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UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights praises UAE efforts to combat pandemic locally and globally

DUBAI, 9th December 2021 (WAM) – Nada Al-Nashif, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, gave a speech during a panel discussion on the sidelines of Expo 2020 Dubai in which she reviewed the challenges facing the world in containing the COVID-19 pandemic and the role played by the UAE in strengthening global efforts.

Al-Nashif spoke about the UAE’s commitment to international cooperation since the onset of the pandemic. Furthermore, she referred to the UAE’s airlift of supplies to more than 136 countries and its provision of significant logistical support to the United Nations and global relief efforts in distributing protective medical equipment and vaccines in order to contain the pandemic.

She also referred to the pivotal role played by the country in pushing for the first resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in April 2020, which called for global solidarity to combat the pandemic.

Al-Nashif praised the UAE’s domestic efforts to provide free COVID-19 tests, treatment, and vaccines to all without discrimination.

Moreover, Al-Nashif expressed her hope for continued partnership between the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UAE, which she described as "important."

Al-Nashif stressed the importance of the common values ​​of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on its anniversary today in helping to confront "difficult times for all of humanity and the far-reaching social and economic effects of the pandemic."

"The pandemic has wasted years of progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and revealed weaknesses in political, economic, and social systems, which widened social gaps and placed the greatest burden on the vulnerable and marginalized," she added.

Al-Nashif underscored that "equality is at the heart of human rights," yet the pandemic revealed "systematic discrimination and pervasive inequality" regarding some rights such as access to medicine, health, food, housing, water, education, and decent work. Gender-based violence has also increased.

She added that the world is now aware of the meaning of solidarity and collective determination. Moreover, she stressed that the provision of vaccines must be based on the fundamental right of every human being to enjoy the highest standard of health without discrimination and expressed her regret that the "slow and uneven spread of vaccines has left a deep gap" in global recovery efforts.

Al-Nashif pointed out that the pandemic destroyed many economic sectors worldwide, and she noted that the pandemic provided a historic opportunity for humanity to recover better by creating more resilient, equitable, and sustainable societies and created momentum to address the climate crisis with greater resolve.

She viewed this as an opportunity for governments to recommit to equality in accordance with their legal obligations and to use their maximum available resources towards establishing all rights, including supporting, protecting, and providing job opportunities that preserve human dignity.

Al-Nashif spoke of the critical importance of "allowing civil society organizations to work without intimidation or retaliation in rebuilding better."

She called for "protecting civil and political rights and promoting public dialogue," noting that countries that have succeeded in overcoming catastrophic effects "have effective systems and policies based on respect for human rights that guarantee universal and equal access to social protection, health, education, and justice."

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Dubai Police warns Against Using Police Emergency Strobe Lights

The Dubai Traffic Police has recently warned motorists against using police and emergency vehicle warning lights, after two vehicles were spotted on the road taking advantage of the exclusive entitlement of the police to be given way in case of emergency.

Colonel Juma bin Suwaidan, Acting Director of the General Traffic Department, urged road users to adhere to traffic laws to avoid facing legal liabilities and prevent endangering their lives and others.

Col bin Suwaidan stated further that the police patrols had impounded two vehicles on two separate occasions for illegally fitting their vehicles with using emergency warning lights similar to the police, giving other motorists a false impression of authority to give way.

“We have spotted one at the Emirates Road and the other at Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. Reports were filed against the two, and their vehicles were confiscated and fined,” he added.


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Her Highness Sheikha Dr. Shamma bint Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan announces the launch of the “Emirati Miniatures initiative” from the Courtauld Gallery in London.

“Art is the mirror of history and a true reflection of the extent of the civilised development of society.”

I feel a special state of spiritual and intellectual transcendence. ” Her Highness Sheikha Dr. Shamma expressed her conviction in the value of the arts and their being a title for advanced people and civilizations. This statement came during Her Highness’ visit to the Gallery in the British capital, London, at the beginning of her meetings and her visit as part of Her Highness’s cultural and knowledge programme for knowledge and human communication.

The Courtauld Gallery is interested in the history of the arts through different ages and human civilizations, and many of the senior art historians in the British scientific community belong to it. The Museum: Edouard Manet, Vanessa Bell, and Lucas Cranach (Painting of Adam and Eve), as well as the French artist Pierre Auguste Renoir, the Dutch artist Van Gogh, and many other artists.

Her Highness and the accompanying delegation were welcomed by Professor Deborah Salo, Director of the College; Dr. Karen Sears; Mrs. Francesca Hoyt and Mrs. Camilla Knight, where Her Highness and the accompanying delegation accompanied Professor Debrois on a tour between the various pavilions of the museum and the exhibition.

Her Highness held a meeting with the director of the gallery and the work team, where she thanked and appreciated them for their good reception. During the meeting, ways of cooperation between Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan’s cultural and educational institutions and between the Courtauld institutes were discussed, and experiences were exchanged in the field of presenting. There were lectures and technical workshops between the Emirati technical cadres and the technical cadres of the college, and Her Highness announced during the meeting the launching of the (Emirati Miniatures) initiative, which will be launched next October. It is an initiative dedicated to Emirati artists, using palm fronds as a basis for drawing accurate artistic miniatures that express the Emirati and human heritage. Her Highness invited them to attend the exhibition of the artworks participating in the initiative. Professor Deborah was very impressed with the idea of the initiative, especially the use of date palms, as they represent a heritage value in desert communities.

At the end of the meeting, Her Highness gifted the college a set of publications that talk about art in the United Arab Emirates, as part of the (Knowledge for Humanity) initiative launched by Her Highness last year, which aims to make the world know the Emirati civilization and its ancient folk heritage by donating museums and universities. To be among its holdings, with knowledge sources of books and technological means that define the UAE between the past, present, and future.

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Breaking / Federal Supreme Council elects Mohamed bin Zayed as UAE President

ABU DHABI, 14th May, 2022 (WAM) — The Federal Supreme Council today unanimously elected His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as President of the United Arab Emirates.

The Council held a meeting today at Al Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The meeting was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah; H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman; H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah; H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain; and H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs said that according to Article 51 of the Constitution, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was unanimously elected as the President of the UAE to succeed the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Their Highnesses, the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates have reaffirmed their keenness to continue implementing the authentic values and principles laid down by the late deceased, Sheikh Khalifa, following on from the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. These have consolidated the UAE’s status at both regional and global levels.

The Federal Supreme Council expressed its full confidence that the people of the UAE will remain, as Sheikh Zayed and the founders believed, “a faithful guardian of the Union and its gains at all levels”.

Their Highnesses wished H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan success in serving his people and country.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expressed his appreciation for the precious trust placed in him by his brothers, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, praying to the Almighty to guide and help him to bear the responsibility of this great trust and to fulfil its tasks of serving his country and people.


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