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Lubna Al Qasimi pays tribute to Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi
posted on 29/05/2015

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Co-operation and Development (MICAD), Head of the UAE Committee for Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Aid, has commended the local, regional and international humanitarian achievements of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
She also praised the UAE's humanitarian record, describing it as "an undisputed state of compassion, fraternity and humanitarian sympathy," thanks to the directives of the wise leadership.
Commenting on the launch of the International Childhood Cancer Fund launched by Sheikha Jawaher today, Sheikha Lubna said, "When we talk about the dangers and tragedies being suffered by millions of children in developing countries and the world's poor communities, that must find resonance among those who respond to the needs of these children and rush to mitigate their sufferings and pain."
She added that the world has known Sheikha Jawaher as a prominent defender of humanitarian causes in all fields, adding, "Her legacy will be etched in humanitarian records."
Sheikha Lubna said the launch of the initiative by Sheikha Jawaher reflects her awareness about the risks posed by cancer, and added that cancer claims 90,000 children worldwide annually.
"Sheikha Jawaher's co-operation with the International Union against Cancer comes in line with her efforts to provide support for children with cancer to speed up recovery from the life-threatening disease," she said.
She noted that Sheikha Jawaher's initiatives have continued unabated, citing her appreciation by the High Commissioner of the United Nations for Refugees (UNHCR), which named her an "outstanding refugee children's advocate" due to her contribution to assisting refugees across the region.
Lubna added that Sheikha Jawaher sought to raise awareness, collect donations and aid to support Syria's refugee children at their camps in host countries. She also championed other initiatives such as the reconstruction of Lebanon, assistance of the children of Palestine, peace campaign for young people as well as donations for The Big Heart Campaign for Palestinian children. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395281171965.html

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Jawaher Al Qasimi launches International Childhood Cancer Fund and donates US$1million
posted on 28/05/2015

GENEVA, 28th May, 2015 (WAM) -- Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients Society, FoCP, and International Ambassador for the World Cancer Declaration of the Union for International Cancer Control, UICC, has launched the International Childhood Cancer Fund to support children with cancer worldwide.
The fund, the first of its kind in the world, is launched in cooperation with the UICC, and aims to save the lives of many of the 90,000 children who die of cancer each year. The fund will collect donations and provide financial support for awareness campaigns, provide healthcare and treatment, and fund emergency relief projects to provide care for children with cancer.
Sheikha Jawaher, also International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC, announced a donation of US$1 million through The Big Heart Foundation, to be the fund's first revenue. She expressed her delight to be launching the International Childhood Cancer Fund, saying, "The fund will help alleviate the suffering of many children, especially those in low and middle-income countries which result in the deaths of eight children per 10 diagnosed with cancer, thus contributing to saving the lives of 30,000 children a year."
She added, "The major challenge in combating childhood cancer is the difficulty of determining the risk factors that require medical intervention, unlike cancers in adults, which can be detected through awareness programmes and medical check-ups."
Sheikha Jawaher said, "What is the value of money if it is not used to prevent human suffering? Would not our lives become more beautiful when our children are safe and well and have access to better healthcare? International solidarity is essential to reduce child mortality and give them the opportunity to enjoy life. This requires substantial financial resources, government and community support and increasing support for healthcare systems, particularly in the area of children's tumours, so as to contribute to reducing mortality rates to 40-50%. This would be a big achievement and should be the main focus for us all."
Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi continued, "The fall in child cancer deaths is normally associated with strong healthcare systems, which can detect cancer early, diagnose it accurately and provide effective treatment. In this way childhood cancer can be cured by providing immediate and necessary treatment. Equal access to treatment, care and support for children with cancer is an important human right and must be on the agenda of health and humanitarian organisations at the international level, simply because cancer does not discriminate between children in one country or another. Any child of any age, anywhere in the world, can be struck by this deadly disease. Every effort must be made to increase survival rates in countries where people do not have sufficient financial resources for early detection and treatment."
The International Childhood Cancer Fund was launched two weeks after Sheikha Jawaher visited the Children's Cancer Hospital Egypt (CCHE 57357) in Cairo, the largest paediatric cancer hospital in the Arab region, and called for free treatment, healthcare and psychological support to all children with cancer worldwide. She said that her mission is to reduce the suffering of children with cancer and mitigate the pain for their families and the burden on society and is in ongoing discussions with the UICC to find effective ways to do so.
She called on all authorities, organisations and institutions around the world to support the fund and to be active contributors to the survival of more children. She added that the UICC is an ideal partner for the fund, due to its professionalism and long experience in working with top scientists, doctors and researchers around the world to reduce cancer mortality worldwide.
The UICC President, Professor Tezer Kutluk, said, "We at UICC congratulate Sheikha Jawaher for her dedication to children with cancer, and are delighted to work with her and FoCP on this important initiative. As a paediatric oncologist, I am aware of the many challenges facing children with cancer around the world, particularly those from poorer backgrounds who have limited access to health infrastructure. While we have many effective treatments for childhood cancer that have raised survival rates significantly over the last 50 years, it is of great concern that these treatments are not available or accessible to so many children."
Dr. Cary Adams, UICC Chief Executive, also expressed gratitude for Her Highness's contribution. He said, "Her Highness' commitment to our vision where all children, no matter where they live, are given the best opportunity to survive cancer, is highly commendable. Through her support, we will be able to reinforce the strong civil society movement and advocate for greater attention to childhood cancer. In the poorest parts of the world, even if children with cancer are referred to the appropriate services, they are often diagnosed very late. This inequality in access to timely diagnosis, treatment and care is unacceptable. For many families, the costs of childhood cancer are simply unaffordable and families often have to make heart-breaking decisions around treatment for their child."
During the ceremony, the UICC President and UICC Chief Executive honoured Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi for her efforts over the years in fighting against childhood cancer worldwide, and helping to alleviate the suffering of the children with cancer.
Sheikha Jawaher was accompanied by Ameera Bin Karam, President of Board of Trustees and a founding member of FoCP, Sawsan Jaafar and Noha Safar, board members of FoCP, Noura Al Noman, Director-General of Sheikha Jawaher's Executive Office, and Erum Mazhar, Advisor at the Executive Office. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395281112328.html

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UAE hands over 200 buses to Egypt
posted on 27/05/2015

CAIRO: The UAE has delivered 200 buses to Egypt, the second instalment in its promise to donate 600 buses to the public transport authority in Cairo, said the Coordination Office of the UAE-funded Development Projects in Egypt.
The donated buses were manufactured by Abu Dhabi-based Hafilat Industries and JB Polo Buses Manufacturing in Egypt.
The Office says that up to 600,000 residents of the Egyptian capital are expected to use the buses, which could help reduce the chronic traffic congestion and accidents in the city as well as transport cost by 50 percent .
Preparations are underway to hand over yet a third instalment of the donated buses to Egyptian authorities, the Office added.
Governor of Cairo, Jalal Mustafa Saeed, who took delivery of the buses, praised the UAE for its support for his country and noted that the founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, laid the foundations of the solid relations between the two countries.
The Office noted that the first instalment of the donated bus were delivered to Egypt in early March. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –

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UAE envoy commissions 45 fresh water wells in Tanzania
posted on 27/05/2015

NGORONGORO, TANZANIA: The UAE Ambassador to Tanzania Abdullah Ibrahim Al Suwaidi has commissioned 45 water wells in Loliondo division in Tanzania's Ngorongoro District.
The wells were dug as part of the UAE Water Aid (Suqia) initiative.
Al Suwaidi announced that an additional 15 wells will be drilled as part of the initiative, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Present at the commissioning were Tanzanian Tourism Minister Lazaro Nyalandu, Saeed Suhail Al Mazrouei, representative of the UAE Red Crescent Authority, senior Tanzanian officials and citizens of the district.
Minister Nyalandu thanked the UAE for the continuous support to the people of Tanzania and said the project reflected the excellent relations between the two countries and strong friendship between their leaders.
The UAE Ambassador also visited Loliondo elementary school and hospital and announced drilling of two wells there.
The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr Lazaro Nyalandu, together with the envoy for the United Arab Emirates in Tanzania, Ambassador Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Suwaidi, unveiled the water project which will serve Emarti, Olobo, Loliondo-Bondeni, Orkanda, Maaloni, Wasso, Ng'waras, Shamba-la-Magereza, Orkeyen, Loipiri, Sukenya, Magaidulu, and Kwakashi villages. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395281094167.html

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Dubai Duty Free GK Village officially opens at Binotong in the Philippines
posted on 25/05/2015

Dubai Duty Free, through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, the Dubai Duty Free Foundation, in partnership with Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine-based poverty alleviation and nation-building movement, has officially opened the Dubai Duty Free GK Village. The ceremony saw the operation hand over ownership of 32 houses to Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Binotong, in the province of Leyte in the Philippines.
Following the strongest typhoon that hit the country in November 2013, Dubai Duty Free, with various efforts from foreign governments and international agencies, reached out to Gawad Kalinga to be a part of the rebuilding programme for those who survived the onslaught of the typhoon by providing them with more typhoon-resilient homes.
Commenting on the official handover, Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman, Colm McLoughlin, said, "We are deeply honoured to open the Dubai Duty Free GK Village for those who were victims of typhoon Haiyan and were left homeless.
Today's ceremonial handover of the symbolic key to these houses affirms Dubai Duty Free, through our Foundation and through our staff initiatives, as a supporter of the noble and humanitarian goal of delivering rehabilitation assistance to people affected by natural disasters in the Philippines."
"The beauty of this project has been that the local people get to participate in the rebuilding process, which makes it more meaningful to the families who can see that their personal investment of hard work has created their new home. My thanks to our management and staff who have contributed towards the funding process along with our foundation." added Mr McLoughlin.
Present during the handover ceremony and awarding of the units on behalf of Dubai Duty Free was Olympia Pineda, Manager - Corporate Responsibility, Teresa Lomotan and Carmelito Soza. Other attendees were Kevin Caballero, Gawad Kalinga Area Coordinator from Eastern Visayas and Romeo Caldosa, Project Director, along with local government officials headed by Marvin Barona, Municipal Councillor and Narciso Caldosa Jr., Barangay Chairman.
The Dubai Duty Free Foundation has supported many charitable initiatives affected by natural disasters, including the rebuilding of Palliyawatta Village in Sri Lanka following the tragedy of the 2004 tsunami. In 2014, the operation also supported the industry-based charity, Hand in Hand for Haiti, which saw the opening of a US$1.5 million Dubai Duty Free Sports Complex.
Since 2004, 34 local and 51 overseas charities have benefited from the support of Dubai Duty Free. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280976212.html

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UAE exerts utmost efforts to save Somalia, revive its economy, says Somali official
posted on 18/05/2015

MOGADISHU: President of Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, praised the huge efforts exerted by the UAE to save his country and restore its stability and security.
The Somali official affirmed that the UAE supports Somalia in the security, political and economic fields and implements vital investment projects in his country. "The UAE exerts its utmost efforts to save Somalia and works to restore Somalia's security and stability, and to revive its economy," he said.
The Voice of Somalia website quoted Ali as saying during a press conference held after his tour in three countries, including the UAE, that he met with a number of Emirati government and private sector officials and discussed with them avenues of cooperation as well as ways to support various sectors of the Government of Puntland.
He noted that the discussions focussed on the security, economic and political fields as well as the investment domain. He also added that all his meetings with the UAE officials were successful, pointing out that within the coming few weeks, a number of Emirati investors and officials will arrive to support the population in the north eastern areas of Somalia. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280717124.html

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Jawaher Al Qasimi calls for global collaboration to tackle autism
posted on 17/05/2015

Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of HH the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, has called for a global collaboration by governments and private organisations to fund autism research in order to find a cure for the condition.
She underlined the need for collaborative efforts by all doctors and scientists worldwide to identify the causes of autism and work towards finding an effective treatment.
The call was made by Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi during a visit to the Daycare Centre for Autistic Children at Abbasiya Mental Hospital in Cairo. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects one percent of the world population and millions of children are diagnosed with autism throughout the world.
Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi said, "Autism prevalence figures are on the rise, making it the fastest growing spectrum disorder in the world with an estimate of one in 100 children being on the autistic spectrum. Increased financial support for research could help scientists to determine its causes which could help these children to lead normal lives."
She was welcomed at Abbasiya Mental Hospital by Dr. Adel Adawi, Egyptian Minister of Health and Population, Hisham Rami, Secretary-General of Mental Health (MoH Egypt), Dr. Redha El Ghamrawi, Director General of Abbasiya Hospital, Dr. Mustafa Shahin, Professor of Psychiatry at Cairo University, and a number of officials and doctors in the hospital.
The Autism Centre was opened in 2013 and offers daily integrated services to autistic children under 5-years-old. Over the past two years, the centre succeeded in rehabilitating 75 children back in to society naturally.
Sheikha Jawaher toured the hospital and met with the Minister of Health and other officials who spoke of the efforts made by the hospital staff in the area of child psychiatry, the services provided and the results achieved. The discussion also touched on the hospital's plan to set up a new project called the National Psychiatry Centre for Autistic Children and Adolescents, which will be the first of its kind in the region and will serve a large segment of children and young people with autism.
Sheikha Jawaher added, "Every child suffering anywhere in the world touches our hearts and makes us feel their pain physically or psychologically. When medical experts stand powerless to find an effective solution to autism that prevents young people having access to education and playing with their peers due to the condition, it saddens us all. This is why these healthcare facilities are vitally important. They play a key role in supporting these children psychologically and rehabilitating them so they can make use of their talents and give them and their families hope."
She applauded the work of the hospital's medical team in the treatment and rehabilitation of children and adolescents and said that their dedication, hard work, faithfulness and veracity in dealing with patients had prompted her to visit the hospital and acquaint herself with its needs.
Sheikha Jawaher said, "These children who you serve are part of the future of Egypt and the Arab and Islamic nations, and therefore we must ensure they receive the proper health and psychological care. The Emirate of Sharjah, the UAE, and me personally, will be the first contributors to the development plan for the Daycare Autism Centre and also to the National Psychiatry Centre for Children and Adolescents with Autism, to safeguard the health of children and young people in Egypt and the region who will benefit from the services of the two facilities."
Dr. Adel Adawi praised Sheikha Jawaher for her support of sick children worldwide and said that her visit to Al Abbasiya Hospital, specifically the Autism Centre, reflected a sense of humanity and vision. He also praised HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, saying that as long as there are leaders such as Sheikh Sultan and his wife, the people of Egypt and the rest of the Arab region should be optimistic about the future. "The Arab world needs a unified strategy on mental health for children and adolescents to ensure early detection and proper sound treatment," he said.
Following the meeting, Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi visited the children and classrooms and listened to a number of specialists who said the centre educates families about autism to ensure early detection and intervention which will enable them to attend school and develop social skills.
She was also briefed on the services provided within the centre, and assessed their need for medical equipment and educational supplies to ensure continued healthcare services. Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi emphasised her love for Egypt and its people that she said always motivates her to contribute to any humanitarian project that serves the Egyptian people and the region. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280652102.html

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Jawaher Al Qasimi calls for worldwide free healthcare for children with cancer
posted on 15/05/2015

CAIRO: H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients Society (FoCP), the International Ambassador of the World Cancer Declaration for Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC, has called for providing free treatment, healthcare and psychological support to all children worldwide.
The call came when Sheikha Jawaher visited Children's Cancer Hospital Egypt (CCHE 57357) in Cairo, the largest paediatric cancer hospital in the Arab region, and attended the opening ceremony of a new wing named after her. The hospital wing was named Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi in recognition of her generosity in providing financial support for the treatment of children with cancer. A banner displayed the name of Sheikha Jawaher and her saying to children with cancer, "You are the hero of your story, and you will always be in my heart."
Dr. Hani Hussein, CEO of Children Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357, Dr. Sherif Abou El-Naga, Vice President of the Hospital, and a number of officials and medical team met Sheikha Jawaher, who were accompanied by Ameera BinKaram, President of Board of Trustees and a founding member of FoCP, Noura Al Noman, Director of the Executive Office of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher, and Noha Safar, board member of FoCP.
Sheikha Jawaher called for joint action to protect children against the physical and psychological pain of cancer, stressing that healthcare is an essential right of children in order to lead normal lives and to be pain free. "I have such hope when I see that there are people and organisations who work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of children with cancer. More than 250,000 children a year suffer from cancer which leads to the death of 90,000 annually, 80 percent live in poor and middle-income countries. These figures require governments and people to help save the lives of innocent children, through the provision of scientific research, medical equipment and human cadres that are able to detect and diagnose cancer early, and provide medical treatment and psychological support to children and their parents to help them overcome this ordeal," she said.
Sheikha Jawaher visited a number of sick children at the hospital, and a number of refugee children who were receiving treatment there. She told them that she will stop at nothing to mobilise Arab and international support to protect them and help them until they recover and can carry on leading a normal life.
She listened to a detailed presentation on the five-year expansion plan set by the hospital to increase its capacity of beds, and to set up a childhood cancer research and study centre.
Sheikha Jawaher reaffirmed her on-going support for the hospital and her efforts to mobilise the Arab and international support to continue to provide treatment to the children of Egypt and other countries in the region.
Dr. Sherif Abou El Naga said, "We named one of the hospital's wings after H.H. Sheikha Jawaher in appreciation of her support for the hospital and children who are receiving treatment here, and her international contributions that reflect her personal interest in this humanitarian issue and her sympathy for cancer patients."
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, approximately 80% of children with cancer are living in developing countries. Sheikha Jawaher therefore stressed the need to develop common international strategies to protect the lives of hundreds of thousands of children with cancer around the world, and curb the negative effects of the disease on children, their families and society as a whole. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280597909.html

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Khalifa Foundation provides medical laparoscope to hospital in Thailand
posted on 14/05/2015

BANGKOK: The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has provided Wetchakarunrasm Hospital in Thailand, one of nine major hospitals in Bangkok, with a laparoscope for abdomen surgery, as part of the support programmes provided by the organisation.
The UAE Ambassador to Thailand, Saif Abdullah Mohammed Al Shamsi, who oversaw the delivery of the medical device, said that the provision of medical equipment by the Khalifa Foundation is part of its humanitarian assistance efforts, which also support medical centres around the world better serve their patients. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280526194.html

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Sharjah Ruler opens new building of Union of Scientific and Arab Language Academies
posted on 12/05/2015

CAIRO: H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on Sunday officially opened the new building of the Union of Scientific and Arab Language Academies in the 6th of October City, Giza Governorate.
In his remarks at the opening ceremony, H.H. Sheikh Sultan described the union as a lighthouse for "preserving Arabic, correcting concepts" that we should support.
He added that all Arabic academies in the Arab Nation should likewise be supported.
"The Union cannot act single-handedly and without being backed by decisions that can change the reality of this nation. There must be a proactive action to support the language, decisions, thought and knowledge of Arabs. Through ministries of information, education and higher education, governments should correct some conceptions and restore the rich history of Arabic."
H.H. Sheikh Sultan also pledged to support the Union and work with others to help achieve its noble goal.
The two-storey building features a library, meeting rooms, offices as well as rooms for researchers.
Senior Egyptian officials and scholars attended the opening ceremony. %. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280427513.html

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UAE delivers 50,000 social housing units to Egyptian government
posted on 12/05/2015

CAIRO: The Egyptian Prime Minister, Ibrahim Mahlab, attended the signing of a protocol of the Egyptian government's receipt of over 50,000 housing units for social housing as part of the UAE's development projects in Egypt.
The protocol was signed by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of the Coordinating Bureau of the UAE development projects in Egypt, and Mustafa Madbouli, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities.
The project will see the creation of more than 50,000 apartments in 36 locations in 17 Egyptian governorates as part of the development projects being implemented by the UAE government in Egypt, aimed at improving the services provided to people in the country, especially in rural and remote areas, and contributing to enhancing the quality of daily life in vital areas such as energy, food security, infrastructure, education, transport and communication, as well as providing employment opportunities.
The housing project is designed to alleviate the challenges facing Egypt by creating housing complexes for more than 350,000 people with limited income and include basic living facilities such as mosques, shops, child-care centres, and recreational facilities. %. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280426863.html

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Emirati Charity Works Authority opens vocational training centre in Jenin
posted on 07/05/2015

JENIN, WEST BANK: A vocational training centre to help the Palestinian labour market gain expertise in vocational and technical education has opened in Jenin, with the support of the Emirati Charity Works Authority.
Palestinian officials praised the UAE's support for various Palestinian sectors and for helping them overcome the challenges they are facing during the current difficult economic conditions.
In a ceremony to mark the opening of the centre, Nasser Qatami, Palestinian Deputy Minister of Labour, said, "This centre will supplement the Palestinian labour market expertise and achieve growth in vocational and technical education," adding that the UAE's support has a large impact and substantially contributes to the Palestinian development.
He also explained that the centre will contribute to reducing unemployment and provide job opportunities for graduates. "These centres are of great importance to help the development of human resources needed by the Palestinian community." - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280215153.html

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Jawaher Al Qasimi: Education and knowledge are the key to empowering and supporting women worldwide
posted on 03/05/2015

H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Honorary Chairperson of Sharjah Businesswomen Council (SBWC), stressed that efforts made by International organisations, notably the UN, contribute significantly to supporting and empowering women throughout the world, especially countries that were late in granting women their full rights.
Sheikha Jawaher said, "Education and knowledge are key to empowering and supporting women worldwide, and the international community should put women's empowerment among its top priorities, in order to help women reach their potential and contribute to social and economic development. There is a need to ensure women's right to pursue education on an equal footing with her male counterpart."
She pointed out that the Emirati woman plays a crucial role in developing society through participation in various social, economic and professional fields, making her an essential part of the growth process.
She said, "The Emirati woman has made remarkable achievements, thanks to the forward- thinking approach embraced by the UAE state and its leaders in supporting and empowering women. An approach which is derived from the true Islamic Sharia teachings that give women their right to education, work and a full life."
The statement was made during her meeting with Ms. Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, at Al Badea Palace in Sharjah, on Thursday evening. The meeting came after Sheikha Jawaher's meeting with Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of UN Women at the UN headquarters in New York last year.
The meeting was attended by Ameera BinKaram, Chairperson of Sharjah Business Women Council, Noura Al Noman, Director General of Her Highness' Executive Office (HHEO) and number of delegates from Sharjah Business Women's Council.
Sheikha Jawaher welcomed Ms. Lakshmi Puri and extended her thanks and appreciation to her and the UN Women team for their efforts and unlimited support in empowering women at local, regional and international levels.
Sheikha Jawaher and Ms. Lakshmi Puri discussed how to advance the social and economic roles of women and they reviewed the key points and topics discussed during last year's meeting at the UN Women in New York, as well as how to continue to support women in the Arab region and wider world.
Sheikha Jawaher said, "The most important role of women in UAE society and other communities is to develop a conscious generation through their efforts in educating and teaching their children and to build capacities and skills that correspond to the vision of the UAE, which aspires to be a leader on the Arab and international level. We constantly encourage women by providing them with all they need in professional development, because we strongly believe that women can contribute significantly to the development of society."
Ms. Lakshmi Puri thanked Sheikha Jawaher for her support in empowering women and encouraging them to develop their families and community at all levels. She said women are an inseparable part of society, and therefore they should have the right to education, health, employment, and other walks of life. She added that these rights will help women in their social, economic, cultural and managerial roles, which are fundamental to development in different countries around the world.
During the meeting, Sheikha Jawaher explained the role of the Sharjah Business Women's Council (SBWC) in supporting and empowering women in Sharjah and the UAE. The meeting also touched on the recent visit by the delegation of the SBWC and the Executive Office of Sheikha Jawaher to the Italian Academy in Florence - one of the most prestigious institutes for art, interior design, fashion, accessories and photography.
The visit aimed to strengthen cooperation with the Italian Academy in supporting Emirati women and qualifying them to enter the world of business, with a focus on the fashion industry. SBWC has programs such as the Irthi program to endorse women's talents in traditional crafts.
The UN Women is dedicated to supporting policies adopted by UN agencies in regard to gender equality, women in leadership roles and economic empowerment of women, the elimination all forms of discrimination and violence against women and women's rights in general.
Last year, the UN Women launched 'HeForShe' campaign, aimed at ensuring greater participation of men in promoting women's rights and gender equality. 'HeForShe' is a global solidarity movement that aims to end gender inequality by 2030, enabling women to enjoy their rights without discrimination in all walks of life. It also aims to protect women against violence. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280018273.html

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Noor Dubai Foundation’s Art4Sight charity exhibition opens 5th edition
posted on 30/04/2015

The 5th edition of Noor Dubai Foundation's Art4Sight charity exhibition and auction, which aims to support global blindness prevention programmes, has opened its door with the participation of 34 artists who have donated 44 pieces of artwork to support blindness prevention, treatment, education and training.
The exhibition and auction was opened yesterday by Essa Al Maidoor, Chairman of Noor Dubai Foundation, accompanied by Saeed Mohamed Al Naboodah, Director General of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Dr. Manal Taryam, CEO of Noor Dubai Foundation, at the Zabeel Ladies Club, Dubai.
During the exhibition, participating artists spoke about their artwork and why they have donated their artwork to support the foundation's blindness prevention efforts.
Since the inception of the charity in 2008, Noor Dubai has reached out to 23 million patients around the world and has provided eyeglasses, screening programmes and surgeries.
Dr. Taryam said, "We are thankful to all the artists, art galleries and auction houses for their support and encouragement. Our programmes in countries of need are not limited to restoration of sight, we also support patients who are unable to afford eye medication and glasses with an aim to prevent further deterioration of their condition. Through this programme we hope to make a positive difference to their lives and the lives of their family members. Providing the gift of sight aids both economic and social development in countries of need." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395279880753.html

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In implementation of Sheikha Fatima's initiative, agreement signed to build Children's Hospital in Kosovo
posted on 28/04/2015

The office of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood (Mother of the Nation), and the office of Atifete Jahjaga, President of Kosovo, yesterday signed an agreement to build the Children Surgery Hospital in Pristina, the capital city of Kosovo.
The agreement was signed by Saeed Eid Al Ghafli, Chairman of the Department of Municipal Affairs and member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council from the office of Sheikha Fatima, and Atifete Jahjaga, President of Kosovo on behalf of Kosovo.
The gesture came in implementation of the generous initiative of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.
Dr. Maytha bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State and advisor to the Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), the Ambassador of the UAE in Montenegro, and non-resident Ambassador to Kosovo, Hafsa Abdullah Mohammed Sharif Al Ulama, other officials and the accompanying delegation of the President of Kosovo attended signing of the agreement.
The agreement reflects Sheikha Fatima's interest in providing health care for children in Kosovo and embodies the strong UAE-Kosovan relations.
The hospital provides health care in cases of neonatal diseases of the stomach and intestines, orthopaedics and neurology, nose and throat and urinary tract, endocrine tumours, heart, and blood diseases as well as other specialties.
Commenting on the event, Sheikha Fatima said that providing humanitarian assistance and alleviating the suffering of children in various regions across the world is the best way to enhance interaction among people and spread a culture of peace and love among them.
She added that the hospital will be a sophisticated medical centre and would contribute to providing medical treatment for a lot of children's diseases in Kosovo.
Sheikha Fatima also praised the efforts exerted by Atifete Jahjaga, President of Kosovo, which are aimed at achieving development goals.
The President of Kosovo lauded the support provided by the UAE which embodies the strong relations between the UAE and Kosovo at all levels, thanks to the UAE's wise leadership and noble stances.
Jahjaga extended thanks and appreciation to Sheikha Fatima for her initiative to build this big hospital, stressing that this distinguished facility was named after her, a name that is precious and is dear to the hearts of all the people of Kosovo.
She added that Sheikha Fatima is appreciated by the people of Kosovo in recognition of her humanitarian efforts and unlimited support to people across the world.
Al Ghafli hailed the strong friendship ties between the two countries, noting that building the hospital embodies the strong bilateral relations between the two countries.
He added that this medical institution is a role model in the field of providing latest medical treatment and a symbol of the humanitarian donation made by Sheikha Fatima.
Dr. Al Shamsi highlighted Sheikha Fatima's efforts in the medical field as she gives priority to humanitarian initiatives. She also praised Sheikha Fatima's human interest which went beyond the borders.
Al Ulama said that in the framework of the UAE's approach aimed to provide assistance to all the people across the world, the UAE did not forget Kosovo.
She also reiterated that the UAE has built one of the best hospitals in Kosovo which was named after the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in an honour to the Founder of the UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395279803266.html

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Noor Dubai visits Carter Centre
posted on 27/04/2015

A delegation from Noor Dubai Foundation, led by chairman Essa Al Maidoor, has visited The Carter Centre, a non-profit group in the US.
Jimmy Carter, former US president and the centre's chairman, welcomed the delegation and presented a report on the progress of the trachoma elimination programme being conducted by the foundation and the centre in Ethiopia.
The three-year programme was initiated in January last year to eliminate the eye infection from the Amhara region, the part of the country where it is considered most prevalent. – The National - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/noor-dubai-visits-carter-centre

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Abu Dhabi film plays its part to help Pakistan eradicate polio
posted on 25/04/2015

World Immunization Week 2015 launched yesterday with a special event featuring the documentary, Every Last Child, a film about Polio in Pakistan. The special event, organized by the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO), included a High-Level Panel Discussion.
Every Last Child, produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi and directed by the award-winning filmmaker Tom Roberts, tells the dramatic story of five people impacted by Polio. It shows the terrible consequences of the disease and pays tribute to the vaccinators who pursue their mission in the face of mistrust, cynicism and violence.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili, Chairman of Health Authority Abu Dhabi and member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, stressed on the achievements accomplished by the UAE Pakistan Assistance Program: " In 2013 we managed, through this program to vaccinate more than 8 million children thanks to the amazing mobilization of the local population, this campaign " he added "was pursued in 2014, and succeeded in immunizing 13.2 million children in 4 months only and distributing 28.8 million vaccines since the beginning of this year."
Acting permanent representative of Pakistan, Aamar Aftab Qureishi declared that Polio eradication is a priority for the Pakistani government adding "the UAE PAP program is testament to the strong, brotherly ties between Pakistan and UAE."
Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization, commented on the notable improvements in Pakistan's Polio eradication program and underlined how important it is for the international community to support Pakistan: "What happens in this country determines whether the global Polio Eradication Initiative succeeds or fails, whether the billions of dollars invested to date deliver a polio-free world or count for nothing."
Four billion dollars were pledged two years ago in Abu Dhabi during the Global Vaccine Summit. H.E. Obaid Salem Al Zaabi Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations reminded the audience that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched at the Summit hosted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, in partnership with United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This commitment remains strong today, in 2015, as GPEI continues its work towards the final push, to rid the world of Polio.
Tom Roberts explained that the disease will inevitably and quickly spread if it is not eradicated "the job is almost done," he said " but almost isn't good enough". A message also stressed by Judith Diment Chair of the Rotary Polio Eradication Advocacy Task. She explained the importance of the international global effort in raising the awareness of governments around the world on the necessity of eradicating Polio.
- In conclusion, Mugheer Al Khaili reiterated the UAE's commitment to eradicate Polio as part of his country's international humanitarian policy. He mentioned the various initiatives undertaken to raise awareness at home and abroad. One of which is taking place on the occasion of World Immunization Week. For three consecutive days Every Last Child can be viewed for free in a number of cinemas in the UAE. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395279682170.html

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Sultan Al Jaber visits New Suez Canal
posted on 24/04/2015

ISMAILIA: Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of the Coordination Office of the UAE-funded Development Projects in Egypt has visited the new Suez Canal.
He was briefed on the on-going digging work in the canal and the latest developments in the dredging marine scheme.
Dr. Al Jaber was accompanied by Vice Admiral Mohab Mamish, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, Major General Yassin Tahir, Governor of the Egyptian Governorate of Ismailia and other officials.
On the occasion, Dr. Al Jaber conveyed the greetings of the UAE leadership to brothers in Egypt. He hailed the vision of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt, who launched the New Suez Canal as well as the staff working on the project.
""I wish to express my appreciation to all the operating companies and individuals in the project, especially the UAE National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) which works in close coordination with the Egyptian Suez Canal Authority and receives unlimited support. I also extend my thanks to the Egyptian Armed Forces for the efforts provided towards the projects." Al Jaber said.
The UAE Minister of State congratulated the Egyptian people on the completion of a huge phase of this vital project.
He said, "The project will be the gift from Egypt to the whole world thanks to its positive results on marine movement, since it would contribute to promoting trade and sustainable economic growth by increasing the new canal's capacity along with its revenues." - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395279657754.html

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YouAE Connect: Knitting global benevolence
posted on 21/04/2015

A UAE paper has said that charity, no doubt, begins at home. However, when the term extends to encompass the entire global community in the form of strategic philanthropy, the results sparkle.
"The UAE has accurately recognised this aspect and hence it is that the young nation now stands tall as the most generous in the world," said The Gulf Today in an editorial on Monday.
The country has ranked world's No.1 in foreign aid for the second consecutive year in 2014. The official development aid provided by the country hit Dh18 billion, which formed 1.17 percent of gross national income.
While several individuals and organisations play a major role in pushing the noble mission forward and deserve praise in equal measure, some stand out for their distinctive role of nurturing Emirati volunteers to deal with global needs.
The YouAE Connect is one such commendable programme launched by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation to support emerging Emirati leaders in different fields.
The Foundation uses the strategic or outcomes-driven approach to philanthropy which is the method taken by the world's leading innovators in philanthropy, pioneered a century ago by John D. Rockefeller and still in development by those such as the Gates Foundation and the Clinton Foundation.
The foundation recently gave a group of young Emirati women an opportunity to gain insight into the complex challenges in the field of international development by visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand and volunteering at various philanthropic foundations, NGOs, and social enterprises.
The trip helped the participants feel the pulse of the deprived on foreign land. One volunteer confessed how the trip challenged her pre-conceived notions on international development and made her realise the role not only as representative of her own country, but also of the global world at large.
It dawned on the volunteer that while charity solves temporary issues, strategic philanthropy focused on solving the root causes of social problems. Charity creates a system of dependency, but strategic philanthropy allows the beneficiaries to create their own sources of income, the YouAE Connect volunteer inferred.
"The experience proved to be so valuable that the volunteer, in her own words, developed an absolutely new perspective on aid," the paper added.
The path of benevolence in the UAE has effectively been laid down by the founding father of the nation, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. To this day, his generous legacy has been kept alive, crossing all borders and barriers to touch the hearts of people in almost every country.
"If the words kindness and Emirati are considered as synonyms, now one well knows the reason. The YouAE Connect effort is yet another step which consolidates that belief," concluded the Sharjah-based daily. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395279475867.html

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UAE polio campaign vaccinates millions of Pakistani children
posted on 19/04/2015

ISLAMABAD: The UAE has immunised millions of Pakistani children with than 44 million polio vaccines in the first three months of 2015 as part of the Emirates Polio Campaign launched under directives from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on an initiative by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces.
The UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE-PAP) said total of 15,278,016 polio vaccine doses were given to Pakistani children aged under five years in March in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan, Sindh and the tribal provinces. In February, children in these regions were given 14,977,824 additional doses of the vaccine in February, while in January, 13,826,386 doses were administered.
The UAE-PAP polio campaign used more than 10,000 teams using healthcare centres and mobile units for remote villages, refugee camps and border areas.
The UAE-PAP administration said that the polio vaccination campaign is being carried out on schedule with the fourth dose expected to be completed this month.
The second phase of the "Emirates Polio Campaign" in Pakistan, targeting 17 million children in 53 areas with around 51 million vaccination doses under the slogan, "A Healthy and Bright Future for All". – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395279404017.html

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Lubna: UAE backs international efforts to eradicate chronic, contagious diseases
posted on 19/04/2015

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) and Head of the UAE Committee for Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, the wise leadership of the UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, supports efforts being made by the international community to eradicate chronic and communicable diseases and epidemics.
Commenting on yesterday's announcement by the UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE-PAP) that it had immunised 44 million children in Pakistan with polio vaccines in the first three months of 2015, Sheikha Lubna said the UAE's health campaign reflected its tireless efforts to eradicate polio in countries plagued badly by the life-threatening disease, particularly in Pakistan.
The campaign is part of the Emirates Polio Campaign launched under the directives of President Sheikh Khalifa on an initiative by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.
The minister hailed the honourable role being played by the UAE-PAP's work team to deliver vaccines to the targeted children. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395279428121.html

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Khalifa Foundation provides medical supplies to Dar Al-Shifa hospital in Lebanon
posted on 15/04/2015

The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, in cooperation with the UAE Embassy in Beirut, has provided drugs and medical supplies to Dar Al-Shifa hospital in northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, to support Lebanese and Syrian patients.
An official source at the Khalifa Foundation said that the new medical assistance to Lebanon falls within the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Speaking to Emirates News Agency, WAM, the source said that the foundation had contributed to the establishment of a number of the hospital's sections, where thousands of the Lebanese and Syrians patients received treatment. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395279255068.html

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Khalifa Foundation sponsors mass wedding of 400 Palestinians in Gaza Strip
posted on 13/04/2015

GAZA: Under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Humanitarian Foundation, the foundation has sponsored the mass wedding of 400 Palestinian brides and grooms in the Gaza Strip.
An official source at the Khalifa Foundation said that the wedding, which was held under the title, "Gaza rejoice" in the west of Gaza, is considered as the largest mass wedding in the Strip, pointing out that thousands of Palestinian citizens expressed their happiness and joy at this important event, especially as it is came in difficult circumstances as experienced in the Palestinian territories.
The grooms expressed their joy in this great event and praised the UAE's assistance which came under the guidance of the wise leadership of the UAE that has enabled many of them to achieve their wishes. Their parents also have expressed their thanks and appreciation for the UAE and to the Khalifa Foundation and expressed their deep happiness to marry their sons and daughters in this mass wedding.
The ceremony was attended by a number of dignitaries and media representatives. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395279160387.html

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UAE, Scotland explore joint co-operation in international development
posted on 11/04/2015

The UAE and Scotland have explored mechanisms to boost joint co-operation and exchange of expertise in areas of international co-operation, sustainable development and response to humanitarian crises.
Najla Al Kaabi, Assistant Undersecretary for International Cooperation, Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), has met Humza Yousaf, Scottish Minister for Europe and International Development, to discuss current topics of concern regarding international development and world efforts to draw the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post 2015 Agenda.
Discussions also covered the UAE's initiatives in international humanitarian work, particularly its prompt response to the humanitarian crisis inside Syria and neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395279116919.html

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UAE pledges Dh367m for humanitarian assistance in Syria through UAE humanitarian agencies
posted on 01/04/2015

KUWAIT: The UAE has announced that it will provide an additional Dh367 million(US$100 million) in aid to support humanitarian relief in response to the crisis in Syria.
The announcement was made yesterday by Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development and Head of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, in her statement during the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, which opened yesterday in Kuwait with the participation of representatives of countries and organisations supporting the humanitarian situation in Syria.
Sheikha Lubna extended thanks to the Government and people of Kuwait under the wise leadership of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, 'Leader of Humanity," to host the conference, stressing the UAE's appreciation of the pioneering role of Kuwait in the humanitarian field, especially in the Syrian crisis as well as its efforts in organising the first and second Pledging Conferences for the Syrian people in the last two years.
She also indicated the UAE's rapid response in the light of the directives of the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to provide support and humanitarian assistance for the Syrian internally displaced persons (IDPs) as well as the Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries.
Sheikha Lubna, on this occasion, stated that the UAE's leadership deals with the issue of Syria and that it has honoured its pledges announced in the two previous editions of the International Humanitarian Pledging for Syria with a total of US$360 million in support.
Sheikha Lubna indicated the key role played by the UAE in response to the international humanitarian challenges to support Syrian IDPs and Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries. The UAE humanitarian assistance for the affected Syrians from 2012 till the end of 2014 stood at over Dh1.4 billion (US$365 million).
Sheikha Lubna said that in the framework of its response to support the affected Syrians and under the umbrella of the Third International Pledging Conference for Syrian People, the country announces provision of an extra support for 2015 to the tune of Dh367 million (US$100 million) through direct implementation and as part of the role played by UAE humanitarian agencies in the light of the country's efforts to strive to provide better living standard for the suffering Syrians.
The UAE delegation to the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria included Dr. Tariq Al Hidan, assistant Foreign Minister for International Organisations Affairs; the UAE's Ambassador to Kuwait, Hussein bin Rahma Al Zaabi, and other senior officials.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and heads of international organisations participated in the conference. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395278732500.html

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