The joint Parliamentary Committees’ session kicked off on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Deputy House Speaker, Elias Bou Saab, to study 3 law proposals: amending articles in the Penal Code (the prison year), the International Monetary and Credit Law, establishing the Central Bank, and initiating the implementation of the comprehensive basic income system (the Citizen’s Dignity Law).

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday visited Ukrainian troops on the front line in the eastern region of Donetsk, where Russian forces have concentrated their efforts to capture territory. Meanwhile, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has arrived in China, Moscow’s foreign ministry said, for a visit in which he will meet with President Xi Jinping and ink a series of deals on infrastructure and trade.–AFP

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The Ehden Youth Association partook in the opening of the 2023 tourism season in Ehden, with the participation of Caretaker Minister of Information, Ziad Makary.

In his delivered speech, Makary called for “a permanent return to the roots and attachment to the land, because no matter how high a person’s status is in positions and deeds, his progress cannot be complete without his return to his roots.”

Minister Makary then thanked the organizers and activists for their activities, hoping that “this summer will bring flourishment to Ehden and Lebanon.”

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon


As part of its strategic vision to advance sustainable energy solutions for public and civil service and society institutions in Lebanon, UN-Habitat today signed an Agreement of Cooperation with the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC). The cooperation aims to provide holistic technical support for the supply of solar energy systems to enhance the operation and service delivery of various municipalities, unions of municipalities, social and health services centres, and water facilities in Tripoli, Tyre Kaza, Zahle, Beirut and Mount Lebanon.

LCEC will work with UN-Habitat to assess the feasibility and efficiency of implementing solar energy systems in more than twenty pre-selected sites. Following a feasibility study, that will be undertaken by LCEC, shortlisted sites will have needs-based renewable energy interventions implemented. Furthermore, a joint national awareness-raising campaign focused on best practices from selection, installation, and maintenance of the systems, including safety measures to be taken into consideration when installing solar energy systems, will run in parallel.

“While sustainable energy is progressing rapidly in many sectors of the Lebanese economy, some sub-sectors are being left behind and kept in the dark. The importance of this partnership between UN-Habitat and LCEC is that it targets facilities from those unprivileged sub-sectors and supports them to join this green energy transition. Not only will this cooperation improves energy performance within those facilities, but also it would strengthen their role in the societal fabric towards robust, healthier, and safer urban environments. LCEC is so grateful to be able to contribute to this. “said Pierre El Khoury, LCEC General Director and President of the Board.

‘Cities are major contributors to climate change – including in Lebanon. According to UN-Habitat, cities consume 78% of the world’s energy and produce more than 60% of greenhouse gas emissions. While Lebanon continues to suffer from a pronounced energy crisis, the sector of renewable energy has seen a remarkable leap in the past couple of years. UN-Habitat has embarked in many projects to address this crisis and through our partnership with LCEC we will be supporting more public institutions and municipalities to embark more green solutions for a better urban future.” said Taina Christiansen, Head of UN-Habitat Lebanon.

Since its establishment, UN-Habitat Lebanon has been working effectively with partners and urban planning actors at the community, national and international levels to develop and implement programmes and interventions across the country that contribute to making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

UN-Habitat works in over 90 countries supporting people in cities and human settlements for a better urban future. Working with governments and local partners, its high impact projects combine world-class expertise and local knowledge to deliver timely and targeted solutions. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes a dedicated Goal on cities, SDG 11 – to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

The LCEC is a non-political not-for-profit organization. LCEC’s mission is to lead the efforts of Lebanon in the development of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to increase energy security and de-carbonization levels. We proactively develop policies, implement projects, and shape the market in harmony with the global sustainable energy transition.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Speaker meets delegation of European Front for the Defense of Syria

Damascus, People’s Assembly Speaker, Hamoudah Sabbagh, received a delegation of the European Front for the Defense of Syria (the Italian CasaPound party).

During the meeting, Sabbagh stressed the importance of the role played by the delegation in defending Syria and conveying the truth of what is going on the ground to the world public opinion, saying that Syria’s decision is independent and stems from the interests of its people and their confidence in its leadership represented by President Bashar al-Assad.

Sabbagh pointed out the gradual return of normal life to all service and living facilities in Syria, which began to recover from the effects of the war that was imposed on it, adding that the unjust sanctions and unilateral coercive measures imposed on Syria will not undermine the resilience of the Syrian people.

For his part, Head of the Italian delegation, Gianluca Iannone, Chairman of the CasaPound party, expressed solidarity and support to the Syrian people and leadership, stressing that members of the delegation will spare no effort to show the reality of the disadvantages of the political, economic and scientific blockade that Syria suffers from, that affect the social and economic life of Syrian citizens.

He added that the European general policy is heading towards isolating Syria, while the majority of European citizens do not support this policy.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Syria participates in Dibba Al-Hisn Festival for Bilateral Theater in Sharjah

With the participation of Syria, works of the 5th edition of Dibba Al-Hisn Festival for Bilateral Theater will kick next Friday.

The festival is organized by the Sharjah Department of Culture, and is hosted by the cultural center of the Emirati city of Dibba Al-Hisn.

This festival devotes the attention to a certain kind of theatrical performance that proved superior during the last years which was known as as Duo-Drama.

The performance depends on parallelism and analogy between only two characters.

The festival will host performances from UAE and the neighbouring Arab countries over several days.

Dibba Al-Hisn Festival was established in 2016 to back and enhance the theatrical activities in the city of Sharjah and encouraging the new artistic trials to enrich the Arabic and local cultural scene.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency