 2020 in consultation with recipient countries, regional and international organizations, following the successful completion of the first phase of the program in 2018. AfTIAS 2.0 focuses on inclusiveness. A specific objective of AfTIAS 2.0 is to create jobs for young people and women, thereby mitigating the negative impact of COVID-19 in the Arab region, contributing to stability and alleviating migration problems. The program will be officially launched in June 2021 and will run for five years.

  •  The COVID 19 outbreak and unprecedented fluctuations in oil prices caused loss of about 25 percent in major Arab stock markets in the first quarter of 2020 found a study on Thursday The study conducted by UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA and the Union of Arab Banks found that the heightened volatility in oil markets and the pandemic have lowered investors appetite for risk and decreased trading in stock markets investment tourism and remittances inflows rendering future growth prospects bleak ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti called on Arab sovereign wealth funds to participate in boosting regional economic recovery This would actually be a win win measure as shifting part of these funds global investments towards Arab economies would ease the pandemic s repercussions and reduce rampant unemployment while limiting Arab funds exposure to the volatility of international financial markets Dashti said As for the banks in the region the ESCWA and the Union of Arab Banks expected liquidity constraints to adversely affect their deposit growth funding and overall valuation They also expected that the credit to the private sector this year to contract by 14 5 billion U S dollars in Gulf Cooperation Council countries and by 11 3 billion dollars in non oil middle income countries XINHUA
    Major Arab stock markets register 25 pct loss in Q1: study
     The COVID 19 outbreak and unprecedented fluctuations in oil prices caused loss of about 25 percent in major Arab stock markets in the first quarter of 2020 found a study on Thursday The study conducted by UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA and the Union of Arab Banks found that the heightened volatility in oil markets and the pandemic have lowered investors appetite for risk and decreased trading in stock markets investment tourism and remittances inflows rendering future growth prospects bleak ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti called on Arab sovereign wealth funds to participate in boosting regional economic recovery This would actually be a win win measure as shifting part of these funds global investments towards Arab economies would ease the pandemic s repercussions and reduce rampant unemployment while limiting Arab funds exposure to the volatility of international financial markets Dashti said As for the banks in the region the ESCWA and the Union of Arab Banks expected liquidity constraints to adversely affect their deposit growth funding and overall valuation They also expected that the credit to the private sector this year to contract by 14 5 billion U S dollars in Gulf Cooperation Council countries and by 11 3 billion dollars in non oil middle income countries XINHUA
    Major Arab stock markets register 25 pct loss in Q1: study
    Foreign2 years ago

    Major Arab stock markets register 25 pct loss in Q1: study

    The COVID-19 outbreak and unprecedented fluctuations in oil prices caused loss of about 25 percent in major Arab stock markets in the first quarter of 2020, found a study on Thursday.

    The study, conducted by UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the Union of Arab Banks, found that the heightened volatility in oil markets and the pandemic "have lowered investors' appetite for risk and decreased trading in stock markets, investment, tourism and remittances inflows, rendering future growth prospects bleak."

    ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti called on Arab sovereign wealth funds to participate in boosting regional economic recovery.

    "This would actually be a win-win measure, as shifting part of these funds' global investments towards Arab economies would ease the pandemic's repercussions and reduce rampant unemployment, while limiting Arab funds' exposure to the volatility of international financial markets," Dashti said.

    As for the banks in the region, the ESCWA and the Union of Arab Banks expected liquidity constraints to adversely affect their deposit growth, funding and overall valuation.

    They also expected that the credit to the private sector this year to contract by 14.5 billion U.S. dollars in Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and by 11.3 billion dollars in non-oil middle-income countries.


    (XINHUA)

  •  Around 74 million in the water scarce Arab region are at risk of contracting COVID 19 due to lack of access to handwashing facilities a United Nations agency warned on Wednesday Washing hands with water and soap is seen as the best prevention against the potentially fatal disease This simple act proves to be difficult in a region where 74 million people lack access to a basic handwashing facility the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA said in a report About 87 million people in the region also lack access to an improved drinking water source in their homes according to the report The shortage exposes them to a greater risk of contagion as they are forced to collect water daily from a public source the agency said It is urgent to ensure access to clean water and sanitation services to everyone everywhere at no cost for those who cannot afford it in order to avoid further spread of the coronavirus ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti said She added that refugees and people living in the Arab region s conflict areas are especially at risk In the Gaza Strip one of the most densely populated areas in the world only 1 in 10 households has access to clean water the official said An estimated 26 million refugees and internally displaced persons in the region are also at a greater risk of contracting COVID 19 Dashti added that access to water should not be used as a weapon of war Several Arab countries including Syria and Yemen are in the grip of years long feuds that have roiled their economies and health facilities dpa
    74m in Arab region prone to contracting COVID-19 -UN
     Around 74 million in the water scarce Arab region are at risk of contracting COVID 19 due to lack of access to handwashing facilities a United Nations agency warned on Wednesday Washing hands with water and soap is seen as the best prevention against the potentially fatal disease This simple act proves to be difficult in a region where 74 million people lack access to a basic handwashing facility the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA said in a report About 87 million people in the region also lack access to an improved drinking water source in their homes according to the report The shortage exposes them to a greater risk of contagion as they are forced to collect water daily from a public source the agency said It is urgent to ensure access to clean water and sanitation services to everyone everywhere at no cost for those who cannot afford it in order to avoid further spread of the coronavirus ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti said She added that refugees and people living in the Arab region s conflict areas are especially at risk In the Gaza Strip one of the most densely populated areas in the world only 1 in 10 households has access to clean water the official said An estimated 26 million refugees and internally displaced persons in the region are also at a greater risk of contracting COVID 19 Dashti added that access to water should not be used as a weapon of war Several Arab countries including Syria and Yemen are in the grip of years long feuds that have roiled their economies and health facilities dpa
    74m in Arab region prone to contracting COVID-19 -UN
    Health2 years ago

    74m in Arab region prone to contracting COVID-19 -UN

    Around 74 million in the water-scarce Arab region are at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to lack of access to handwashing facilities, a United Nations agency warned on Wednesday.

    Washing hands with water and soap is seen as the best prevention against the potentially fatal disease.

    “This simple act proves to be difficult in a region where 74 million people lack access to a basic handwashing facility,” the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) said in a report.

    About 87 million people in the region also lack access to an improved drinking water source in their homes, according to the report.

    The shortage exposes them to a greater risk of contagion as they are forced to collect water daily from a public source, the agency said.

    “It is urgent to ensure access to clean water and sanitation services to everyone everywhere, at no cost for those who cannot afford it, in order to avoid further spread of the coronavirus,” ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti said.

    She added that refugees and people living in the Arab region’s conflict areas are especially at risk.

    “In the Gaza Strip, one of the most densely populated areas in the world, only 1 in 10 households has access to clean water,” the official said.

    “An estimated 26 million refugees and internally displaced persons in the region are also at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19.”

    Dashti added that access to water should not be used as a “weapon of war.”

    Several Arab countries including Syria and Yemen are in the grip of years-long feuds that have roiled their economies and health facilities. (dpa)

  •  Around 74 million in the water scarce Arab region are at risk of contracting COVID 19 due to lack of access to handwashing facilities a United Nations agency warned on Wednesday Washing hands with water and soap is seen as the best prevention against the potentially fatal disease This simple act proves to be difficult in a region where 74 million people lack access to a basic handwashing facility the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA said in a report About 87 million people in the region also lack access to an improved drinking water source in their homes according to the report The shortage exposes them to a greater risk of contagion as they are forced to collect water daily from a public source the agency said It is urgent to ensure access to clean water and sanitation services to everyone everywhere at no cost for those who cannot afford it in order to avoid further spread of the coronavirus ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti said She added that refugees and people living in the Arab region s conflict areas are especially at risk In the Gaza Strip one of the most densely populated areas in the world only 1 in 10 households has access to clean water the official said An estimated 26 million refugees and internally displaced persons in the region are also at a greater risk of contracting COVID 19 Dashti added that access to water should not be used as a weapon of war Several Arab countries including Syria and Yemen are in the grip of years long feuds that have roiled their economies and health facilities Edited By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    74m people in Arab region at risk of contracting COVID-19, says UN agency
     Around 74 million in the water scarce Arab region are at risk of contracting COVID 19 due to lack of access to handwashing facilities a United Nations agency warned on Wednesday Washing hands with water and soap is seen as the best prevention against the potentially fatal disease This simple act proves to be difficult in a region where 74 million people lack access to a basic handwashing facility the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA said in a report About 87 million people in the region also lack access to an improved drinking water source in their homes according to the report The shortage exposes them to a greater risk of contagion as they are forced to collect water daily from a public source the agency said It is urgent to ensure access to clean water and sanitation services to everyone everywhere at no cost for those who cannot afford it in order to avoid further spread of the coronavirus ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti said She added that refugees and people living in the Arab region s conflict areas are especially at risk In the Gaza Strip one of the most densely populated areas in the world only 1 in 10 households has access to clean water the official said An estimated 26 million refugees and internally displaced persons in the region are also at a greater risk of contracting COVID 19 Dashti added that access to water should not be used as a weapon of war Several Arab countries including Syria and Yemen are in the grip of years long feuds that have roiled their economies and health facilities Edited By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    74m people in Arab region at risk of contracting COVID-19, says UN agency
    Foreign2 years ago

    74m people in Arab region at risk of contracting COVID-19, says UN agency

    Around 74 million in the water-scarce Arab region are at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to lack of access to handwashing facilities, a United Nations agency warned on Wednesday.Washing hands with water and soap is seen as the best prevention against the potentially fatal disease.“This simple act proves to be difficult in a region where 74 million people lack access to a basic handwashing facility,” the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) said in a report.About 87 million people in the region also lack access to an improved drinking water source in their homes, according to the report.The shortage exposes them to a greater risk of contagion as they are forced to collect water daily from a public source, the agency said.“It is urgent to ensure access to clean water and sanitation services to everyone everywhere, at no cost for those who cannot afford it, in order to avoid further spread of the coronavirus,” ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti said.She added that refugees and people living in the Arab region’s conflict areas are especially at risk.“In the Gaza Strip, one of the most densely populated areas in the world, only 1 in 10 households has access to clean water,” the official said.“An estimated 26 million refugees and internally displaced persons in the region are also at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19.”Dashti added that access to water should not be used as a “weapon of war.”Several Arab countries including Syria and Yemen are in the grip of years-long feuds that have roiled their economies and health facilities.Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

  •   An additional 8 3 million people will fall into poverty in the Arab region due to the Covid 19 outbreak a UN agency warned on Wednesday Many Arab countries have recently adopted tighter restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus that causes the potentially fatal respiratory disease The steps include shutdowns of businesses and lockdowns of residential areas The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA said in a statement that increased poverty could raise the number of undernourished people in the Arab world by some two million The consequences of this crisis will be particularly severe on vulnerable groups especially women and young adults and those working in the informal sector who have no access to social protection and unemployment insurance Rola Dashti the ESCWA Executive Secretary said Dashto called on Arab countries to ensure a swift emergency response to protect their people from falling into poverty due to the impact of the virus The regional emergency response must support national efforts and mobilize resources and expertise to protect the poor and vulnerable she added With today s estimates a total of 101 4 million people in the Arab region could be classified as poor and 52 million as undernourished according to the agency ESCWA comprises 18 Arab countries Bahrain Egypt Iraq Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Libya Morocco Mauritania Oman the Palestinian Territories Qatar Saudi Arabia Sudan Syria Tunisia the United Arab Emirates and Yemen Edited By Fatima Sule Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    UN says COVID-19 to plunge 8.3m more into poverty in Arab region   
      An additional 8 3 million people will fall into poverty in the Arab region due to the Covid 19 outbreak a UN agency warned on Wednesday Many Arab countries have recently adopted tighter restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus that causes the potentially fatal respiratory disease The steps include shutdowns of businesses and lockdowns of residential areas The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA said in a statement that increased poverty could raise the number of undernourished people in the Arab world by some two million The consequences of this crisis will be particularly severe on vulnerable groups especially women and young adults and those working in the informal sector who have no access to social protection and unemployment insurance Rola Dashti the ESCWA Executive Secretary said Dashto called on Arab countries to ensure a swift emergency response to protect their people from falling into poverty due to the impact of the virus The regional emergency response must support national efforts and mobilize resources and expertise to protect the poor and vulnerable she added With today s estimates a total of 101 4 million people in the Arab region could be classified as poor and 52 million as undernourished according to the agency ESCWA comprises 18 Arab countries Bahrain Egypt Iraq Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Libya Morocco Mauritania Oman the Palestinian Territories Qatar Saudi Arabia Sudan Syria Tunisia the United Arab Emirates and Yemen Edited By Fatima Sule Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    UN says COVID-19 to plunge 8.3m more into poverty in Arab region   
    Foreign3 years ago

    UN says COVID-19 to plunge 8.3m more into poverty in Arab region   

      An additional 8.3 million people will fall into poverty in the Arab region due to the Covid-19 outbreak, a UN agency warned on Wednesday.

    Many Arab countries have recently adopted tighter restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus that causes the potentially fatal respiratory disease.

    The steps include shutdowns of businesses and lockdowns of residential areas.

    The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) said in a statement that increased poverty could raise the number of undernourished people in the Arab world by some two million.

    “The consequences of this crisis will be particularly severe on vulnerable groups, especially women and young adults, and those working in the informal sector who have no access to social protection and unemployment insurance,” Rola Dashti, the ESCWA Executive Secretary, said.

    Dashto called on Arab countries to ensure a swift emergency response to protect their people from falling into poverty due to the impact of the virus.

    “The regional emergency response must support national efforts and mobilize resources and expertise to protect the poor and vulnerable,” she added.

    With today’s estimates, a total of 101.4 million people in the Arab region could be classified as poor, and 52 million as undernourished, according to the agency.

    ESCWA comprises 18 Arab countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.


    Edited By: Fatima Sule/Isaac Aregbesola
    (NAN)

     

  •  Qatar says the best way to resolve the issues of refugees and migration is to eliminate the major causes that forced those to leave their home countries Qatar news agency QNA reported on Friday Qatar s Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Al Marri stated this in Doha in his speech at the opening session of the regional consultative meeting on international migration Al Marri said that factors responsible for migration are conflicts marginalisation economic and social weaknesses as well as instability He said that Qatar would continue to support the efforts made by the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia ESCWA and others to reach global consensus on the issue of refugees for the benefit of the international community Others are the Arab League and International Organisation for Migration IOM Eighteen Arab countries make up ESCWA and it is aimed at promoting economic and social development in western Asia through regional and sub regional cooperation and integration Edited by Fatima Sule Abdullahi Yusuf NAN
    Qatar calls for conflict settlement to end migration issues
     Qatar says the best way to resolve the issues of refugees and migration is to eliminate the major causes that forced those to leave their home countries Qatar news agency QNA reported on Friday Qatar s Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Al Marri stated this in Doha in his speech at the opening session of the regional consultative meeting on international migration Al Marri said that factors responsible for migration are conflicts marginalisation economic and social weaknesses as well as instability He said that Qatar would continue to support the efforts made by the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia ESCWA and others to reach global consensus on the issue of refugees for the benefit of the international community Others are the Arab League and International Organisation for Migration IOM Eighteen Arab countries make up ESCWA and it is aimed at promoting economic and social development in western Asia through regional and sub regional cooperation and integration Edited by Fatima Sule Abdullahi Yusuf NAN
    Qatar calls for conflict settlement to end migration issues
    Foreign5 years ago

    Qatar calls for conflict settlement to end migration issues

    Qatar says the best way to resolve the issues of refugees and migration is to eliminate the major causes that forced those to leave their home countries, Qatar news agency(QNA) reported on Friday.

    Qatar’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Al-Marri, stated this in Doha in his speech at the opening session of the regional consultative meeting on international migration.

    Al-Marri said that factors responsible for migration are conflicts, marginalisation, economic and social weaknesses as well as instability.

    He said that Qatar would continue to support the efforts made by the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) and others to reach global consensus on the issue of refugees for the benefit of the international community.

    Others are the Arab League and International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

    Eighteen Arab countries make up ESCWA and it is aimed at promoting economic and social development in western Asia through regional and sub-regional cooperation and integration.

    Edited by: Fatima Sule/Abdullahi Yusuf
    (NAN)

  •   UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres asked the U N Regional Commission that represents most Arab countries to remove a report accusing Israel of practising apartheid regime against Palestinians from its website U N official said on Friday The report for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA which comprises 18 Arab states concluded that Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole The accusation often directed against Israel by its critics has never before been made by a UN body U N spokesman Stephane Dujarric has said that the report was published without prior consultation with the U N Secretariat Israel s foreign ministry spokesman likened the report to a Nazi propaganda publication that was strongly anti Semitic and described it as despicable and a blatant lie The U S Israel s main ally said it was outraged by the report The report was still visible on ESCWA s website as at Friday Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Idahosa Asowata NAN
    U.N. chief wants report accusing Israel of apartheid taken off web
      UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres asked the U N Regional Commission that represents most Arab countries to remove a report accusing Israel of practising apartheid regime against Palestinians from its website U N official said on Friday The report for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA which comprises 18 Arab states concluded that Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole The accusation often directed against Israel by its critics has never before been made by a UN body U N spokesman Stephane Dujarric has said that the report was published without prior consultation with the U N Secretariat Israel s foreign ministry spokesman likened the report to a Nazi propaganda publication that was strongly anti Semitic and described it as despicable and a blatant lie The U S Israel s main ally said it was outraged by the report The report was still visible on ESCWA s website as at Friday Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Idahosa Asowata NAN
    U.N. chief wants report accusing Israel of apartheid taken off web
    Foreign6 years ago

    U.N. chief wants report accusing Israel of apartheid taken off web

      UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked the U.N. Regional Commission that represents most Arab countries to remove a report accusing Israel of practising apartheid regime against Palestinians from its website, U.N. official said on Friday.

    The report for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which comprises 18 Arab states, concluded that “Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole.’’

    The accusation often directed against Israel by its critics has never before been made by a UN body.

    U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric has said that the report was published without prior consultation with the U.N. Secretariat.

    Israel’s foreign ministry spokesman likened the report to a Nazi propaganda publication that was strongly anti-Semitic and described it as “despicable and a blatant lie.”

    The U.S., Israel’s main ally, said it was outraged by the report.

    The report was still visible on ESCWA’s website as at Friday.

    Edited by: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Idahosa Asowata
    (NAN)