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SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, Sept 18, 2018 (MENA) - Prosecutor General Nabil Ahmed Sadeq and European Union Ambassador in Cairo Ivan Surkos on Tuesday inaugurated in Sharm el Sheikh the African-European conference on judicial cooperation.

The three-day event will discuss international cooperation for fighting human trafficking and illegal migration crimes.

The conference will also take up anti-human trafficking laws and experiments of different countries to minimise those crimes.

Lawyers and chief prosecutors of African and European countries are attending the event.

By the Mail Editorial Board

THE convening of the sixth national youth conference in Cairo University’s main convention hall in the presence and under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi was a highly significant event especially given that that was the largest ever such gathering of the representatives of the country’s young people since the inception of the conference as an annual event. With the participation of nearly three thousand young people symbolising the nation’s rising generation, the event emerged as a vibrant platform for two-way communication and mutual understanding between young people, the segment that constitutes 57 per cent of the demographic structure of the society, and the state. In effect, the conference asserted itself as an efficient mechanism for dynamic interaction between the country’s political leadership and the highest decision-making officials on the one hand and the representatives of young people on the other hand.

Fostering the worthiness and profound significance of this mechanism is President Sisi’s noticeable keenness on personally inaugurating such conferences, caringly listening to young people’s concerns and visions for the future, speaking directly to them and extensively engaging in debates and discussions. The presence of government ministers and senior state officials enhances the efficiency of the mechanism since they are in charge of the state’s executive apparatus; hence the larger chances for the conclusions of the dialogue between the political leadership and young people to find their way to actual consideration and projection into the government’s policies and plans of action.

The choice of Cairo University as a venue for the event is also profoundly significant. It is Egypt’s oldest seat of modern academic learning that has forwarded quite a number of the country’s crème of notable thinkers, academicians, scholars and pioneers of renewal in literature, social sciences and many other branches of human knowledge. And it is the academic institution that has since its establishment served as a beacon of intellectual enlightenment, cultural awakening and scientific advancement. It suffices in this regard to recall the names of the Doyen of modern Arabic Literature, Taha Hussein, Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, encyclopedic philosopher Abdul-Rahman Badawi and internationally-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon Magdi Yacoub, to mention only a few of those who rose to world eminence. They are indeed so much wonderful models from whom the rising generations can draw inspiration in the pursuit of intellectual excellence, distinction in learning and love of knowledge; hence the value of holding this year’s conference and discussions under the iconic dome of Cairo University.

The spirit of dialogue and caring understanding that permeated the conference, the venue with its value and the quality of participation have all provided a suitable setting for President Sisi’s declaration of 2019 as the Year of Education and the launching of the national project for upgrading all aspects of the education system – the ambitious undertaking that would tremendously contribute to the realisation of the main goals of sustainable development for many decades to come.

CAIRO, July 30, 2018 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Monday inaugurated the 7th annual ICT 20l8 Conference and Exhibition for persons with disability held at Al Manara International Conference Centre in Cairo.

Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Presidential Aide for National and Strategic Projects Sherif Ismail, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talat, a number of ministers and top state officials are attending the conference.

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology  is organising the conference, which is held under the auspices of President Sisi.

The conference is held under the theme "Inclusion, Empowerment, Participation". It aims at supporting and empowering Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) through ICT tools in all fields of life.

VATICAN CITY, June 14, 2018 (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Thursday for a “change in mindset” on migration policies, saying international cooperation was vital, as Italy and France engaged in a diplomatic spat over the issue.

Francis made his comments in a message to participants at a conference on international migration being held in the Vatican. He called for the “shared global management of international migration in the values of justice, solidarity and compassion”.

Italy summoned France’s envoy on Wednesday and angrily rejected French criticism of its immigration policies, escalating a diplomatic row that is widening one of Europe’s main political fault lines.

A day after French President Emmanuel Macron said Rome had acted with “cynicism and irresponsibility” by closing its ports to a migrant ship, Italy’s economy minister canceled a Paris meeting with his counterpart and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte weighed postponing a meeting with Macron scheduled for Friday.

Francis, who has made defense of migrants and refugees a major plank of his papacy, said overcoming the current migration crisis “demands a change in mindset”.

He said countries “must move from considering others as threats to our comfort to valuing them as persons whose life experience and values can contribute greatly to the enrichment of our society.”

Rome’s clash with Paris centers on the charity ship Aquarius, which both Italy and Malta refused to let dock at their ports. It was carrying 629 migrants and is now heading to Spain, which offered safe harbor, escorted by two Italian ships.

The pope said the trans-national dimension of the migration crisis required “the assistance of the entire international community” because it exceeded the capacity of individual states.

“Such international cooperation is important at every stage of migration: from departing one’s country of origin all the way to reaching one’s destination, as well as facilitating reentry and transit,” Francis said.

“In each of these countries, migrants are vulnerable, feeling alone and isolated. The recognition of this fact is vitally important if we wish to give a concrete and dignified response to this humanitarian challenge,” he said.

The conference, organised by the Vatican and Mexico, was attended by many ambassadors accredited to the Vatican.

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, May 5, 2018 (MENA) - A conference on women, peace and security was launched at the Swedish Institute in Alexandria on Saturday with the attendance of international experts and 30 women from 10 countries including Libya, Iraq, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Egypt and Sweden.

Representatives from Operation 1325, a Swedish civil society organization, will attend the two-day conference.

The conference aims at empowering more women in the Middle East and North Africa regions to take part in mediation efforts with the objective of reaching peace and security worldwide.

On the sidelines of the conference, workshops and lectures will be held to help women work in peace and security operations.

Operation 1325 organization works for the implementation of UNSCR 1325, in Sweden and in partnership with women and peace organizations around the world.

PARIS, April 26, 2018 (AP) — Ministers from more than 70 countries are discussing ways to combat financing for the Islamic

State group and Al-Qaida at an international conference in Paris.

The initiative was launched by French President Emmanuel Macron to co-ordinate efforts to reduce the terror threat in the

long term. A string of attacks have killed 245 people in France since January 2015 and dozens of others have been thwarted.

The French organisers noted that IS military defeats on the ground don’t prevent the group from pursuing its terrorist

activities, along with Al-Qaida –especially in unstable regions of Afghanistan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Yemen, Egypt and

sub-Saharan Africa.

Thursday’s meeting gathers ministers of justice, finance, foreign affairs and the interior from Western countries, the Arab

world and other nations as well as representatives of 18 international organizations.

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