HM the King Congratulates Jordan’s Sovereigns on 25th Anniversary of Their Accession to Throne

His Majesty King Mohammed VI sent a message of congratulations to King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein and Queen Rania, Sovereigns of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of their accession to the throne.

In this message, His Majesty the King expresses, in his personal name and on behalf of the Moroccan people, His warmest congratulations to the sovereigns of the Kingdom of Jordan on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of their accession to the throne, praying God to grant them good health, happiness and long life, and to perpetuate prosperity and well-being over the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan under their wise leadership.

The Sovereign says he is ‘proud of the exceptional and close relations that unite our two countries, ties that we constantly and mutually aspire to strengthen further in various fields and at all levels’, in the interests of our two brotherly peoples.

His Majesty the King renews His congratulations as well as His warmest greetings to all members of
the noble Royal Family of Jordan and His best wishes to the brotherly Jordanian people.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Katara Reveals 18th List of Katara Prize for Arabic Novel

Doha: The Cultural Village Foundation-Katara has revealed the 18th list of the best art works of the participants in Katara Prize for Arabic Novel, primarily for the categories of published and unpublished novels, young adult novels, historical novels, and critical studies.

The list comprises two novels from 17 Arab states, namely Egypt with 26 novels and critical studies, followed by Morocco with 19 novels and critical studies, Syria with 9 novels, Jordan with 8 novels and critical studies, Iraq with 5 novels and critical studies, Algeria with the same number of 5 novels, Saudi Arabia and Yemen with 3 novels for each country, with Mauritania, Sudan and Palestine participating with two works for each country, and finally one art work for Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Lebanon, and Tunisia.

Overall, each list included 18 art works nominated for the prize and were as follows: the list of 18 in the category of unpublished novels included novelists from 9 Arab countries, with Morocco topping the list with 4 novels, followe
d by Egypt with 3 novels, while Syria, Jordan, Mauritania, and Yemen participated with two novels for each country, and finally Palestine. Libya, Algeria, with one novel from each country.

The published novel category included novelists from seven Arab countries, namely Egypt which topped with seven novels, followed by Syria with five novels, then Saudi Arabia with two novels, as well as Oman, Lebanon, Iraq, and Palestine, with each country participating with one novel.

As to young adult novels, the category included novelists from nine Arab countries, with Egypt topping with six novels, followed by Jordan and Morocco with three novels for each country, as well as one novel for UAE, Iraq, Algeria, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.

The historical novels included novelists from eight Arab countries while Egypt topped with six novels, followed by Morocco with four novels, with Algeria and Iraq participating with two novels for each, and finally Yemen, Syria, Jordan, and Sudan which participated with one novel
for each.

The critical studies category included critics from seven Arab countries and Morocco topped this category with eight critical studies, followed by Egypt with four studies, then Jordan with two studies, and one study for Sudan, Algeria, Iraq, and Tunisia.

Noteworthy, the committee of the Katara Prize for Arabic Novel has adjusted the system of publishing nomination lists for the best participating works starting from the 10th edition, as the first list is revealed in June each year of the best 18th list of works for all the aforementioned categories, along with the 9th list that will be published next August.

The Katara Festival for Arabic Novel is due to be held during October 13 to 20, including celebration of the 10th anniversary of the launch of the award, which has become pioneering within one decade in the Arab award both in terms of material value and comprehensiveness of the prize outputs that have launched numerous initiatives to help the Arabic novel become universalist through translati
ng the winning works into English, French and Arabic languages.

This comprehensiveness was the key factor that helped Katara receive the designation of the “City of the Arab Novel” from the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO).

Source: Qatar News Agency

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Participates in 2nd Session of High-Level Event on Ocean Action

HE Minister of Environment and Climate Change Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie participated in the second session of the High-Level Dialogue under the theme “Enhancing peace for the ocean,” which was part of the High-Level Event on Ocean Action held in the Republic of Costa Rica.

The session discussed the importance of strengthening global efforts to spread peace worldwide and preventing conflicts between countries that result in wars in the oceans and seas and their negative impact on marine resources, as well as their threat to sustainable development.

Source: Qatar News Agency

China Launches First Open Marine Big-Data Service Platform

China launched its first open marine big-data service platform, dubbed Ocean Cloud, a ministry official said.

Ocean Cloud is a national online service platform for marine data and information products, said director of the marine early warning and monitoring department with the Ministry of Natural Resources Wang Hua, according to Xinhua.

It works to pool national data from the global ocean three-dimensional observation network, facilitate marine information connectivity among departments, and boost global marine information exchange.

The platform can further strengthen marine data integration services, unify the technical standards for marine data sharing and circulation, and improve the application quality of marine data products, Wang said.

He also announced the release of an open catalog on marine data involving seven disciplines and 83 categories of elements in the ocean field, integrating China’s independent marine data, the research and development of marine information products, and global marine e
nvironmental data.

The data in the catalog can be obtained and used through Ocean Cloud, Wang said.

In recent years, China has increasingly channeled energy into the protection of its marine ecology and environment.

Source: Qatar News Agency

HBKU Holds Academic Network for Development Dialogue (ANDD) Conference

Doha: Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) College of Public Policy (CPP) hosted this year’s Academic Network for Development Dialogue (ANDD) Conference, in collaboration with Qatar University (QU), Al-Quds University (AQU) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA).

The conference attracted academics and practitioners for robust discourse concerning the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With the theme “Sustainable Development Goals Unpacked: Ethics, Policies, and Culture,” the conference paid particular attention to the ethical, policy, and cultural dimensions of the SDGs as well as fostering knowledge exchange, dialogue, and capacity building among participants.

This year’s ANDD Conference also included a series of panel discussions on the interplay between ethics, policy, culture and the SDGs. Each session featured moderators and panelists collaborative partners, including Al-Quds University, Qatar University, and the UN House, as well as acade
mic institutions from across the Gulf region.

In her closing remarks, Prof. Mariam Al Maadeed, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Qatar University, and ANDD’s first chair and founding member, expressed her pride in the ANDD’s impactful achievements and contributions to sustainable development across the region. She also highlighted the release of the First Edition of the ANDD Paper Series, published by QU Press, as well as the ANDD Online Master Class Course on Research Fundamentals, which witnessed the registration of more than 2300 participants.

Speaking after the conclusion of the ANDD Conference, Dr. Evren Tok, Associate Dean, CPP, said: “We were undoubtedly honored to bring this year’s conference to HBKU. Doing so reflects the CPP’s consistent ability to gather experts from across the region and further afield to discuss a wealth of issues shaping public policy discourse. We do this without losing sight of our commitment to educating and nurturing future generations of public professiona
ls, many of whom are already engaged in the research and studies concerning the SDGs and related topics.” The CPP conducts cutting edge research on policy challenges facing Qatar, the region, and the world. It aims to be one of the leading public policy schools in the region and the world, acting as a bridge and hub for innovative policy solutions across a range of issues.

Source: Qatar News Agency

KSrelief Distributes 200 Food Baskets in Chad

N’Djamena, The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) distributed 200 food baskets yesterday to the neediest families in the village of Charkaya in the Hadjer Lamis region in Chad, benefiting 1,200 individuals, as part of the project to support food security in Chad for the year 2024.

The assistance is part of a series of humanitarian projects the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia implements through KSrelief to help countries and people worldwide.

Source: Saudi Press Agency