26_September [Archives:2008/1160/Press Review]

May 2 2008

May 29, 2008
Top stories

– Security authorities arrest 11-person terrorist cell affiliated with Qaeda organization in Yemen

– Military and security forces drive rebels off Bani Husheish

– Yemen renews demands for releasing citizens detained in Guantanamo

– ESCWA ready to facilitates Yemen's entry into GCC

According to the Yemeni Army's organ, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Badr Ali Al-Dafa expressed ESCWA's readiness to provide training and orientation to facilitate Yemen's entry into the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in 2015. The UN official said the ESCWA will work along with the Yemeni government to develop the Yemeni legislations and investment climate in order for Yemen to be compatible with the GCC states.

He pointed out the ESCWA will work with all funds, organizations and donor countries to accelerate implementation of various development projects in Yemen so as to help the Yemeni government achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

The ESCWA is carrying out special studies for the water situation in Yemen where citizens are experiencing severe shortage in water supplies in order to help the nation suggest appropriate solutions to this problem, Al-Dafa said. He asserted that the 140 representatives of agencies, funds and institutions of the United Nations attending the 25th Round of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) being launched in Yemen is a great indictor of the success.

The round will come out with significant recommendations for strengthening the process of development in the region and recommendations will be submitted to the Conference on Financing for Development in Doha, Qatar, which will be held on September 29 to November 2, 2008, Al-Dafa explained.