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United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has crossed one million.

urging greater efforts to tackle the outbreak and deal with the deteriorating health situation in the war-torn nation.

“The epidemic is not yet over and more concerted efforts need to be deployed to ensure that it is controlled in the immediate term and prevented from reoccurring in the near future,” WHO spokesperson Tarik Jašarevic told a press briefing in Geneva.

Responding to the deadly outbreak in late April, WHO set up treatment centres, provided supplies, trained health workers, and worked with local communities on ways to prevent the disease.

These efforts resulted in tens of thousands of lives being saved.

According to WHO, 99.7 per cent of the people who became sick with suspected cholera and who could access health services survived.

The UN agency continues to support dehydration treatment centres across the country as well as collect stool samples for lab testing, transport them to labs, meet operational costs and make available supplies and reagents.

It also continues surveillance, detection and treatment work.

By|Hue Gey

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Saturday that the Organization stands ready to provide a support to the Philippines  who are facing a strong disaster caused by the Tropical Storm Tembin.

Secretary-General Guterres] salutes the efforts of the national rescue and recovery teams as well as volunteers who are operating under difficult conditions,” said a statement attributable to Mr. Guterres' spokesperson.

“The UN stands ready to support the local and national authorities, in addition to the support already being provided by humanitarian partners,” the statement added.

 

Tropical Storm Tembin – known locally as “Vinta” – made landfall in Davao Oriental in southern Philippines on 22 December and crossed various provinces across Mindanao causing flash floods and landslides, which rendered several roads impassable.

It is announced that at least 75 people were killed and dozens more are reported missing. The Storm also displaced thousands of people, and damaged homes and infrastructure.

According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OHCA), 151 evacuation centres have been set up but the number of displaced persons could rise as information from the field comes in.

In the statement, the UN chief also offered his sympathies to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

 

NewYork

 

   The United Nations Security Council today imposed new sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), increasing the depth of measures imposed on the country in the wake of its continued nuclear and ballistic weapons programme, including the ballistic missile launch on 28 November.

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member Council also decided that all UN Member States shall “prohibit” the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to the DPRK of crude oil, refined petroleum products, and various types of equipment and raw materials.

The restrictions also applied with respect to the Member States’ territories, nationals, flagged vessels, aircraft, pipelines, rail lines, or vehicles and whether or not originating in their territories.

The Security Council also decided that Member States shall repatriate all DPRK nationals earning income in that Member State’s jurisdiction and all DPRK government safety oversight attachés monitoring DPRK workers abroad “immediately but no later than 24 months,” unless the Member State determined that the national’s repatriation is prohibited under applicable national and international law, or if that national is a national of that Member State.

Further, in relation to maritime interdiction of cargo vessels, the Council decided that Member States shall seize, inspect, and impound any vessel in their ports if the Member State has reasonable grounds to believe that the vessel was involved in activities, or the transport of items, prohibited by relevant UN resolutions.

On the political side, the Security Council expressed its “deep concern” at the grave hardship that the people in the DPRK are subjected to and condemns the country for pursuing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles instead of the welfare of its people.

Also in the resolution, the Council affirmed that it shall keep the country’s actions under “continuous review” and that it is determined to take further “significant measures” in the event of a further nuclear test or launch.

New Yourk

By|Fadel Nazem

 

United Nation Secretary-General ,Mr.Antonio Guterres has appointed Maimunah Mohd Sharif of Malaysia as new executive director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), which promotes environmentally sustainable cities aimed at providing adequate shelter for all.
The appointment was made following her election by the UN General Assembly.


Sharif, who succeeds Joan Clos of Spain as the head of Nairobi-based UN-Habitat, is currently mayor of Penang Island, Malaysia.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in town planning studies from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology and a Master’s degree in planning studies from the Malaysia Science University.

By| Hue Gey

Riyadh - SPA

     Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir, The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, received today Naser Al-Hariri, Chairman of the Syrian opposition and negotiating body,with an accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, both sides of Saudi Arabia and Syrians discussed the latest developments at the Syrian arena in addition to ways of achieving the Syrian people's aspirations.

It is announced that the visit came within the framework of consultation between the Syrian opposition and the Saudi government in the repercussions of the recent events in Syria, especially after the liberation of the country from the terrorists and discuss the results of the conferences in Astana and Geneva and ways to reach a solution to the Syrian crisis.


Saudi Arabia is beginning to support a quick solution to Syria and agree to the stay of the President with the need to fair negotiation to reach a solution between the opposition and the Syrian regime.

 

By|Abeer Almadawy


Ismailia

   During the opening of number national mega projects in Ismailia and Port Said Governorates, the Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi  said during his speech Egyptians that the Egyptian borders are safe and secured ,as well there is no danger to them and no one dare to approach them because there is a strong army will defend them for the last drop of blood.


"We are a country that respects the rights of all peoples and we are not greedy. We don't seek to take the wealth of others  or have a greed attitude in their lands, and therefore we can defend our lands and borders very well and there is no fear at all.


The President promised to eliminate terrorism in Sinai and to end this problem very soon. Alsisi also praised the role of Sinai Egyptians in dealing with the army and the police in the process of fighting the terrorism.by this occasion the president said the state starts the road of development in Sinai with 100 Billions ...as he affirmed that Sinai is Egyptian lands and won't leave a point of its dust to any one.


From other point ,The president stressed that we are in a real war with terrorism and we do not fight against the opposition because the terrorists are mostly non-Egyptian nationalities and possess smuggled weapons supported by countries that finance terrorism and send it to us to destabilize Egypt ... But I am not afraid of them or others because we are a strong country and united , Egyptians are one hand.

 


This speech  of  high excellence President Abdul Fattah Alsisi has come during the  Opening of a number of mega projects in the governorates of Ismailia and Port Said

And this through the opening of several floating bridges linking the east of the canal in the West to facilitate the movement of the people of Sinai

And will also inspect the stages of the completion of the four tunnels that will link Sinai with its Egyptian depth, which passes under the Suez Canal and are established by the Engineering Corps in the armed forces with Egyptian engineering companies and international expertise.

 

The President will also complete the opening of the second phase of the fish farms projects in Port Said and Suez .This will also announce other openings for productive projects for the eastern coastal governorates of Egypt in the framework of the development plan presented by President Sisi since he took office in 2014.

 

ISLAMABAD

By|Tony wild Speakers

  In an International Conference for Global economy ,

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq  on Sunday said Pakistan had lost over 119 billion dollars of its economy since 9/11 due the war and terrorism.

 “The colossal damage to global economy can be gauged from the fact that since 9/11, Pakistan, alone, has suffered a loss of over 119 billion US dollars to its economy because of such cowardly attacks.” Sadiq said


He added that the problem had been aggravated further by the corresponding rise in the illicit drug trade, which had largely remained unchecked and throbbed as the major source of terror financing.
“Why has the global coalition against terrorism consistently failed to control and destroy the booming poppy cultivation? The increased production facilities and the expanding drug trade is a question that many fail to answer” he said.
Ayaz Sadiq termed the gathering of six countries speakers in Islamabad as a historic occasion and noted that the parliamentary heads of these nations had arrived here for the first time to reaffirm their commitment to shared peace and prosperity and forge new grounds of mutual cooperation.


“It is a defining moment when we, the chosen representatives, take a giant step to meet the aspirations of our people to live side by side in respect, trust and friendship”, he added.
“It is a new turning in the dictum’s of multilateralism when parliamentary diplomacy leads the executive towards a new regional alliance for collectively addressing the common challenges,” he added.


He said the representatives of the six countries has assembled here, represented a quarter of the total humanity on this planet and 3 percent total force.
“Three countries among us, namely China, Russian Federation and Iran, rank among the top six nations with the largest deposits of natural resources in the world”, he observed.
The speaker said that China and Pakistan alone provide half of the world’s cotton adding, “The untapped resources of Afghanistan could make it the richest mining region on Earth while its mastery in infrastructural construction industry has brought Turkey to the top rankings in the world.”


Ayaz Sadiq said that the post cold-war world had proved to be more dangerous and insecure than the bipolar era.
On one side, the rise of unipolarism has given way to unilateralism and global hegemony, while on the other, the ideals of respect for international borders and nations’ sovereignty are in danger with the introduction of the phenomenon of non-state actors, he added.


He said that the seemingly unending spate of terrorist attacks during the last ten years has rocked every corner of the world, claiming over two hundred thousand lives.
“Almost half of these unfortunate victims were from our region”, he added.


Ayaz said, “Most of our respective countries have faced the maximum brunt either through the Al-Qaida, the Taliban, the East Turkistan Islamic Movement and now the eminent threat of the DAAISH.”
He said that innocent men, women and children across continents have been displaced and forced to leave their lands. Of the five top countries in the world, hosting largest number of refugees, three are represented here; namely Turkey, Pakistan and Iran.
He said, “Although, religious fanaticism has been often cited as the main cause of global terrorism, let us not forget that that rise of the Populist Right and the sanctioning of oppression have also added fuel to the mayhem.”


“From the burning fields of the Middle East to the denial of fundamental right of self-determination in Kashmir, the world has failed to address the root-causes of extremism” he added.

He said, “The recent controversy, created around the status of the Holy city of Jerusalem is not only a move to violate the International Law and the related UN resolutions but also a deliberate attempt to undermine the peace efforts. It is a move to divide the people of the world further and fan religious animosity.”


Ayaz said, “The 18th December’s fateful vote in the Security Council, where 14 countries could not convince one country to show respect to the plight of the Palestinian people further reminds us that the world needs a more just and equitable order, based on respect for principles and ethics.”


These are the very challenges, which pose a direct threat to our respective nations; in fact the very existence of our countries,our mosques, temples and churches, our schools and places of work and our homes are under attack, he maintained.


“In our respective capacities as parliamentarians, we are trained to iron out differences and create accords out of discords,” he added.
He said this was also the beauty of parliamentary diplomacy through which the real representatives of the people could negotiate peaceful settlements of all outstanding disputes, this should be the spirit of this Conference as well.
He said that the overall mutual trade volume of six countries gathered here was just 366 billion dollars for the year 2016, which was merely 2 percent of the entire global trade volume.


“We must turn it around. I am fully aware that the dark clouds of terrorism in the region hinder our path. But let us not forget that there are silver linings as well. By sharing our experiences on platforms like this conference, we can collectively offer most viable solutions to contemporary problems,” he added.
Underlining the need to condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, he said Pakistan had repeatedly called for negotiated settlements of all disputes, which plagued humanity and advocated home grown solutions to the regional problems.

 

 

Source|The Pakistan agency for News 

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