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Abdullah bin Zayed, UAE delegation participate in 3rd day high-level meetings of UNGA 78

NEW YORK, 23rd September, 2023 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, hosted a reception at the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations on the third day of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78). The reception, held in the presence of world leaders and foreign ministers, and leaders from business and other sectors, and attended by the UAE delegation, focused on the theme of delivering on global climate progress at COP28, which will be held in the UAE in November at Expo City Dubai.
In addition, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with Aidrous Al Zubaidi, Deputy Head of Yemen's Presidential Leadership Council, to discuss the developments in the Yemeni crisis and the United Nations' efforts to reach a sustainable political settlement leading to comprehensive peace in Yemen.
H.H. also met separately with several Foreign Ministers participating in UNGA 78, to discuss bilateral cooperation in various fields, including economic, trade, investment, cultural, education, agriculture, technology, food security and renewable energy.
His Highness also met with Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti; Arnoldo Ricardo André Tinoco, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica; Ignazio Cassis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland; Eli Cohen, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel; Margus Tsahkna, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia; Ian Borg, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade of Malta; Elina Valtonen, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland; Mariya Gabriel, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria; and Zheenbek Kulubaev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan.
For his part, Dr. Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Adviser to UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, spoke at the Middle East Global Summit hosted by Al-Monitor and Semafor. On the sidelines of UNGA, Dr. Gargash also met with Geir O. Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria; and Dr. Comfort Ero, President and CEO of Crisis Group.
Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, participated in a stakeout alongside the 10 fellow elected members of the UN Security Council. In addition, met with Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction; Laura Frigenti, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education; and James Mwangi, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Equity Group Holdings.
Furthermore, during the third day, Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, Minister of State, discussed the enduring partnership between the UAE and Africa with several leaders from the continent, including His Majesty King Mswati III of Eswatini and Hage Gottfried Geingob, President of Namibia. Also, Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan met with Yvette Sylla, Foreign Minister of Madagascar; Dhoihir Dhoulkamal, Foreign Minister of Comoros; and Dr. Peter Mathuki, Secretary General of the East African Community.
Together with Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications, Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBR Initiatives) and their international partners, the World Food Programme (WFP) and Southern African Development Community (SADC), to further expand the Digital School program in Africa.
For his part, Ahmed Al Sayegh, Minister of State, participated in the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Governance Group (3G) hosted by Singapore. In his intervention, Al Sayegh praised the group’s efforts to promote a sustainable future for all and promote inclusiveness that is in line with the ambitions of COP28.
Al Sayegh also participated in the 18th ministerial meeting of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue, which was chaired by the Kingdom of Bahrain. The meeting focused on ensuring the provision of sustainable solutions after the COVID-19 pandemic and achieving a global recovery from the pandemic.
In his intervention, Al Sayegh stressed the importance of multilateral work to find sustainable solutions that address common global challenges, reiterating the UAE’s commitment to enhancing constructive cooperation with relevant partners around the world.
Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, Minister of State, accompanied by Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Development Affairs, and Mr. Abdulrahman Ali Al Neyadi, Director of Policy Planning at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, represented the UAE at the UNGA side event on “The Cost of Inaction in Sudan – Working together in support of the Humanitarian Situation in Sudan and the Region”.
In his intervention, Al Marar stressed the importance of international coordination and cooperation to deliver humanitarian aid without obstacles, to bring about the required changes on the ground in Sudan and the entire region, and the need to consider new partnerships to achieve that goal. Al Marar said: “Ending the humanitarian crisis in Sudan in a sustainable manner requires reaching an immediate and permanent ceasefire, and resuming dialogue in an effort to return to the political process. The UAE will remain supportive of regional and international mediation efforts to reach a permanent settlement to this crisis.”
Al Marar also participated in the 13th ministerial meeting of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum.
In his intervention, Al Marar stressed the UAE’s hope that combating terrorism will top the international community’s priorities, stressing the importance of strengthening collective action to confront this issue. He expressed the importance of implementing UN Security Council Resolution 2686 on tolerance and international peace and security, which was adopted in June, and to take concrete steps in that direction.

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Hamriyah and Deira ports record AED 12.133b in customs declaration value for first nine months of 2023

Dubai Customs plays a crucial role as the frontline defense for community security, consistently advancing its customs centers to safeguard and facilitate maritime trade. H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, CEO of
Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, recently visited Creek Customs Center, Deira Port, and Hamriyah Port Customs Center to evaluate progress and oversee ongoing efforts for continuous customs service development. During this visit, several executive directors, department heads, and customs center managers were present.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, accompanied by Rashid Al Dhabah Al Suwaidi, Acting Director of Seae Customs Centers Management, conducted inspections at Khor Customs Center, Deira Port, and Hamriyah Port Customs Center. Managers Abdulaziz Ibrahim Al Salman and Majid Salem Al Tawilah provided insights into workflow progress and accomplishments. Over the first nine months of this year, 62,454 customs declarations were processed, totaling AED 12.133 billion, with 19 seizures recorded during the same period. A visit to Hamriyah Port Customs Center showcased an advanced container X-ray inspection device, supporting increased inspection operations.

Subsequently, visits to Khor Customs Center and Deira Port highlighted achievements, including a notable seizure called the “Wheelhouse,” which successfully prevented an attempt to smuggle 243 kilograms of narcotics into the country. Commending customs employees, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih emphasized the pivotal role of maritime customs centers in ensuring community security and facilitating trade. The department collaborates for efficient goods clearance and acknowledges employee efforts
during the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to the department’s support for global efforts to revive maritime navigation and international trade.

Musabih clarified that the department’s advanced capabilities in monitoring and inspection enable it to keep pace with the UAE’s rapid foreign trade growth. Supporting Dubai’s economic agenda D33, the department aims to double foreign trade and enhance economic partnerships with key global markets. Efforts to boost customs inspector efficiency continue through training courses, ensuring their ability to thwart smuggling attempts. Continuous development of X-ray scanning
devices and the K9 customs dog unit further enhances contraband control achievements. Rasheed Al-Dabah explained that the forthcoming period will witness the advancement of new initiatives and mechanisms in the realm of inspection and examination. These initiatives are grounded in a forward-looking perspective to introduce cutting-edge technologies utilized in examining maritime transport vessels, wooden ships, and ships engaged in fish trade.

He remarked, “Our endeavors are harmonized to enhance performance in sea customs centers, concurrently focusing on bolstering monitoring, tracking, and technical support activities to yield optimal outcomes through continuous and productive collaboration among all specialized teams within the department. The Customs centers in Deira, Al Khor, and
Hamriyah Port Customs Center shoulder their vital responsibilities in safeguarding society and facilitating maritime trade through Dubai Creek and Hamriyah Port, supporting the ongoing growth of the national economy.”

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Dubai Customs Hosts Sharjah Housing Delegation to Strengthen Government Communication Ties

Dubai Customs, represented by the Corporate Communication Department, warmly welcomed a delegation from the Sharjah Housing Department. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the delegation with the duties and responsibilities of the
Corporate Communication Department and its affiliated divisions. The delegation also aimed to explore the awards received by the department, notably the recognition as the Best Government Communication Team in the Sharjah Government Communication Award for 2023.

Khalil Saqer bin Gharib, Director of Corporate Communication Department, along with department managers, extended a cordial reception to the Sharjah Housing delegation, which included Dr. Ahmed Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director of Government Communication, Nada Sivan, Head of the Public Relations and Events Department, and Hamad Saleh Al Hamadi, Head of
the New Media Department. Bin Gharib highlighted the department’s commitment to strengthening communication with government entities to exchange practical experiences and knowledge. The delegation was briefed on Dubai Customs exceptional performance in customs operations and other facets.

The meeting delved into discussions on potential avenues for collaboration, with the Sharjah Housing delegation. Emphasis was placed on the crucial role played by Dubai Customs’ Corporate Communication Department, customs administrations, and centers in ensuring security and safeguarding society. The delegation was presented with an overview of the department’s working mechanisms, awareness campaigns, events, and activities conducted internally and externally, aligning with Dubai Customs esteemed reputation.

Furthermore, the Sharjah Housing delegation acquired an understanding of the best media practices adopted by the Corporate Communication Department, showcasing its outstanding performance in enhancing knowledge and media dissemination to all partners. This has resulted in the department establishing and fortifying relationships with local and international media
entities. The presentation also encompassed the factors contributing to the department’s receipt of the award for the Best Government Communication Team in the Sharjah Government Communication Award.

Dr. Ahmed Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director of Government Communication at Sharjah Housing, expressed appreciation for the efforts of Dubai Customs Corporate Communication Department, acknowledging its excellence and significant contribution to enhancing the department’s standing. Dr. Al Nuaimi affirmed Sharjah Housing’s commitment to fostering ongoing visits and meetings with Dubai Customs, aiming to achieve the highest level of coordination and benefit from the Corporate Communication Departmen’s experience in securing numerous local and international awards.

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Zayed Sustainability Prize opens submissions for 2025 cycle

The Zayed Sustainability Prize, the UAE’s pioneering global sustainability and humanitarian award, has officially announced that the 2025 cycle is now open for submissions.  Submissions will be accepted until 23 June 2024 through the Prize’s online portal. Small to medium enterprises (SMEs), nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and high schools with sustainable solutions are invited to submit an entry for consideration in one of the six categories of Heath, Food, Energy, Water, Climate Action and Global High Schools. Commenting on the launch of the 2025 submissions cycle, H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Director General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, and COP28 President, said: “Since 2008, the
Zayed Sustainability Prize has honoured the legacy of Sheikh Zayed by fostering inclusive sustainable and humanitarian development around the world. In this decisive decade for climate change, these values are more important than ever. I am optimistic that the Prize will contribute to global climate action in line with the UAE Consensus, which will pave the
way toward an effective response to the Global Stocktake decision.” In response to the pressing climate crisis, and to further support the UAE’s efforts to accelerate practical solutions needed to drive climate action and uplift vulnerable communities around the world, the Prize has increased its funds from US $3.6 million to US $5.9 million. The Prize will reward US $1 million to each winner in the organisational categories of Health, Food, Energy, Water and Climate Action. Within the Global High Schools category, which is split into six world regions, each school can claim up to US $150,000 to start or further expand their project. The six world regions of the Global High Schools category are The Americas, Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub- Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia and Pacific. The most recent Zayed Sustainability Prize winners were recognised at an Awards Ceremony held during COP28 UAE. To encourage a broader range of organisations and high schools to participate, the Prize will be accepting submissions in multiple languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese. This will ensure that innovative solutions from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds can be recognised. For the Health, Food, Energy, Water and Climate Action categories, organisations should prove that they are improving access to essential products or services in their targeted communities and are able to implement a long-term vision for better living and working conditions. For the Global High Schools category, projects should be led by students, and must demonstrate innovative approaches to address sustainability challenges. The evaluation of each submission to the Prize consists of a rigorous, three-stage process. First, due diligence is conducted on all submissions to ensure that they meet the Prize’s evaluation criteria of Impact, Innovation, and Inspiration. This identifies the qualified entries and results in the selection of eligible candidates. Following this, evaluations are undertaken by a Selection Committee consisting of category-specific panels of independent international experts. From this shortlist of candidates, the finalists are chosen and then sent to the Prize Jury who unanimously elect the winners across all six categories.   Winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize will be announced at an Awards Ceremony during the 2025 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).

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