Kuwait af­firms full ‘sup­port’ for UN post-con­flict peace-build­ing ef­forts

Kuwait gives nu­clear se­cu­rity top pri­or­ity

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

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.

Role

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.

Contributed

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.

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