Arab stance on pollution sought

Updated 07 November 2014
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Arab stance on pollution sought

The undersecretary of Meteorology and Environment Protection for Environment and Sustainable Development Affairs, Abdul Bassette Al-Sairafi, has urged all Arab countries to take a unified stance against the high pollution rates and develop a clear strategy to face environment challenges.
“There have been some environmental improvements over the past 40 years. However, there is evidence which reveals that the current environmental challenges require stronger efforts to increase green areas and protect natural resources,” Al-Sairafi said in his opening speech at the first session of the Arab Joint Ministerial Committee meeting for environment and sustainable development of Arab countries which was held in Jeddah on Sunday.
He said that adverse environmental changes had raised concerns among Arab countries which had resulted in the adoption of the recommendations of international conventions and protocols in order to protect the environment from natural disasters such as desertification and the negative effects of climate change. The committee discussed in addition, a number of important topics like the oil pollution of Lebanese shores and following up on the implementation of the Arab environment summits’ decisions in addition to other topics including the environment and sustainable development.
The meeting also discussed the implementation of the resolutions of the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD), the Sustainable Development Initiative in the Arab region and the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development. The meeting further discussed the Arab strategy to reduce the risks of disasters.
A-Sairafi highlighted the importance of the Montreal Protocol and the Vienna Convention for Ozone Layer Protection. He appealed to the countries which had adopted the protocol to exert more efforts and take a unified stance to protect their environmental interests prior to attending the 26th conference of the Montreal Protocol and the Vienna Convention for Ozone Layer Protection which will be held in Paris from Nov. 17 to 21.
The executive office of the Arab Council of Environment Ministers will hold its meeting next Saturday with the attendance of eight ministers which will be followed by the meeting of Arab ministers for environmental affairs on Sunday and Monday.


Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

A worker unloads aid packages from a Saudi air force cargo plane, at an airfield in the northern province of Marib, Yemen, in this January 22, 2018 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 23 July 2018
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Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

  • The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control

JEDDAH: The Yemen Scholars Association on Saturday blamed the Iranian-backed Houthi militias for the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
The associated accused the Houthis of looting humanitarian aid.
According to the Yemeni scholars, Houthi actions have resulted in the suspension of salaries of hundreds of thousands of employees for nearly two years.
The Association praised the efforts and humanitarian support of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), which provides, directly and indirectly, most of the humanitarian relief support for the Yemeni people.
The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control.
According to a human rights report, At least 113 people have been tortured to death in detention centers in Yemen run by the Houthis since the coup began
Yemeni Human Rights Minister Mohammed Askar told Arab News that the figures in the report were only estimates and that the real figures were much higher.