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UAE shines in spotlight from shadow report on human rights

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Kuumar Kavita Shyam

Leading voices from various fields and representing some well-known organisations around the world have expressed appreciation for efforts from the UAE on matters concerning aspects of human rights.

The comments came on the occasion of the launch of the shadow report on human rights in the UAE, in preparation for reviewing the official report that the UAE will submit to the UN Human Rights Council in May.
Media and human rights experts from around the world got an audience with some prominent global names through a webinar on Zoom where each cited studies or real-life examples of how the UAE has led the discussion or took charge of activities to make the world a better place.

It was worth noting, heard the forum of special invitees including Headline.ae, that the UAE has now been a member of the UNHRC for three terms, most recently being the current spell from 2022-2024 as it also continues to co-operate with international organisations and parties.

On September 15, 2020, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan signed the Abraham Accords at the White House, US, in the presence of president Donald Trump. AP

The panelists spoke on topics such as religious tolerance, peace, education, gender equality, domestic crime rates, terrorism, money laundering, individual freedom, etc, and how the UAE held up on such parameters.

Recent projects such as the initiation of Abraham Accords or proactiveness in getting assistance to the earthquake-affected Turkiye and Syria also came up for special highlights in championing the case for the UAE.

The shadow report is the report prepared by non-governmental bodies in response to the official report submitted by each member state of the Council periodically, with a frequency of once every four years, to the UNHRC.

Before presenting the official report, in which each country talks about its human rights record, the official authorities wishing to do so present their report on the development of the human rights situation, in what is known as the shadow report. It is a parallel report of the official report from the relevant countries.

More than 13 Arab, European and international human rights organisations and 17 experts from around the world participated in the preparation of this report.

Ayman Nasri, Head of the Arab-European Forum for Dialogue and Human Rights, an entity with an advisory capacity at the UN, shared the majoritarian view that the UAE’s track record in human rights has been praised by various quarters in the international community.

Eric Gozlan, Co-Director of International Council for Diplomacy and Dialogue, spoke about how the UAE showed courage to start the Abraham Accords dialogues with Israel, have let a synagogue to open – incidentally, media got a tour of the site at Saadiyat Island barely hours after he spoke – and visits by the Pope and Grand Imam as examples towards co-existence that impressed him.

The UAE example proves that there is no tolerance without peace, and there is no peace without tolerance, Gozlan added.

Dr Manal Masalmi, a human rights expert, discussed the UAE’s efforts to empower women, highlighting how successfully the country has integrated women into society and how it has developed a cutting-edge plan to strengthen the role of the family and its empowerment.

The president of the Bahraini Jurists Association, Dr Abdul-Jabbar Al-Tayeb, stated that the subject of human rights is connected to a variety of topics, including climate change and digitalisation, previously regarded to be unrelated to human rights.

Journalist for 25 years with leading publications in India and UAE such as The National, Mumbai Mirror, DNA, Indian Express and former Sports Editor of eIndia.com. Now managing editor of Headline.ae, part of MEMc (https://www.memc.co)

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SkyPower and ZETDC Sign landmark power purchase agreements for Zimbabwe’s largest solar project

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In a historic event at the World Future Energy Summit, SkyPower and the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) have signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), marking a significant milestone in the development of the largest solar project in the history of Zimbabwe. The agreements pave the way for the commencement of the Green Giant project, set to deliver 500 MW of solar power, capable of energizing approximately 2 million households.

As previously stated by His Excellency Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe: “My presidential commitment is to enhance our energy sustainability through renewable energy by collaborating with world-class companies like SkyPower. Today’s signing is a landmark achievement for our nation, setting a robust foundation for our sustainable future.”

The signing ceremony in Abu Dhabi was witnessed by eminent personalities including the Honorable Edgar Moyo, Minister of Energy of Zimbabwe, Lovemore Mazemo, Ambassador of Zimbabwe to the UAE, Eng. Abel Gurupira, Managing Director of the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company, Mr. Mazambani Edington Tapera, Chairman of ZERA.

“This is a momentous day for Zimbabwe, demonstrating our commitment to transforming our energy sector and ensuring reliable power for our people”, stated by Eng. Abel Gurupira, Managing Director of the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company. Kerry Adler, President & CEO of SkyPower, highlighted the project’s importance, “We are proud to kick off the initial phases of the Green Giant project at this prestigious summit. This partnership exemplifies our dedication to promoting sustainable energy development globally.

Upon completion, this project will stand as a testament to Zimbabwe’s commitment to renewable energy and economic growth.”

“The significance of today’s event cannot be overstated. As we align our efforts with global energy transitions, this project underlines our strategy to integrate renewable energy into our national energy mix significantly,” remarked the Honorable Edgar Moyo.

This accomplishment highlights the country’s favorable environment and underscores the exceptional teamwork and dedicated efforts from both parties.

This initiative is expected to boost Zimbabwe’s economy significantly by creating thousands of jobs and fostering infrastructure development. It is aligned with global efforts towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and enhancing the quality of life for millions of Zimbabweans.

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Dxb airport issues travel advisory, Emirates suspends travel procedures until midnight

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Dubai International (DXB) is advising passengers not to come to the airport, unless absolutely necessary due to the unprecedented weather conditions in the country.In a statement, Dubai Airports said that flights continue to be delayed and diverted. Passengers are advised to contact their respective airlines for the latest information on flight status.

Dubai Airports assures passengers that they are working hard to recover operations as quickly as possible in very challenging conditions.

On the same note, Emirates Airlines has decided to suspend travel procedures for passengers departing from Dubai starting from 8:00 am on Wednesday, 17th April, until midnight on 18th April, due to operational challenges resulting from adverse weather conditions and road conditions.Emirates Airlines added that procedures for passengers arriving in Dubai and transit passengers will continue.

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UAE receives record-breaking rains, highest in 75 years

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The UAE received the heaviest rainfall on record on Tuesday over a 24 hour period.According to WAM, it surpassed all records documented since the start of data collection in 1949.

The downpour impacted numerous regions across the country.The National Centre of Meteorology confirmed that the record rainfall that fell on the country during the 24 hours until 9 pm on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, is an exceptional event in the UAE’s climate history since the start of recording climate data.The centre said that, so far, the highest rainfall was recorded in the “Khatm Al Shakla” area in Al Ain, reaching 254 mm in less than 24 hrs.

It is noteworthy that the NCM’s Shuwaib station had recorded 287.6 mm on March 9th 2016.

This heavy rainfall is an exceptional event in the UAE that contributes to increasing the annual rainfall average in the UAE, as well as strengthening the country’s groundwater reserves in general.

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