Ula declaration, Yemen & other topics – Daily Briefing (6 Jan 2021)

About This Source - United Nations

The United Nations (UN) was established after World War II with the aim of preventing future wars. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states.

The UN’s chief administrative officer is the Secretary-General, currently Portuguese politician and diplomat António Guterres, who began his five year-term on 1 January 2017.

 

Recent from United Nations:

  • The challenges due to COVID-19 & the resurgence of Ebola in Guinea – Press Conference (5 March 2021)
  • Nigeria: Meet Rashidat, A Female Human Rights Lawyer Breaking Down Barriers
  • Myanmar, Central African Republic, Sudan & other topics – Daily Briefing (5 March 2021)
  • United Nations published this video item, entitled “Ula declaration, Yemen & other topics – Daily Briefing (6 Jan 2021)” – below is their description.

    Daily Press Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General.

    – Security Council

    – Gulf

    – Yemen

    – Syria

    – Stockholm Initiative

    – Niger

    SECURITY COUNCIL

    This morning, the Secretary-General spoke to members of the Security Council at the Open Debate on “Challenges of Maintaining Peace and Security in Fragile Contexts.” 

    He said that even before the pandemic, conflicts were already increasingly complex – fueled by greater regionalization, the proliferation of non-State armed groups and their linkages with criminal and terrorist interests. Now with the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been pushed into poverty and humanitarian needs have multiplied, reaching the highest levels since the Second World War, he noted. 

    He also repeated his call for more funding for conflict prevention and peacebuilding, adding that on 26 January he will be co-chairing a replenishment conference for the Peacebuilding Fund. He told Council members that he counted on their support at this critical time. 

    GULF

    Yesterday a statement was issued in which the Secretary-General welcomed the al Ula declaration on “solidarity and stability” announced at the Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The declaration recognizes the importance of unity among the GCC states and aims to strengthen regional security, peace, stability and prosperity. The Secretary-General also welcomed the announcement on opening the airspace, land and sea borders between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and the State of Qatar. 

    The Secretary-General expressed his gratitude to those from the region and beyond, including the late Emir of Kuwait and the late Sultan of Oman, who worked tirelessly towards resolving the Gulf rift. He trusts that all countries concerned will continue to act in a positive spirit to strengthen relations. 

    YEMEN

    The Special Envoy for the Secretary-General for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, met earlier today with President Hadi in Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia.   

    Mr. Griffiths congratulated President Hadi of Yemen on the formation of the new Cabinet and condemned the horrific attack against the newly formed Government of Yemen last week that aimed at undermining peace efforts.  

    Mr. Griffiths also conveyed, on behalf of the Secretary-General, condolences to the Government and people of Yemen and reiterated the support and solidarity of the UN and the international community to the country.  

    The United Nations remains committed to helping Yemen find a way towards a sustainable and comprehensive end of this conflict through a negotiated, political solution. 

    Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=06%20January%202021

    United Nations YouTube Channel

    Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.

    In This Story: Bahrain

    Bahrain, officially the Kingdom of Bahrain, is a sovereign state in the Persian Gulf. The island nation comprises a small archipelago made up of 40 natural islands and an additional 51 artificial islands, centered around Bahrain Island which makes up around 83 percent of the country’s landmass.

    The country is situated between the Qatari peninsula and the north eastern coast of Saudi Arabia to which it is connected by the 25-kilometre (16 mi) King Fahd Causeway. According to the 2010 census, Bahrain’s population is over 1.2 million, of which around half are non-nationals. The capital and largest city is Manama.

    2 Recent Items: Bahrain

  • How did QATAR win the SANCTIONS WAR with the UAE and SAUDI ARABIA? – VisualPolitik EN
  • Bahrain Arab Spring: Ten-year anniversary of popular uprising
  • In This Story: COVID-19

    Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

    Symptoms of coronavirus

    The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

    • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
    • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
    • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

    Latest News about Covid-19

    Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

    5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • The challenges due to COVID-19 & the resurgence of Ebola in Guinea – Press Conference (5 March 2021)
  • Brazil COVID-19 outbreak highlights dangers of new variants
  • Stimulus stalls on Senate floor
  • Food processing workers remain vulnerable to COVID-19
  • Coronavirus: Johnson & Johnson shot adds to Canada’s vaccine arsenal
  • In This Story: Egypt

    Egypt, a country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the pharaohs. Millennia-old monuments sit along the fertile Nile River Valley, including Giza’s colossal Pyramids and Great Sphinx as well as Luxor’s hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs.

    The capital, Cairo, is home to Ottoman landmarks like Muhammad Ali Mosque and the Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities. 

    4 Recent Items: Egypt

  • China provides COVID-19 vaccines to Arab League
  • Political prisoners in Egypt: Céline Lebrun Shaath calls for release of her husband
  • Egypt, 10 years on: From revolution to counter-revolution
  • Gaza reopens to the south, but for how long?
  • In This Story: Kuwait

    Kuwait, officially the State of Kuwait, is a country in Western Asia. As of 2016, Kuwait has a population of 4.5 million people: 1.3 million are Kuwaitis and 3.2 million are expatriates. Expatriates account for approximately 70% of the population.

    Oil reserves were discovered in commercial quantities in 1938. Kuwait is a non-NATO ally of the United States. Kuwait is also a major ally of ASEAN, while maintaining a very strong relationship with China.

    Kuwait is a constitutional sovereign state with a semi-democratic political system. Kuwait has a World Bank high-income economy backed by the world’s sixth largest oil reserves. The Kuwaiti dinar is the highest valued currency in the world.

    2 Recent Items: Kuwait

  • Can Qatar and its neighbours recover from the blockade? | Inside Story
  • Declaration on resolving the ‘Gulf rift’ welcomed by UN Chief – Security Council Briefing
  • In This Story: Niger

    Niger or the Niger, officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country in West Africa named after the Niger River. Over 80% of its land area lies in the Sahara Desert. The country’s predominantly Muslim population of about 22 million live mostly in clusters in the far south and west of the country. The capital and largest city is Niamey, located in Niger’s southwest corner.

    2 Recent Items: Niger

  • Father of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls remains hopeful as Pope Francis prays for safe return
  • Nigeria boys freed, police search for 317 missing girls
  • In This Story: Oman

    Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, is a country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia and the oldest independent state in the Arab world.

    2 Recent Items: Oman

  • Oman: History, Power and Influence | Al Jazeera World
  • Missile drills carried out by Iranian Navy in Gulf of Oman
  • In This Story: Qatar

    Qatar is a peninsular Arab country whose terrain comprises arid desert and a long Persian (Arab) Gulf shoreline of beaches and dunes. Also on the coast is the capital, Doha, known for its futuristic skyscrapers and other ultramodern architecture inspired by ancient Islamic design, such as the limestone Museum of Islamic Art. The museum sits on the city’s Corniche waterfront promenade.

    2 Recent Items: Qatar

  • Russian COVID strain detected in Queensland hotel quarantine | 7NEWS
  • 2032 Olympics: Brisbane Chosen As a Preferred Candidate to Host Games
  • In This Story: Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a country in Western Asia constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula.

    Saudi Arabia also has one of the world’s youngest populations, with approximately 50 percent of its population of 34.2 million being under 25 years old.

    2 Recent Items: Saudi Arabia

  • Court refuses to add US report to Khashoggi trial | DW Nachrichten
  • How Will OPEC Respond to Growing Oil Demand?
  • Leave a Comment