Kuwait affirms full ‘support’ for UN post-conflict peace-building efforts
Kuwait gives nuclear security top priority
NEW YORK, Dec 6, (KUNA): Kuwait reiterated its full support for the UN Secretary General’s reform efforts to restructure the peace and security pillar of the Secretariat.
This came in a speech delivered late Wednesday by Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi during a meeting on Post-Conflict Economic Recovery, as a cornerstone for peace-building and a factor for stability and security.
The post conflict phase requires an integrated strategy, of which sustainable, security and economic development is a key part, he said.
He pointed out to Cote d’Ivoire as a non-permanent Security Council member, describing the country’s successful emergence from conflict as a source of encouragement.
Ambassador Al-Otaibi said the Cote d’Ivoire’s experience bears witness to the importance of a post conflict period, emphasizing that national ownership and sincere political will for reconciliation as crucial to avoiding relapse.
“Reconciliation and Dialogue Commission tasked with inquiring into human rights violations in Cote d’Ivoire was a crucial component of that country’s transition”, he noted.
He added that underscoring the role of regional and sub-regional organizations, are crucial in helping the United Nations resolve conflicts and stop conflicts from spreading, stressing the importance of such international financial institutions as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank for economic recovery and job development.
Moreover, Kuwait attaches special attention to cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the region’s countries, mainly GCC members, in the domain of nuclear security, said a Kuwaiti official.
“Kuwait pays maximum heed to a national integrated plan to promote nuclear security in the country,” Kuwait’s national liaison officer at the IAEA Nader Al-Awadhi said to KUNA on Thursday after submitting a working paper to a relevant international conference.
The blueprint has played a core part in focusing efforts on the establishment of a strong and sustainable nuclear security infrastructure in the shortest possible time, he added.
The IAEA conference is being held in Vienna at the level of experts under the rubric: “International Conference on the Security of Radioactive Material: The Way Forward for Prevention and Detection”. Elaborating, Al-Awadhi said the Kuwaiti document included plans in the realm of nuclear security, together with a set of issues, primarily relevant expected threats.
He noted that nuclear terrorism and its looming catastrophic consequences on humanity and national and environment infrastructures pose a main problem across the world in the context of globalization.
He added that the usage of radioactive material in illegal purposes is a source of permanent worry, emphasizing that an integrated system for radioactive material security is one of the key elements of national nuclear security infrastructure.
The paper features the main characteristics of Kuwait’s nuclear security blueprint and progress made in this regard, the Kuwaiti official pointed out.
This plan has largely contributed to ensuring the country’s security by means of promoting institutional, human and technical capabilities in various nuclear security aspects.
Held from 3 to 7 December, the IAEA gathering provides a forum for Member States to share their experiences, including difficulties encountered, lessons learned and good practices adopted, in the implementation of the nuclear security recommendations on radioactive material and associated facilities.
The purpose of the conference is to foster the exchange of practices and experiences related to the security of radioactive material under regulatory control in use, transport and storage, and to the system and measures for detection of this material out of regulatory control.
The IAEA conference is aimed at participants with responsibility for policy, technical and legal aspects of nuclear security. This includes officials, policymakers and operational stakeholders responsible for nuclear security, and experts and representatives from a wide range of technical disciplines and specialist organizations that contribute to the security of radioactive material under and out of regulatory control.
KUNA photo Permanent Representative of Kuwait to the United Nations Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi.
Director General of Public Authority for Industry Abdulkarim Taqi presiding over the 54th Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO) Executive Board session. KUWAIT CITY, Dec 6, (KUNA): The Directorate General of Civil Aviation projected on Thursday the number of passenger travelling via Kuwait Airport is to surpass 15 million in 2018.
The annual increase in the number of travelers via Kuwait Airport is between 10 and 12 percent, nearly a million, Deputy Director General for Aviation Safety and Air Transport Affairs (Eng.) Emad Al-Juluwi told KUNA.
Al-Juluwi made his remarks on the sidelines of celebrating the upcoming International Civil Aviation Day, annually marked on seventh of December.
Kuwait marks the occasion as a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization, and as part of its commitment to implement all international agreements on civil aviation and air transportation safety, he said.
Al-Juluwi said DGCA has a colorful record of achievements, whether on the levels of training and qualifying national cadres, or infrastructure and significant facilities.
The Directorate has an ambitious plan to construct enhanced facilities and infrastructure; an important step that is in line with the country’s goal to be an international financial and commercial hub, said the DGCA official.
Some of the ambitious infrastructure projects listed in the New Kuwait 2020 Vision’s development plan include airfreight city, third runway, and Terminal-2, noted Al-Juluwi.
The Terminal-2 project, currently in process, is scheduled for completion by 2022, he said, adding all DGCA’s projects take into consideration latest technological updates and developments in the air transportation field.