Monday, February 22, 2016

“Civil Defense and Modern Media Conference” to Kick off in Abu Dhabi in March

Under the Auspices of Saif bin Zayed

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Wednesday, February 17th 2016 [ME NewsWire]

Under the patronage of Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, the “Civil Defense and Modern Media Conference” will kick off on the first of March, to mark the celebration of the World Civil Defense Day.

In his statement during a press conference held today (Wednesday) in Abu Dhabi, Major General Jassem Muhammad Al Marzouqui, Civil Defense General Commander-in-chief, stressed that the conference establishes the principles of joint action between specialized government institutions and various segments of society. “It contributes to the development of common and sustainable communications and co-operation for the security and safety of the community. It also embodies the strategic directives of increasing awareness of preventing hazards such as fires and accidents, and ways of dealing with disasters,” he added.

Additionally, Major General Al Marzouqui praised the unwavering support and close follow-up by the police leadership, which has a significant impact in improving the sector’s staff members’ performance. He also pointed out that the civil defense staff members have shown high professionalism, morale, bravery, courage and sacrifice in the fields of their work. They have implemented best practices in the field of fire fighting, prevention and rescue. They also have endeavored to spread the culture of safety and preventive awareness, and acquaint community members with security and safety requirements in order to protect lives, property and facilities.

Major General Al Marzouqui emphasized that the celebration provides the opportunity to remember the implementation of the statute of the International Civil Defense Organization, which was approved on the first of March 1972 in Geneva. “It also highlights the importance and role of civil defense organizations in supporting development plans, protecting life and property plans, and the many contributions of these groups in terms of fighting against disasters that threaten human life and the environment,” he said.

Furthermore, Major General Al Marzouqui underscored that the “Civil Defense and Modern Media Conference” recognizes the important role of the media in the transfer and delivery of messages that the civil defense is trying to deliver to all segments of society. These messages are transmitted in various languages, through traditional and modern methods- particularly social networks. “Social networks are primarily interactive media platforms. They are an important part of the media strategy of the Civil Defense GHQ, as they are a channel through which we can communicate with the public to spread prevention and safety messages. This is to emphasize the importance of community awareness in the protection of fires, and to provide safety for all by complying with the public safety standards and requirements,” he concluded.

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The Arabic-language text of this announcement is the official, authoritative version. Translations are provided as an accommodation only, and should be cross-referenced with the Arabic-language text, which is the only version of the text intended to have legal effect.


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