GAZA TRUCE EXTENDED AFTER SIXTH EXCHANGE OF CAPTIVES


Hamas and Israel on Thursday announced the extension of the truce deal minutes before it was due to expire.

At least three were people killed, 16 wounded in a shooting attack at West Jerusalem bus station. Two suspected attackers have also been killed, police say.

Sixteen Israeli and foreign captives have been freed from Gaza and 30 Palestinian female and child prisoners released from Israeli jails in the sixth phase of swap deal.

More than 15,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since October 7. In Israel, the official death toll stands at about 1,200.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

OGERO ANNOUNCES BAROUK CENTRAL OUTAGE DUE TO GENERATOR PRESSURE


Ogero, via X platform, on Thursday declared an outage at Barouk Central due to increased pressure on generators, resulting in the cessation of services in the mentioned area and several adjacent regions.

The company’s teams are diligently working to rectify the issue at the earliest convenience.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

OGERO ANNOUNCES BEIT MERY CENTRAL OUTAGE DUE TO GENERATOR PRESSURE


Ogero, via X platform, on Thursday declared an outage at Barouk Central due to increased pressure on generators, resulting in the cessation of services in the mentioned area and several adjacent regions.

The company’s teams are diligently working to rectify the issue at the earliest convenience.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

YEARBOOK OF GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION 2023: PACE OF CHANGE NEEDS TO SPEED UP


Businesses, investors, cities, states and regions are stepping up to take climate action in greater numbers than ever before – just not at the pace or scale needed to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to the 2023 edition of the Yearbook of Global Climate Action released at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) today.

‘Climate action needs to accelerate everywhere. Systems transformation, from energy and transport to our relationship with nature and our social systems, is essential to rapidly reducing emissions and building resilience,’ said UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell. ‘Greater collaboration between Parties and non-Party stakeholders is an opportunity to radically enhance action towards our collective climate goals.’

The 2023 Yearbook, the seventh of the series, provides an overview of the progress, trends and challenges of real-world climate action taken by non-Party stakeholders.

For example, the Yearbook reports that the Global Climate Action Port
al – a platform that tracks climate action around the globe – now has more than 32,000 registered actors, an increase of approximately 6% from what was reported in 2022, and almost six times higher than in 2015. However, gaps remain, both in terms of increasing the geographical coverage and breadth of climate action of the portal itself but also in the solutions being pursued by non-Party stakeholders.

In the Yearbook’s foreword, High-Level Champions Mahmoud Mohieldin (Egypt) and Razan Al Mubarak (United Arab Emirates) jointly called for a step-up of climate action this decade.

‘Effective implementation – in the context of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – is our common goal that needs to be pursued under the guiding principle of climate justice. The global stocktake is our opportunity to forge ahead, together,’ they wrote.

Other key advances outlined in the 2023 edition of the Yearbook include increased support to cities that are adapting to the impacts of climate change, more finance mobilize
d for marginalized groups such as Indigenous Peoples, the publication of a handbook to help non-Party stakeholders align their policies with net-zero goals, and the launch of a report that explains how to unlock climate financing in Africa.

The 2023 Yearbook also has a strong focus on the conclusion of the first global stocktake at COP28, which got underway in Dubai today.

The global stocktake is a process for countries and stakeholders to see where they’re collectively making progress towards meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement – and where they’re not.

Governments will take a decision on the global stocktake at COP28, which can be leveraged to accelerate ambition in their next round of climate action plans due in 2025.

Non-Party stakeholders shared their insights for how governments can come together at COP28 with a strong response to the stocktake. Seven key messages emerged from the Yearbook that could help inform the conclusion of the global stocktake:

Climate action needs to alig
n with the goal of keeping 1.5 degrees Celsius climate-resilient world within reach.

The opportunities to accelerate climate action exist, but need to be scaled up.

Non-Party stakeholders are key partners in ramping up climate action and ambition.

Credibility of action and commitments of non-Party stakeholders need to be systematically ensured.

International cooperation across sectors and actors – guided by the principle of climate justice – is instrumental in systems-transformation.

Climate action should not be siloed.

Fair finance flows are needed now.

‘There can only be one response to the stocktake: renewed ambition and accelerated action – climate action that charts a course to 2030 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and build resilience,’ said Stiell.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

UN CLIMATE CHANGE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY URGES SWIFT ACTION AT COP28 OPENING


In a compelling address at the commencement of the 28th Conference of Parties (COP28), UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell stressed the urgency for accelerated global action to combat climate change. Acknowledging the transition of leadership from Egypt to the United Arab Emirates, Stiell emphasized the weighty responsibility of steering the world towards a more sustainable future.

Drawing an analogy to his son’s infancy, Stiell likened the current pace of climate action to tentative baby steps, urging delegates to propel these efforts forward at a much swifter rate. Highlighting the alarming environmental consequences of inaction, he reiterated the critical need to swiftly transition from an unstable and vulnerable world to one equipped to handle the complexities of climate impacts.

Stiell outlined two pivotal options facing the COP28 attendees: either acknowledge the lack of progress and postpone actions, or commit to safeguarding every individual worldwide while swiftly transitioning to s
ustainable practices. Emphasizing the need for equitable and just transitions, he advocated for inclusivity, ensuring that women, indigenous communities, and youth have equal opportunities in benefiting from these transformations.

The Executive Secretary articulated a visionary plan for the upcoming years, announcing key milestones including the submission of Biennial Transparency Reports in 2024, finance goal agreements at COP29, and new Nationally Determined Contributions in early 2025. Stiell stressed the criticality of aligning commitments with a 1.5-degree world by COP30, underlining the finite time frame science indicates for combatting emissions.

Moreover, Stiell expressed gratitude to young people and civil society for their advocacy while challenging world leaders to accept responsibility for expediting climate action. He unveiled enhanced accountability measures within the UNFCCC framework, including public disclosure of participant lists and meticulous tracking of initiatives and commitments made
during the conference.

In a powerful call-to-action, Stiell urged delegates to transform their conference participation into tangible actions, serving as both a badge of honor and a lifeline for millions impacted by climate change. He concluded by imploring the global community to accelerate efforts and imparted a resounding message: “Teach it to run.”

The address set a resolute tone for COP28, underscoring the pressing need for collective and immediate action in combatting the existential threat of climate change.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

HAJJ HASSAN DISCUSSES BILATERAL AGRICULTURAL RELATIONS WITH INDIAN AMBASSADOR


Caretaker Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Abbas Hajj Hassan, on Thursday received at his ministry office, Indian Ambassador to Lebanon, on, Muhammad Noor Rahman Sheikh, who came on a protocol visit, accompanied by the Embassy’s Trade Attaché, Ajay Kumar, and Embassy’s Commercial Relations Officer Rana Zeitouni.

During the meeting, they discussed the possibility of consolidating the Lebanese-Indian-Lebanese relations at the agricultural level, and the possibility of cooperation to sign a memorandum of understanding between the two countries.

The Indian Ambassador affirmed his Country’s stand by the Lebanese people, and the strengthening of the bilateral relations in the agricultural sectors.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

PORT OF SIDON WELCOMES FIRST-EVER WHEAT SHIPMENT OF OVER 5000 TONS, MARKING INAUGURAL STEP FOR FUTURE ARRIVALS


Lebanon’s Ministry of Public Works and Transportation on Thursday announced the arrival of a ship carrying more than 5000 tons of wheat to the port of Sidon for the first time.

The ship is expected to dock at 12:30 pm on Friday, in the presence of Caretaker Minister of Public Works and Transportation, Ali Hamieh.

This arrival serves as an inaugural step for future commercial vessels expected to arrive in the upcoming weeks, culminating the joint efforts between the ministry and other departments at the port of Sidon.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon