Monthly Archives: January 2016

Two enemy warplanes circle over various Leb…

NNA – Two Israeli warplanes breached the national airspace at 10:40 a.m. over the town of Kfarkila in the South, circled over various regions of Lebanon, and then left at 13:00hrs flying over sea, west of al-Naqoura,” a Lebanese Army communiqué indicated on Sunday.

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Statement by Ministers Bennett and Tootoo and Parliamentary Secretary Yvonne Jones Following Northern Lights Business and Cultural Showcase

Ottawa, Onraio (January 31, 2016) – The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Yvonne Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs issued the following statement today following the conclusion of the Northern Lights 2016 Business and Cultural Showcase:

“Over the past few days, hundreds of Canadians have had the pleasure of experiencing Northern culture and art, and have learned about the growing economic opportunities that are shaping Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, and Labrador.

When residents of the Arctic come to speak in the South, it helps to broaden understanding about Canada’s North and to grow our Northern networks so we can all work together more effectively for positive change.

It has been exciting and inspiring to see the breadth of stakeholders and interest groups that converged at the conference to talk about areas of mutual interest from arts, culture, and history to economic development, Arctic science and tourism. This reminds us not only of the North’s majesty but also of the beauty, ingenuity and dignity of its people who have played a fundamental role in Canada’s history, culture, and economic prosperity.

We are encouraged by the spirit of collaboration shared by those we met and spoke with this week and know that their inclusion and engagement in shaping our future Canada will be of benefit to all Canadians.”

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“Take strong ownership” of development, climate goals, Ban urges Africa

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sees the impact of drought and El Nino for himself, on a field trip to the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Credit: WFP Media.

African leaders need to “take strong ownership” and put into place the global agreements made on climate change and sustainable development.

That’s according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking at a press conference at the 26th African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

He said the Paris climate change agreement to limit global warming  “promises great gains” for the continent.

Matthew Wells reports.

Mr Ban said he hoped to see as many African leaders as possible attend the official signing of the Paris agreement at UN headquarters on April 22.

Following his press conference, he took a field trip, together with the Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia and chief of the World Food Programme (WFP) to see for himself the impact of drought and the El Nino weather phenomenon which has created huge food insecurity and health challenges for much of Africa in recent months.

The unprecedented environmental challenges facing the world were inextricably linked to an unprecedented array of political problems he said, pointing out that 37 countries were in crisis, leaving 120 million people in need of humanitarian aid.

The UN lacked the funds to help everyone he added, saying that it was essential, especially in Africa, for leaders to show respect for “human dignity and good governance.”

Crises will only get worse, allowing violent extremism to flourish, if governments ignore basic human rights he said.

He acknowledged concerns that the UN itself had work to do on reform, in particular the Security Council, where the veto power of just five permanent members controls much of the vital decision-making.

He said that most agreed that other countries deserved more say, but how to do it, was hugely complicated.

“When Member States are engaging based on their national and regional interests,” he warned, Security Council reform will not be realised.

In his final year serving as Secretary-General, Mr Ban told reporters that this final AU summit was an “emotional moment”. But he promised to return many times through the year, and continue to work hard on African issues, until his final day in office.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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Ban urges world to support Ethiopia&#39s efforts to battle worst drought in 30 years

31 January 2016 – The international community must stand with the people of Ethiopia in their time of need, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging donors gathered in Addis Ababa to step up assistance to the drought-hit country, which is battling the effects of one of the most powerful El Niño events in recorded history, made worse by the impact of climate change.

&#8220The people of this beautiful country are facing their worst drought in thirty years,&#8221 Mr. Ban told participants at a donors humanitarian round table convened in the Ethiopian capital in the margins of the 26th African Union Summit. Later today, the Secretary-General is expected to visit drought-stricken areas of the country.

In the Ethiopian capital, he told the donors’ meeting that the scale of the emergency is too much for any single Government. &#8220The impact of El Niño is unpredictable, but experts say it is likely to affect food security for the next two years,&#8221 he stressed.

&#8220The Government of Ethiopia has shown remarkable leadership in this drought response. It has made the greatest financial contribution, allocating more than $381 million to the crisis so far,&#8221 said the UN chief, noting that the Government-managed Productive Safety Net Programme, in partnership with the World Bank, aims to assist some eight million people with emergency food and cash transfers.

Yet, while the United Nations boosted early action through some $25 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in 2015, more is urgently needed. &#8220Immediate support for Ethiopia will save lives and avoid preventable suffering. Immediate support will also safeguard the impressive development gains that Ethiopia has made over the past years and decades, Mr. Ban explained.

Such support would also strengthen Ethiopia’s national distribution channels and social support networks, and build resilience for the future, he underscored.

Noting that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by UN Member States last year are based on the promise to leave no one behind, the Secretary-General said that humanitarian crises are the main reason why some 100 million people are currently &#8220left far behind,&#8221 in the Horn of Africa and elsewhere.

&#8220The World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on 23 and 24 May will be an opportunity to ensure that we start supporting those furthest behind first,&#8221 he noted and expressed the hope that the participants at today’s event are already engaged in the Summit process. &#8220We need to hear your voices in Istanbul,&#8221 he said.

By contributing to humanitarian aid, donors are helping to fulfil the international community’s pledge to the most vulnerable. Support for the Ethiopian Government and people through the current crisis will be a critical test of our commitment to implementing the SDGs, stressed the UN chief.

&#8220We face unrelenting humanitarian needs around the world. Many are generated by conflict and displacement. These human-made crises are extremely difficult to resolve and can last for years or even decade,&#8221 he noted, but stressed that the needs generated by El Niño are limited. &#8220We know it will pass, and the situation will improve. This crisis will end.&#8221

&#8220Until it does, I urge you to make the investment that is needed now, to support the Ethiopian Government and people through the difficult times ahead, and to build for the future,&#8221 said the Secretary-General.

Mr. Ban’s appeal echoes similar calls from throughout the United Nations system for the world to scale up its support for the Ethiopian Government’s efforts. In early December 2015, the heads of four UN humanitarian bodies appealed for massive international funding now to pre-empt the high risk of large scale suffering later.

&#8220We know this is coming. We know how to prevent it. We simply have to act, now,&#8221 they wrote in an opinion article for the Huffington Post.

&#8220So far, donors have provided an additional $200 million in aid, but there are early indications that the amount needed to make sure lives are not lost could be around $1 billion. Ethiopia needs that money now, if we are to avert a second tragedy in 30 years,&#8221 they added, referring to the catastrophic drought that killed hundreds of thousands from 1983 to 1985.

The four senior officials &#8211 UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA) Stephen O’Brien, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres, UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake &#8211 stressed that Ethiopia is far different from 30 years ago and its Government is now leading the way with decisive action.

&#8220With the leadership of the Government and the support of the international community, Ethiopians can survive this crisis,&#8221 they wrote, noting that back-to-back droughts exacerbated by the strongest El Niño phenomenon on record have put millions of people in need of Government support.

Raad: party pressing ahead for equitable legislation

NNA – Party would press ahead for drafting equitable legislation that grants neither confession nor group or individual any leverage over other people, head of Hezbollah’s parliamentarian Bloc Muhammad Raad, stated today during the funeral of a slain party member in Mayfadoun South Lebanon in presence of party, municipal officials and clerics.

Treason or stabbing in the back by certain Lebanese bars prospects for working together in pursuit of a fresh constitution prone to reorganize our constitutional, legal, social and economic life Raad exclaimed.

As we strive domestically speaking to set the general conduct of our party as an example for others to follow, our religious virtues have henceforth become universally acknowledged and we await no body’s appraisal for the covenant we’ve concluded with Allah and the Umma of loyalists Raad concluded.