The Palestinian International Cooperation Agency (PICA) concluded today a three days training program on psychosocial support for the members of the Palestinian Rapid Response and Rescue Team (PRRRT) with an aim to building and enhancing the capacities of the members of the team. Doctors from the Palestinian Ministry of Health, paramedics and nurses from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society and members of the Palestinian Civil Defense participated in the program.
The three-days training, was delivered by specialized trainers from PCPM to build the capacities of local ambulance staff, paramedics and emergency personnel, in addition to developing their skills and to enhancing their effectiveness in crisis situations and overcoming fear and feelings of anxiety so that medical personnel can better deal with the casualties properly.
The training consisted of theoretical and practical aspects of how to breathe properly, support colleagues and peers in crises, improve communication with people in the ER and ambulances, as well as to provide insights on crisis management procedures dealing with injuries and traumas during emergencies.
Within the same context, PICA held an expanded technical meeting with national and Polish partners, in the presence of the Polish Ambassador to the State of Palestine, H.E. Mr. Przemyslaw Czyz and a delegation from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visiting Palestine to assess the various projects financed by Poland and implemented by the Polish Center for International Aid.
The Polish Ambassador and delegation had an important exchange with representatives of the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Firas Al-Atrash Director General of Control, and Dr. Mustafa Al-Qawasmi, Director General of Ambulance and Emergency, and representatives of the Palestine Red Crescent Society, Mr. Ibrahim Al-Ghoula, Director of Ambulance and Emergency and Rasha Bakir, who explained the cooperation between with Polish Center for International Aid and also discussed training programs to be implemented during the coming period.
Director General of PICA, Imad Al-Zuhairi, welcomed Ambassador Mr. Przemyslaw Czyz and his accompanying delegation, stressing the importance of cooperation between the Palestinian International Cooperation Agency, the Representative Office of Poland and the Polish Center for International Aid.
Al-Zuhairi stated that since 2017, PICA started its cooperation with Poland through the implementation of many important programs, one of which is to support the Palestinian Rapid Response and Rescue Team’s ability to intervene and respond in urgent situations.
Al-Zuhairi also stressed the need for the implementation of new bilateral and triangular programs during the year 2020.
His Excellency Mr. Przemyslaw Czyz expressed his satisfaction and contentment for the great accomplishments achieved by PICA in a short period of time, stressing that Poland will continue its support to the State of Palestine, through its various programs, especially those implemented by the Polish Center for International Aid aimed at building the capabilities of the Palestinian personnel in the health sector, and improve the access to health care services.
Counselor Mervat Hassan, Director of the Eastern European Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates,
Third Secretary Shirin Al-Far, and Diplomatic Attaché Lama Hijjawi, attended the meeting.
INCHEON – Organized by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), the State of Palestine, represented by PICA, participated in 2019 Sustainable Development Transformation Forum (SDTF), held in Incheon, Republic of Korea from 22 to 24 October 2019.
The forum accommodated around 140 participants from governments, UN Agencies, think tanks, development banks, academic institutions, civil societies, and private sector from around the world.
PICA Director General, Imad Al-Zuhairi, who represented the State of Palestine, stated that the forum explored mechanisms of achieving fundamental transformations to promote 2030 agenda and its SDGs.
The forum also provided suggestions to move from incremental to transformational change in economic and social systems. SDTF also examined the importance of getting political leaders to take adequate policy decisions needed for effective and systemic change to face existing challenges.
One of the main outcomes of SDTF is launching Incheon declaration that includes 17 paragraphs centered on making a transformative change that contributes to more effective implementation of SDGs, and focused on how to make this transition by involving related segments and components of the international community.
The declaration also explored the importance of building alliances and strengthening existing ones to bring about required transformational change, as well as the importance of investing in education.
The forum included the launching of the first quadrennial Global Sustainable Development Report prepared by an independent group of Scientists appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General.
The Forum performed as a platform to learn about the programs and experiences of countries pertaining to implementing SDGs. It reiterated the importance of the political decision in the implementation of the 2030 agenda, through a combination of scaling finance, strengthening governance, shaping human behavior, and applying science and technology. Furthermore, it shed light on the role of partnerships, business and civil society to overcome difficulties and challenges, aiming at accomplishing the desired progress.
WINDHOEK – PICA implemented its first development program pertaining to water management in Namibia, in cooperation with the Embassy of the State of Palestine to South Africa and other competent Namibian authorities.
Aiming to enhance water management and supply in Namibia, the program’s main purpose is to reduce the prevailing water scarcity in the country and the persisting drought.
The program was conducted few months after H.E President Hage Geingob declared a drought state of emergency, which required the intervention of the international community to take drought contingency measures and provide support to the Government of Namibia.
PICA Director General, Imad Al-Zuhairi, stated that this mission is a reflection of the deeply rooted relations between the State of Palestine and Namibia that has for so long supported the State of Palestine and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination, national independence and sovereignty.
The mission consists of field assessment of several dams in Namibia, and technical meetings with the Ministry of Agriculture and Water, the National Disaster Management Committee and a number of Namibian universities.
As water resources management has called for an adoption of new approaches towards the management of the limited and ever pressured water resources, the program aims also at developing a strategic plan to face drought and finding specific mechanisms for how to develop advanced means of soil conservation and access to water.
PICA mission contributes to Namibian efforts in finding effective practices in the management, provision and safeguarding of water resources.
PICA took part in the Fifth International Meeting on Triangular Cooperation, held in Lisbon on 17-18 Oct 2019.
The international meeting, organized by OECD and supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Ibero-American Programme for the Strengthening of South-South Co-operation (PIFCSS), brought together a wide range of practitioners and officials from different actors involved in triangular cooperation to discuss follow-ups of the Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA +40), held in Buenos Aires on 20-22 March 2019.
PICA Director General, Imad Al-Zuhairi, stated that PICA participation in this meeting reiterates its commitment to promote triangular cooperation as one practical modality to achieve the 2030 Agenda. It is also considered as a follow up of the State of Palestine’s participation in BAPA+40 and the 4th high level meeting on country-led knowledge sharing held in Indonesia, Al-Zuhairi added.
Within the framework of this meeting, PICA aims at sharing experiences and bringing more partners on board for effective triangular cooperation in programs being conducted and envisaged for 2020 and 2021 in full coordination with local and international partners.
PICA ‘s participation in the conference came as a result to the cooperation with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and in full coordination with the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Portugal.
Kingstown / Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
In cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Health and the Embassy of the State of Palestine to Venezuela, PICA implements its second phase of development programs in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The program comes as an outcome of the cooperation agreements signed between the parties in 2017.
PICA Director General, Imad Al-Zuhairi, stated that the medical and agricultural programs are actual contribution by the State of Palestine to promote SDGs and its 2030 agenda and South-South and Triangular Cooperation.
The program is based on transferring of Palestinian knowledge in specific fields. Palestinian capabilities are adapted to the expressed needs and priorities of the beneficiary , DG Al-Zuhairi elaborated.
In addition to cooperation in the medical and livestock fields, PICA mission aims at developing vegetable production systems to improve the quality and quantity of agricultural products.
It is worth mentioning that the Palestinian medical delegation includes specialized doctors in laparoscopic surgery, orthopedics, pediatric and emergency.
The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research organized a networking meeting with PICA and other High Educational Institutions.
PICA representatives discussed PICA four pillars including: technical cooperation and knowledge sharing, PICA relief and humanitarian responses, fostering investment opportunities and policy leadership.
The meeting comes as a follow-up to the MoU signed few weeks ago with MoEHE under which the two parties will come up with innovative academic and educational solutions to address the needs of targeted countries.
It is worth mentioning that PICA was established by the directions of H.E President Mahmoud Abbas as a public diplomacy tool of the State of Palestine. Hence, PICA reinforces the role of the State of Palestine internationally through transferring Palestinian expertise to countries of the South as contribution by the State of Palestine to realize UN 2030 SDGs.
On the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, an important publication on the development of the national ecosystems for South-South and triangular cooperation was launched at the UN Headquarters today.
The publication reflects mechanisms of cooperation based on solidarity through development to contribute to the implementation of the UN 2030 SDGs. PICA Director General, Imad Al-Zuhairi, representing the State of Palestine delivered a statement during the launching ceremony, and stated that: following up on the implementation of the outputs of BAPA+40 conference held last March in Argentina, the international community needs to work collectively in order to ensure the most appropriate outcome for North-South cooperation while implementing SDGs.
The conference included an interactive panel discussion in which DGs of the participated international cooperation agencies TCR’s highlighted the challenges they face, the opportunities they have and the available possibilities to enhance cooperation, while taking into consideration the increasing capabilities of the countries of the South to face challenges, seize opportunities and provide specialized human resources, funding and technical assistance.
The conference resulted in reinforcing partnerships and institutional measures between partners geographically and thematically, particularly in a context were growing demands for development interventions are facilitated by the IsDB to develop national ecosystems when dealing with issues of trilateral cooperation nature.
The side event was attended by senior personalities from IsDB including H.E. Dr. Bandar Hajar, president of the IsDb Group, TCR’s, UN organizations and specialized Agencies.
During a meeting taking place at the Egyptian Representative Office in Ramallah, PICA briefed the Egyptian Ambassador to the State of Palestine, H.E. Essam El-Din Ashour, on its international programs, discussing ways to enhance cooperation between PICA and its Egyptian counterpart.
H.E. Amb. Ashour welcomed PICA delegation headed by Director General, Imad Al-Zuhairi, and pointed out the importance of a strategic partnership between the Palestinian and Egyptian agencies to serve their common interests.
D.G. Al-Zuhairi underlined the importance of cooperation with the Egyptian Agency of partnership for development , within the framework of South-South and Triangular Cooperation.
Both parties agreed on taking concrete steps to establish a strategic partnership that could result in the signing of a cooperation agreement, including proposals for action that include a number of activities and cooperation programs.
Such agreement will serve the contribution by both parties to achieve UN 2030 SDGs and the African Agenda 2063.
The Palestinian International Cooperation Agency (PICA) and the Higher Council for Innovation & Excellence (HCIE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which aims to enhance cooperation between the two parties in order to support and implement joint programs within the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship and the transfer of Palestinian expertise in technology.
It should be mentioned that the partnership between PICA and HCIE paves the way for launching the “Innovation for SDGs” initiative, which is a multi-stakeholder development program that aims to provide a platform for Palestinian innovators and entrepreneurs to apply, test and scale their innovative solutions aimed at addressing global development challenges and contributing to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda.
PICA is proud of its partnership with HCIE and looking forward to working closely with representatives of the Palestinian entrepreneurial ecosystem in order to ensure the success of this ambitious initiative and deliver positive impact at both the local and international levels.