UN announces 2024 as International Year of Camelids

UN announces 2024 as International Year of Camelids
Camels are pictured with a drone during the annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Rumah, some 160 kilometres east of Riyadh, on January 7, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 17 August 2020

UN announces 2024 as International Year of Camelids

UN announces 2024 as International Year of Camelids
  • The initiative by the UN General Assembly was made after a recommendation by the FAO

JEDDAH: The UN has designated 2024 as International Year of Camelids to highlight their important role in communities.

The UN allocated the year within its policy of identifying and allocating years to specific themes to focus the world’s attention to them. The initiative was welcomed by Fahad F. Bin Hithleen, founder and president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), a non-profit organization.

The ICO's board of directors and members are keen to ensure that programs and events are in line with the goals set by the UN for the International Year of Camelids, Bin Hithleen said.

Important goals include the protection of ecosystems, combating desertification, stopping land degradation and biodiversity loss, ensuring the provision of food security, improved nutrition and sustainable agriculture, in cooperation with international organizations and associations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

The initiative by the UN General Assembly was made after a recommendation by the FAO.


Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone

Updated 04 December 2020

Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone

Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone

RIYADH: The Arab coalition on Friday morning said it had intercepted a Houthi drone launched by the militia in Yemen.
Brigadier General Turki Al-Malki said in a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency, “Joint Coalition Forces have intercepted and destroyed this morning (Friday) a bomb-laden UAV launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in the Southern Region.”  
The Houthi militia has recently intensified the use of explosive and reconnaissance drones, which a UN committee of experts said earlier was assembled from external components and shipped to Yemen.
On Tuesday, a Houthi missile attack killed two children and injured 12 more people in north Taiz.
A day earlier, Houthis fired a ballistic missile from Amran that landed in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.
The Houthis are continuing to threaten civilian lives with their actions, the coalition said.
Last week, the coalition destroyed five Houthi mines in the Red Sea and that the mines used, the Sadaf, are manufactured by Iran,  Al-Ekhbariya reported.
The coalition said the ongoing Houthi hostilities threaten maritime security.