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22nd Conference of Arab Culture Ministers concludes with several landmark decisions

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DUBAI, 20th December, 2021 (WAM) — The 22nd session of the Conference of Arab Culture Ministers, organised by the Ministry of Culture and Youth along with Arab League Cultural, Educational and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO), concluded today with several key takeaways for the development of Arab culture.

Held at Expo 2020 Dubai from 19th-20th December, 2021, the session hosted 18 ministers in charge of cultural affairs from different member countries of the Arab League and more than 88 delegations with representatives of intergovernmental organisations such as United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO), the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States (ABEGS), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the Arab Theatre Authority.

The discussions of the 22nd session reviewed and updated the draft of the comprehensive plan for Arab culture, based on an analytical review of the most important developments of the Arab cultural scene in past 20 years, and the circumstances that led to those developments. The discussions also covered the political, economic and social repercussions of these events and the challenges that the Arab world is facing today.

Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth and Chair of the 22nd Session of the Conference of Arab Culture Ministers, said, "The Conference of Arab Culture Ministers is a major platform to forge cultural cooperation among Arab nations and to discuss ways to develop it further. Therefore, the UAE is keen on strategic cooperation with ALECSO in all aspects related to its fields of work. Hosting this conference is a translation of the vision of our wise leadership in supporting Arab culture as a bridge that links the people of the Arab region."

She added, "The 22nd session of the conference achieved an ambitious Arab cultural vision encompassing a number of topics relevant to the development and growth of Arab culture. I must mention the ministers’ conversation with Arab Youth, it’s an important example of what communication between decisionmakers and our target groups can achieve in the cultural sector."

Al Kaabi noted the event culminated in the signing of the UAE Declaration for the Arabic Language launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Dr. Mohammed Ould Amar, Director-General of ALECSO, said, "We opened a new phase of work in the field of culture in Arab countries thanks to the updated plan for Arab culture, and thanks to joint Arab cultural projects that will strengthen our cooperation. The plan will provide the necessary support to cultural institutions in many areas and give Arab states the opportunity to be at par with other countries in the upcoming regional and international events."

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AECHRIL condemns Houthi attack on civil facilities in Abu Dhabi

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OSLO, 20th January, 2022 (WAM) — The Arab-European Centre of Human Rights and International Law (AECHRIL) has condemned the Houthi attack on civilian facilities in Abu Dhabi, which led to the death of three civilians and several injuries.

In a statement on Thursday, AECHRIL called on the international community to condemn these terrorist attacks, describing them as "a serious violation of international law".

Dr. Aihan Jaf, Secretary-General of AECHRIL, said the Houthis’ targeting of civilians and residential areas in the UAE and Saudi Arabia confirms it is a terrorist group seeking to compromise the security and stability of the region.

He also stated that the attack revealed the real intentions of the Houthi militia, which is to disrupt the peace process in Yemen and the efforts of the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to the country.

Dr. Jaf called on the international community, including the UN and the Security Council, to hold the Houthis accountable for their crimes and take measures to bring their leaders to justice.

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Omar Al Olama meets Colombian Minister of Science

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DUBAI, 20th January, 2022 (WAM) — Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Teleworking Applications, said that the UAE Government is advancing its international partnerships and cooperation with various governments, through sharing successful practices in various sectors.

He made this statement during his meeting with Tito José Crissien, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Colombia, at the Colombian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

During the meeting, Al Olama stressed that the UAE is keen to share successful experiences and practices in advanced technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) with Colombia. It will help identify opportunities that will support the transformation to a sustainable knowledge-based economy, through deploying advanced technologies in business development.

He also lauded Colombia’s efforts to deploy advanced technologies in all areas of work and its role in teaching digital skills and developing human capital in this field.

In his meeting with Colombian officials, Al Olama presented the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence and the country’s related achievements and major programmes and initiatives recently launched, most notably the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, the first university of its kind in the world, and digital schools in developing countries which aim to end digital illiteracy.

The sides also discussed ways of encouraging the exchange of expertise and successful practices to face future challenges and utilising digital solutions and advanced technologies to establish new government action models that will support their comprehensive digital transformation.

The meeting then discussed ways of strengthening their partnerships and enhancing their cooperation in capacity building and exchanging expertise, in addition to holding training programmes for young students in Colombia.

The meeting presented Colombia’s achievements in identifying AI ethics and explained its sustainable development goals.

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UAE announces 3,014 new COVID-19 cases, 1,067 recoveries, 4 deaths in last 24 hours

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ABU DHABI, 20th January, 2022 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced that it conducted 504,831 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.

In a statement, the Ministry stressed its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment. As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP announced 3,014 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 816,945.

According to the Ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition, and receiving the necessary care.

MoHAP also announced 4 deaths due to COVID-19 complications, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 2,204.

The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and wished COVID-19 patients a speedy and full recovery. It called on all members of the society to cooperate with health authorities, adhere to the instructions and physical distance to ensure the health and safety of all.

MoHAP also noted that an additional 1,067 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 764,731.

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