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U.A.E. makes its mark as donor state
posted on 14/09/2014

The U.A.E. has played a seminal role in improving the lot of people around the world through distribution of aid, a newspaper commented yesterday The English language daily 'Gulf News' said the Libyan delegation's visit to the U.A.E. last week brought into focus the ever-present willingness of the U.A.E. to be an ally and offer support to countries struggling with changing political processes, humanitarian aid requirements and help with infrastructure development. In expressing, and extending, support to Libya to rebuild itself, the U.A.E. has reaffirmed its deserved status as the top donor internationally. For example, in 2013, on a per capita basis, its international aid profile stood at a staggering Dh19.1 billion, a 375 per cent increase over its performance in 2012.
"Old or young, for a country to be able to convert abstract ambitions like generosity, empathy and international goodwill into concrete actions is a task that calls for honesty of intent, clear-headed policies and vision and U.A.E. has proved that it possesses these virtues in abundance. Its decision to form the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (Micad) in 2013, formerly the U.A.E. Office for the Coordination of Foreign Aid, is proof of this vision. The move has helped it consolidate its various aid activities onto a single platform and showcase its achievements to stunning effect," the paper added.
It continued by saying the diversity of U.A.E.'s aid and assistance to 137 countries around the world is impressive: From improved access to education and health care services, supporting research, innovation and infrastructure development to providing relief during emergencies and extending support as a political ally, it has played a seminal role in improving the lot of people around the world. In the first seven months of 2014 alone, the U.A.E. has reached out to Syria, Bosnia, Yemen, Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, India and through its U.A.E. Water Aid programme, countries in Asia and Africa, to name just a few endeavours. Its clear-headed policies have also helped it further the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDG) more than most other nations whether it be with global anti-malaria campaign or immunisation programmes.
"This self-determined growth, in the classical mould of fostering nations that history will mark, is what distinguishes the U.A.E. in the eyes of the world." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395269542028.html

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U.A.E. increasing contributions to achieving UN’s Millennium Development Goals, says Sheikha Lubna
posted on 11/09/2014

The U.A.E. is continuing with its concerted actions to overcome the urgent global challenges of food security, climate change, water insecurity and infrastructure development, following the U.A.E. government's commitment to achieving the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, according to Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD).
Delivering a lecture entitled ‘Towards Sustainability: The role of the U.A.E. as a key player in Global Human Development', Sheikha Lubna added that the U.A.E.'s initiatives are the outcome of the vision and commitment of the leadership to widen the country's contributions to sustainable development goals. Sustainable development goals are expected to be adopted as the next stage of action for the eight MGDs by the United Nation's member states at a summit in September 2015.
The lecture was organised under the lecture series at the Masdar Institute campus.
A number of government, non-government and private sector stakeholders, including Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Chief Executive Officer of Energy at Mubadala and Chairman of Masdar, Philip Parham, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the U.A.E. and official representatives from the United Nations in the U.A.E. were present. Students, faculty and staff members from Masdar Institute and other universities also attended the lecture.
During her talk, Sheikha Lubna pointed out that the U.A.E. remains committed to helping partner countries achieve their MDGs through the delivery of foreign aid in the form humanitarian and development assistance. The country also prioritises ‘developing global partnerships for development' and ‘eradication of poverty and hunger', while seeking to achieve the MDGs locally. She emphasised that the programmes and projects initiated by the U.A.E. leadership in poor countries will contribute to improved food supply, greater environmental sustainability and biodiversity conservation, as well as better water management, child vaccination campaigns and meaningful support for global polio eradication efforts.
Sheikha Lubna added: "As part of its contribution towards achieving sustainable development goals, the U.A.E. specifically will endeavour to address the causes of poverty including conflict, fragile statehood, social exclusion, economic under-performance, under-mobilisation of national resources in poor countries, inadequate governance and under-investment in education and health." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395269430248.html

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U.A.E. increasing contributions to achieving UN’s Millennium Development Goals: Sheikha Lubna
posted on 09/09/2014

The U.A.E. continues with its concerted action to overcome the urgent global challenges of food security, climate change, water insecurity and infrastructure development, following its commitment to achieving the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, remarked Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister for International Cooperation and Development.
Delivering a lecture entitled "Towards Sustainability: The Role Of The U.A.E. As A Key Player In Global Human Development", Sheikha Lubna added that the U.A.E.'s initiatives are the outcome of the vision and commitment of the leadership to widen the country's contribution to sustainable development goals. Sustainable development goals are expected to be adopted as the next stage of action for the eight MGDs by the United Nation's member states at a summit in September 2015.
The lecture was organised under the Distinguished Lecture Series at the Masdar Institute campus. Sheikha Lubna was earlier received by Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, who introduced her to the audience. A number of government, non-government and private sector stakeholders including Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, U.A.E. Minister of State, Chief Executive Officer of Energy at Mubadala and Chairman of Masdar, Philip Parham, British Ambassador to the U.A.E. and official representatives from United Nations in the U.A.E. were present. Students, faculty and staff members from Masdar Institute and other universities also attended the lecture.
During her talk Sheikha Lubna pointed out that the U.A.E. remains committed to helping partner countries achieve their MDGs through the delivery of foreign aid in the form humanitarian and development assistance. The country also prioritises ‘developing global partnerships for development' and ‘eradication of poverty and hunger', while seeking to achieve the MDGs locally.
She emphasised that the programmes and projects initiated by the U.A.E. leadership in poor countries will contribute to improved food supply, greater environmental sustainability and biodiversity conservation, as well as better water management, child vaccination campaigns and meaningful support for global polio eradication efforts.
Sheikha Lubna added, "As part of its contribution towards achieving sustainable development goals, the U.A.E. specifically will endeavour to address the causes of poverty including conflict, fragile statehood, social exclusion, economic under-performance, under-mobilisation of national resources in poor countries, inadequate governance and under-investment in education and health." According to the UN 2013 MDG report, there are new and emerging global challenges. Annual earth depletion has jumped from 60% in 1990 to an alarming 150% in 2010, while the bottom billion of the world's population is severely impacted by widespread deprivation despite progress towards MDGs. The challenge is growing manifold since the earth's population is forecast to reach eight to 10 billion by 2050, the report adds.
The Masdar Institute Distinguished Lecture Series frequently hosts corporate leaders, renowned professionals and academicians for knowledge sharing and interactive sessions as part of its human capital development efforts. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395269346683.html

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NRC celebrates first cohort of informal training graduates at Emirati-Jordanian Camp
posted on 06/09/2014

AMMAN: The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), and the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) on Thursday organised a graduation ceremony for the first cohort of Syrian refugee youth who completed a range of informal technical and vocational training courses in the Youth Training Centre at the Emirati–Jordanian Camp in Jordan.
The training courses are part of specialised programmes run by Unicef and NRC, the Norwegian independent, humanitarian, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, in order to directly engage the youth and their communities to enhance both their skills and personal capacities.
NRC's education programme, funded by Unicef, EU and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, includes several training disciplines such as tailoring, electrical Wiring, IT and business skills, as well as supporting classes in Arabic, mathematics and life skills. Several entrepreneurial skills such as office management and marketing are also taught. The programme also offers classes in sports, arts, handicrafts and gardening, and has a library dedicated to its students.
Emma Bonar, Youth Project Manager at Norwegian Refugee Council, in her remarks at the ceremony, thanked Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) team and the Jordanian officials for their contribution to the success of the training.
Ms. Bonar also praised the Syrian graduates for their smartness and activity, and their parents for supporting them and believing in their potential.
Later, they all toured a produce and handicraft exhibition for works of the Syrian female graduates.
The ceremony was organised in the presence of Deputy Director of the Emirati–Jordanian Camp, Saif Mohammed bin Sulaiman, and Jordanian officials.
On her part, Besan Abdel Qader, Youth and Adolescent Development Officer at UNICEF Jordan, thanked the graduates, teachers, trainers, ERC team and NRC for their role in the successful training of the refugees. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395269263493.html

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UNRWA to start Gaza reconstruction effort using U.A.E. donation
posted on 04/09/2014

GAZA: A large team of experts from UNRWA will start a comprehensive damage assessment survey in different areas of Gaza Strip, and is set to start reconstruction efforts using a recent generous donation from U.A.E., said Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
"Hundreds of engineers and researchers were trained on how to deal with explosive remnants (of the recent war). They will use the same research and assessment form used by UNDP, the United Nations Development Programme, in order to avoid issues in the future," said Abu Hasna.
Gazan Palestinians who may not be satisfied with the damage assessment of their destroyed houses can complain to special committees.
"At the conclusion of the damage assessment, and using the generous U.A.E.'s Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) donation of around US$41 million for Gaza reconstruction efforts, UNRWA will pay for the restoration of slightly-damaged houses before winter begins," the UNRWA spokesman noted adding that the UN agency will launch a campaign to raise cash donations for renting houses to shelter displaced Gazans currently living at its overcrowded schools.
On 21 July, ERC donated US$40.8 million to UNRWA for desperately needed relief and post-war construction efforts in the Gaza Strip.
UNRWA said over 55,000 displaced people are still sheltering in 36 schools run by the UN agency.
In its latest humanitarian snapshot of Gaza emergency (as of 29 August 2014, OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) says as the ceasefire in Gaza allows for more in-depth sectoral assessments to be conducted, it is clear that the scale of damage is unprecedented, with approximately 13 per cent of the housing stock affected in Gaza Strip.
"Five per cent of the housing stock is uninhabitable - an estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving more than 108,000 people homeless. This is in addition to the pre-crisis housing deficit of 71,000 housing units, due to people living in overcrowded or inadequate conditions." OCHA says the provision of temporary housing solutions to these people is one of the major challenges facing the local authorities and the humanitarian community in the coming period. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general-emirates-international/1395269218414.html

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Al Maktoum Foundation signs contract to implement 10 water pumping stations in Sudan
posted on 02/09/2014

KHARTOUM: In implementation of the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and U.A.E. Minister of Finance, and sponsored by the Al Maktoum Foundation, the foundation has signed a contract for the implementation of 10 water stations in South Darfur and West Kordofan in Sudan, at a cost of Dh1 million.
Mohammed Obaid bin Ghannam, Secretary-General of the Al Maktoum Foundation, said in a statement that the regions for the wells have been selected very carefully and that areas experiencing water scarcity that leads to a consequent struggle to supply tribes, in addition to the lack of clean water, guided the allocation of five wells in South Darfur and another five in West Kordofan.
Mr. bin Ghannam added that the project serves more than half a million people, and it is expected that these stations will lead to the stabilisation and reconstruction of large areas in the regions.
He said out that each water station consists of artesian wells, a water storage tank with a capacity of 25 cubic meters, pump and generator, and pipes for water distribution to citizens. Additionally, the wells are surrounded by protective wire and supply irrigation for animals in proportion to the nature of the pastoral zone.
A delegation from the Al Maktoum Foundation, headed by the Secretary-General and with the membership of Hamdan Hamid Mohammed, Cultural Counsellor of the Authority, visited Sudan last week and met with Ahmad Mohamed Adam, Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, signing in his presence a contract with companies qualified to execute the project, which is expected to be completed within four months. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395269121307.html

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Sultan Al Jaber attends launch of renovation project of Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo
posted on 01/09/2014

CAIRO: Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Chairman of the Coordination Office of U.A.E. Funded Development Projects in Egypt, has announced that a renowned Emirati personality who plays greater role in supporting culture, education and preservation of heritage, incurred the expenses of face-lifting the Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo.
Dr. Sultan made the remarks here yesterday, while attending the launch of project to renovate the museum, deemed the biggest Islamic museum in the world. It includes 1,000 antique pieces. The event was attended by Egyptian Minister of Archaeology, Dr. Mamdouh el-Damati and Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation, Dr. Najla Al Ahwani.
The renovation project, which aims to conserve the Islamic heritage, comes in line with a string of the U.A.E. funded development projects in Egypt.
Dr. Sultan said the U.A.E. leadership issued the directives to provide all forms of support to Egypt, including preservation of the unique heritage enjoyed by Egypt.
El-Damati hailed the U.A.E. the material, technical and art support to Egypt, citing that the U.A.E. has extended its hands to renovate and restore the museum. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/arab/1395269101940.html

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ERC is implementing developmental projects worth Dh53 million in Palestine
posted on 27/08/2014

The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) is currently undertaking a number of health, educational, religious and developmental projects in the occupied Palestinian territories valued at Dh 53 million.
ERC Secretary-General, Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, emphasised the determination of the U.A.E. key relief agency to provide sustained assistance to the Palestinian people with the aim of supporting socio-economic development and easing their daily suffering.
He said the ERC was coordinating with the Palestinian Red Crescent, government bodies, non-governmental organisations, as well as with local municipalities and councils in the West Bank to implement these projects for the benefit of underprivileged Palestinians in Jerusalem, villages and refugee camps.
Rehabilitation of disabled persons, he added, had taken the lion's share of allocated funds at Dh 23 million. Education came second with Dh 20m, followed by Mosques with Dh 3.6m, health with Dh 3.5m while the remaining funds were channelled into soup kitchens projects.
Of the major projects were the Dh 21 million Emirates fund for rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. The three-year project is carried out via the Palestinian Social Affairs Ministry and will serve 519 disabled persons. The ERC also offered Dh 7.3m in support of the Birzeit University and Dh 2.2m for purchasing medicines for thalassemia patients. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268943699.html

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U.A.E. volunteer initiative provides medical treatment for thousands of children in Asia
posted on 25/08/2014

An Emirati team of medical volunteers have provided medical treatment for thousands of children in Asia as part of the "Zayed Giving" initiative, with the participation of senior doctors, nurses, and volunteers from leading university hospitals around the world.
Dr. Shamsa Al Owr, Executive Director of the Initiative of Doctors of Poor, said that the volunteer medical teams are comprised of senior paediatricians, cardiologists and general practitioners who are working in villages across Asia to help underprivileged children through therapeutic and preventative programmes.
The Zayed Giving initiative comes within the framework of the Campaign to Cure One Million Children and Elderly People around the world, and has so far reached around 10,000 children in Indonesia, India and Pakistan.
Dr. Al Owr said, "The teams focused on providing treatment to underprivileged children requiring medical attention, including children with congenital deformities and those requiring surgical intervention." Al Owr went on to say that Emirati medical personnel were also part of the initiative, which is, she explained, a prominent example of the spirit of volunteerism in the U.A.E., supported by the U.A.E. government and its people under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and with the follow-up of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and in implementation of the vision of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces.
Dr. Abdullah Shihab, Cardiology Consultant, and one of the U.A.E. volunteers in the programme, said that in its next phase, the initiative will step up the prevention services it provides by introducing new technology that will help early detection of disease, and double the number of volunteer programmes to reach more people around the globe through four diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive and training teams. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268871243.html

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Sheikha Lubna praises U.A.E.’s humanitarian efforts
posted on 24/08/2014

While the U.A.E. has a history of helping people in need across the world, it has only recently been acknowledged as one of the top donor countries, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi has said.
In an interview with The National, the Minister for International Cooperation and Development said the U.A.E. has been provisionally named the largest foreign aid-donor country in the world in terms of ratio of official development assistance to gross national income last year.
"Put simply, this means that on a per capita basis, in the year 2013, the U.A.E. is the largest donor in the world for providing development assistance to countries most in need of aid, as determined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development,” she said.
Sheikha Lubna said the total U.A.E. humanitarian aid provided to the Syrian crisis from 2012 to this year had reached Dh580 million.
"This includes help provided to support refugees in neighbouring countries, such as Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. Other significant humanitarian projects include a US$16 million (Dh59m) demining project in Kandahar, Afghanistan,” she said.
And last year the U.A.E. sponsored a project that delivered increased access to basic healthcare services in Gaza for women and children.
"From a children's health perspective, the U.A.E. provided assistance to support the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation alliance in Afghanistan, which aims to increase access to immunisation for children in poor countries. The U.A.E. also provided for a project in Sudan that covered the expenses for children's heart operations,” the minister said.
The U.A.E. also supplied pharmaceutical and medical equipment for field hospitals for women in Tunisia and Libya, and made funding available for the construction of a number of hospitals and clinics for women in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.
Sheikha Lubna is also keen for the next generation of Emiratis to become increasingly involved in humanitarian affairs.
"It is one of the top long-term priorities of the ministry and we have various initiatives aimed at raising awareness,” she said.
The minister said she also appreciated the initiatives of more than 40 organisations in the U.A.E. that work in the humanitarian, development and charity sectors.
"These donors provide their own, distinct set of employment initiatives for Emirati youth. Some of the larger donors are the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation and the U.A.E. Red Crescent Authority,” she said.
It was announced yesterday that 5.8 million Pakistani children have been vaccinated against polio during the months of June and July in a programme launched under the directives of the President, Sheikh Khalifa, and an initiative of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, to eradicate polio worldwide.
The U.A.E. Pakistan Assistance Programme said the campaign had targeted children in 23 areas in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the tribal region.
It vaccinated 3.5 million children in June, and 2.4 million in July, bringing the total number of vaccinated children to almost six million.
The World Health Organisation has warned of the danger of a polio epidemic in Pakistan, which in 2011 recorded the highest number of polio cases in a decade, with 198 cases.
In 2012, 58 cases were recorded, while last year, there were 93 confirmed cases. In the first seven months of this year, 99 cases were recorded, compared to 24 cases in the same period in 2013.
Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world that remain polio-endemic. – The National - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/sheikha-lubna-praises-uaes-humanitarian-efforts

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Upon directives of U.A.E. President over five million Pakistani children vaccinated against polio
posted on 24/08/2014

ISLAMABAD: The U.A.E. Pakistan Assistance Programme announced that over 5.8 million Pakistani children were vaccinated against polio during the months of June and July, in implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to boost the health sector's preventive programmes in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
The move also comes in line with the initiative of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, to eradicate polio worldwide.
The programme said the U.A.E. vaccination campaign has scored huge success by exceeding the targeted sector by higher percentages in 23 areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the tribal region. It vaccinated 3, 486,069 in June, and 2, 388, 031 in July, bringing the total number of the vaccinated children to 5, 870, 500.
The administration of the programme noted that during July the vaccination was stepped up in the displaced people areas and the tribal region to reach out for those not yet vaccinated for years. It managed to vaccinate 2, 380, 831 children under six in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the tribal region.
It emphasised the importance of the Sheikh Mohammed's initiative to eradicate polio in the world's most difficult and disease incubator areas, adding that the initiative reflects the U.A.E. leadership humanitarian support to people of Pakistan, who had helped the campaign to carry out its work easily and successfully. They appreciated the U,A.E. and its leadership for their humanitarian stance.
Earlier the World Health Organisation warned of the danger of polio epidemic in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which recorded in 2011the highest number of polio cases in 10 years, a total of 198 cases. In 2012 a total of 58 cases were recorded, while in 2013, a total of 93 cases were recorded. In the first seven months of this year, 99 cases were recorded, compared to 24 cases in the same period in 2013. Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world, which remain polio-endemic. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268842263.html

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U.A.E. looks forward for world of peace and fraternity: Lubna Al Qasimi
posted on 20/08/2014

U.A.E. is looking forward to a world in which peace and fraternity prevails, Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (Micad) said urging for better international efforts and common visions for protecting the lives of international humanitarian and aid workers.
"Humanitarian work is one integrated whole, and a consistent system where our effective response to crisis-hit areas represents the beginning that eventually leads to the protection of the lives and safety of humanitarian and relief teams," added Sheikha Lubna who is also the Chairperson of the National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid, in a statement on the World Humanitarian Day.
Praising aid workers for their effective role and sacrifice of their stable lives for the sake of supporting the lives of others reeling under humanitarian crises and disasters around the globe, Sheikha Lubna said, "We appreciate the extent of the challenges facing them and these show us the other side of their personalities as unseen soldiers whom we do not see until they die or fall victim to attacks during their holy mission. In addition to remembering this tragedy which disturbs international humanitarian work, we should also seek to reduce and counter the risks these aid workers are exposed to." "We very well understand that we are unable to deliver aid of whatever volume, value or quality (to those in need) without the help of these (aid workers) who defy the dangers of conflicts, natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and endemic diseases," added Sheikha Lubna.
Celebrated this year under the theme 'The World Needs More', the World Humanitarian Day falls on 19 August, the day in 2003 when Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and 21 aid workers were killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad.
This occasion, Sheikha Lubna noted, should always serve as a reminder of the importance of those victims, particularly through the drawing up of clearly-defined policies and plans and coordination between all states and effective humanitarian agencies.
World Humanitarian Day was commemorated for the first time on 19 August 2009 after UN General Assembly (GA) on 11 December 2008 adopted GA Resolution A/63/L.49 on the Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Assistance of the United Nations. Subsequent years have focused on a particular theme. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395268755661.html

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Sharjah to host region's first 'Investing in the Future Conference' on protecting refugee children, adolescents
posted on 20/08/2014

The U.A.E.'s emirate of Sharjah will host the region's first 'Investing in the Future Conference' which will discuss ways of protecting refugee children and adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, on 15 and 16 October 2014.
The conference will be organised under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah and UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, in response to the increasing number of refugees in war torn countries in the region by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with The Big Heart, and with the participation of over 300 leaders, government officials and regional and international experts involved in refugee affairs and child protection in war torn areas.
It aims to put measures in place to ensure children and refugees in the Middle East and North Africa are protected from the danger of all forms of exploitation and violence. It further endeavours to provide comprehensive rights for refugee children, particularly the right to shelter, food, healthcare, psychological treatment and education.
As one of the main objectives of the conference is to provide the youth in the MENA region with a platform of engagement and awareness on Child/Youth displacement issues, a Youth Forum has been organised to run parallel to the main event. The forum will host a number of workshops and sessions, and is expected to be attended by approximately 500 university students, faculty members and academics.
Speaking on the occasion, Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi said: "Hosting this first of its kind conference in Sharjah is in line with the directives of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah to protect the rights of refugees – especially children – and to put the instruments in place that help protect these vulnerable children." Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi emphasised that every child has the right to grow up in a safe and stable environment and to live a decent life. She stressed the necessity for organisations and individuals around the world to take responsibility for children and insisted that the international community must ensure that children's rights are upheld and sustained.
She stated that U.A.E. has a strong humanitarian legacy, established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (May Allah Rest His Soul in Peace), who founded the principles of fulfilling humanitarian deeds for disadvantaged and afflicted people in the country and the world.
Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi added: "The Investing in the Future Conference seeks to make recommendations and adopt steps to protect the rights of refugee children, and to put the necessary measures in place to protect them from exploitation and violence, giving them confidence and hope of a better future." On the occasion, António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said: "This conference comes at a crucial time. Children currently constitute more than half of the refugees in the Middle East and North Africa, and the impact of this displacement is serious as interrupted childhoods threaten to become lost futures. As such, the aim of this event is not only to determine how we can work together to better protect refugee children and adolescents today, but also how to take collective and concerted action to improve the future for these children." He added: "Hosting the conference in Sharjah is prudent – Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi advocates for refugees and supports UNHCR's work in providing protection to refugee children and has generously offered to host the event. We are very grateful for the support and resources provided by Sheikha Jawaher and the close cooperation with UNHCR." The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established in December 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. In more than five decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives.
The Big Heart Campaign was launched in June 2013 under the patronage of Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi to support Syrian refugee children. The campaign has succeeded in raising US$13 million over the past year and contributed in meeting the needs of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees through the provision of emergency healthcare, clothing, blankets, shelter, and food. The campaign was turned from emergency relief to education, as part of the efforts that aim to bring Syrian refugee children back to school to complete their education after they fled their war-torn country. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395268751853.html

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Sheikh Khalifa Mosque 2nd largest in Jerusalem
posted on 18/08/2014

Work on The Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Mosque being constructed in the Al Aizariya area, in the eastern suburb of Jerusalem, is almost complete.
When open, the mosque, which is funded and managed by The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, will accommodate 6,000 worshippers, and will be the second largest mosque in the West Bank after Al Aqsa Mosque.
In an exclusive interview with Emirates News Agency (WAM), a spokesman from the Khalifa Foundation said that work on the project has reached its final stages, and that the mosque is one of many Emirati projects being implemented in the Palestinian territories, especially in Jerusalem, where the foundation has funded schools, homes, hospitals, women's centres, orphanages and facilities for people with special needs.
The official said that the five-floor grand mosque is expected to be open in time for the upcoming Eid Al Adha prayers in October and will serve more than 100,000 people living in the eastern, northern and southern parts of Ramallah, and north of Bethlehem, where several neighbourhoods and Palestinian villages are located.
The spokesperson went on to say that the structure is built using natural stone, while the mosque's mihrab (imam's pulpit) which was imported from Turkey, is made of luminous materials which radiates light as though lit by thousands of light bulbs. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395268677007.html

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Al Jaber: U.A.E. Project in Egypt to provide 600 buses for Greater Cairo
posted on 15/08/2014

CAIRO: Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, U.A.E. Minister of State, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), accompanied by Army Major General El Arabi Al-Serwi, Governor of Suez, toured yesterday the GB Auto, a leading manufacturer of bus and commercial vehicles, and Ain Sokhna Port, managed by U.A.E. terminal operator DP World.
At the GB Auto facility, Al Jaber viewed the final model of buses which the U.A.E.
Project in Egypt will supply 600 of them to the Transport General Authority. 300 buses will be manufactured by U.A.E.-based bus manufacturers Hafilat Industries while the remaining 300 will be built by Egyptian auto importer and manufacturer Ghabbour Auto. The fleet will meet 30% of the public transport programme requirements of Greater Cairo and ease traffic movement.
Al Jaber said,' The U.A.E. leadership's instructions are to continue supporting Egypt and implementing development projects in consistence with specific time schedule and specifications that cater to Egyptian citizen's interest.' 'The important projects we saw today at Ain Sokhna confirm the availability of abundant promising opportunities which will enable Egypt to address challenges thanks to dedication and perseverance of its people to build their nation and its national economy as well as to its leadership's ambitious, constructive measures. We are confident that Egypt has tremendous abilities and that its people will work hard to realise stability, growth and progress.' For his part, Governor of Suez Major General El Arabi Al-Serwi expressed gratitude of Egyptian people to the U.A.E. for its generous support, which reflects the longstanding, solid rock bilateral ties.
The U.A.E. project in Egypt, he said would help the transport authority in Cairo to replace the long-serving public buses with new brand ones, ensuring high levels of safety and better services to passengers.
During the tour of the bus manufacturing plant, Chairman of GB Polo Buses Manufacturing Rauf Ghabbour, said in the first phase would see the delivery 300 buses in three batches from November 2014 to January 2015.
The delegation also toured DP World Sokhna Port where they were briefed by Ibrahim Alhammadi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, DP World at DP World Sokhna on future expansion plans.
The width of the access channel is 350m, sufficient for double-lane navigation. The harbour basin has a depth of 17m, sufficient for container vessels exceeding 8,000 TEU and bulk carries of up to 150,000 DWT.
In addition to expanding its facilities, DP World Sokhna aims to attract further industries to be located at the port.
By 2020 DP World Sokhna plans to develop into an administrative and management nodal-centre, acting as a hub for product transport chains. The port will provide all the necessary and most modern infrastructure, facilities and services. In addition to the most advanced information and communications systems required to guide the most efficient flow of goods, Alhammadi said.
The port project, he added, would generate 1102 direct job opportunities and another 465 indirect jobs. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395268626994.html

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Mohamed bin Zayed receives Australian Prime Minister
posted on 14/08/2014

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces received here on Wednesday the visiting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his accompanying delegation.
Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the Australian prime Minister and expressed the hope that his visit would contribute in furthering relations between the two friendly countries.
He added that U.A.E., under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had always sought to deepen cooperation and partnerships with all friendly countries.
The meeting touched on cooperation, current regional and international developments and issues of mutual interest.
The Australian Prime Minister said he was pleased with his visit to the UAWE and his meeting with Sheikh Mohamed. He renewed his country's keenness to further enhance bilateral ties with the U.A.E. and lauded the progress witnessed by the U.A.E. in all fields. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395268606641.html

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Sultan Al Jaber, Egyptian official inspect U.A.E.- funded development projects in Egypt
posted on 14/08/2014

QALYUBIA, EGYPT: Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, U.A.E Minister of State, and Chairman of the Coordination Office of U.A.E.-funded Development Projects in Egypt, accompanied by Eng. Mohammed Abdul Dhaher, Commissioner of Qalyubia Province, yesterday toured a number of development projects being funded by the U.A.E. in Egypt.
Al Jaber said the U.A.E. wise leadership issued the directives to implement the projects in all fields to improve services being provided to citizens in Egypt, adding that the accomplishment of all projects by the hands of Egyptian, and as per schedule "reflects ability of the Egyptian people to deliver whenever there is a support and conducive atmosphere." He added that the U.A.E. would not spare any effort to ensure stability and welfare of Egypt, citing that the move "is a continuation of the legacy of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which is sustained by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan." The U.A.E. implements the development projects in the areas of education, health, construction and others in Egypt, with the aim to improve the living conditions and provide more job opportunities there. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268599203.html

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Mohammed bin Rashid instructs U.A.E. Suqia to provide potable water to Gaza
posted on 05/08/2014

Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has instructed the U.A.E. Suqia Water Aid Foundation to give top priority to the provision of potable water to Gazans who are suffering acute shortage of water as a result of Israeli bombardment, and to act swiftly to provide enough water supplies despite tremendous challenges to realise that goal amidst the continuous Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.
Sheikh Mohammed reiterated the U.A.E.'s firm commitment to standing beside the Palestinian people in their just causes and its keenness to support the people of Gaza in their ordeal.
'Lack of clean drinking water resources constitutes one the most daunting challenges our people of Gaza are facing today. Therefore, we have instructed the Water Aid Foundation to act immediately to deliver ample quantities of the vital resource to the people of Gaza in a way that complements the massive efforts being made by the U.A.E. in partnership with other international organisations and agencies specialised in transporting essential relief supplies to Gaza Strip within the context of U.A.E. President's urgent humanitarian initiatives,' Sheikh Mohammed said.
He added, 'Provision of clean drinking water is not a luxury, rather it is a duty and if delivery of water in time of peace is taken for granted it is necessary and imperative for those besieged under shelling. The U.A.E. will continue its campaign to provide water to millions of persons all over the world and deliver the message of love, peace and goodness to all peoples of the earth.' Sheikh Mohammed recently ordered an air-bridge to relieve the people of Gaza, and instructed Dubai International Humanitarian City to add more giant air transport carriers, like the Boeing 747, to airlift essential relief assistance to Gaza.
The air-bridge has provided freight capacity of 150 tones of humanitarian assistance per day from Dubai to Amman from where it is trucked to Gaza.
The Gaza Water Aid is part of the intensive efforts the U.A.E. Suqia Water Aid campaign is making to provide drinking water in different parts of the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268348742.html

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Dubai Cares concludes Ramadan campaign with two new programmes in Kenya and Uganda
posted on 04/08/2014

Dubai Cares, the U.A.E.-based philanthropic organisation, has marked the successful conclusion of its "What If?" Ramadan campaign with the announcement of two new programmes in Kenya and Uganda.
Focused on improving teaching and learning capabilities using Information Communication Technology (ICT), the two new programmes will tackle issues stemming from lack of opportunities, developmental stagnation and insufficient support for teachers in developing countries.
Announcing the launch of the programmes, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares said, "The role of the teacher has evolved with the focus on education shifting from Education for All to Learning for All. In this climate, our two new programmes prepare and qualify teachers and students in Kenya and Uganda to meet the educational demands and challenges of the modern era by using Information Communication Technology (ICT) in education." In both countries, Dubai Cares will work in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) to roll-out the teacher training and school improvement programs, to test and demonstrate the transformative potential of using mobile phone technology, desktop computers and tablets.
Similar to many Dubai Cares initiatives, the two new programmes in Kenya and Uganda are in line with the ‘Global Education First Initiative' launched by United Nations' Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in September 2012 and aimed at renewing and reinvigorating global commitments to education.
The launch of the two programmes also aligns with the U.A.E.'s emphasis on humanitarian support. The nation's founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, built robust humanitarian foundations for the country, which was the leading global donor of development aid against the national income in 2013. In 2012 alone, U.A.E. donor organisations contributed Dh 15.8 million to Uganda and Dh 7.9 million to Kenya.
"The late Sheikh Zayed believed that investing in people was the best possible way to invest in the future and this is what we are trying to accomplish at Dubai Cares. The importance of education in giving ambition wings is something we as a community innately understand. Thanks to the foresight of our forefathers, we are now part of a nation that is progressive, inclusive and global in outlook. Irrespective of the country we are from, our futures and aspirations are interlinked in a global society. By breaking down the barriers to education for children in developing countries, we are building up a prosperous and productive future for the next generation," said Tariq Al Gurg.
Dubai Cares announced the two new programmes upon the successful conclusion of its "What if" Ramadan campaign, which urged the U.A.E. community to take a step back and imagine the lives of children in developing countries, especially those who have to forgo school to help their families earn a living.
The campaign highlighted the harsh living conditions primary-age children in developing countries have to face on a daily basis as well as the debilitating effects of poverty on these children.
"Our Ramadan Campaign struck a chord with the local community as we encouraged them to step into the shoes of children who have to struggle to access quality education. The U.A.E. community rallied around the campaign, making generous donations and spreading the word far and wide," concluded Al Gurg. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268312561.html

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UAE polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan scales new heights
posted on 03/08/2014

ISLAMABAD: The U.A.E. massive campaign to vaccinate three million children under five against poliomyelitis (polio) in Pakistan was successful, the U.A.E. Project to Assist Pakistan (U.A.E. PAP) has announced.
The large-scale preventive health initiative, under the slogan 'Health for All - Better Future', is being carried out on the directives of the U.A.E. President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and comes as part of the initiative of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, to eradicate polio in the world.
The campaign is a humanitarian initiative aimed at vaccinating 3.643 million Pakistani children against polio over a period of three months - June, August and September, 2014.
Sheikh Mohamed had previously donated 440 million (around US$120 million) as a contribution in support of the global effort to eradicate polio by 2018, with special focus on Pakistan and Afghanistan. This contribution is the second one to be provided by Sheikh Mohamed for delivering life-saving vaccines to children all over the world.
U.A.E. PAP management said that June had seen the vaccination of 3,048,669 children in 23 districts in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other tribal areas in Pakistan.
It said that the overwhelming success of the campaign to reach the three million mark in the first month of the three-month initiative proves the U.A.E.'s affective efforts, under the leadership of Sheikh Khalifa, to deliver its noble, humanitarian goals and improve health wellbeing of people and health prevention against diseases and epidemics.
U.A.E. PAP also stressed on the leading role the U.A.E. is playing in assisting needy, poor people and supporting international efforts and UN programmes to protect communities from diseases and epidemic as well as crises and disasters and secure decent life to them.
'Sheikh Mohamed's initiative is important for Pakistan given the fact that the targeted regions are the world's largest and deeply plagued by polio but indicators of significant success have emerged from the first day of the campaign,' U.A.E. PAP noted.
Mobile units have overcome geographical challenges that prevented previous local and international campaigns from reaching these areas, which accounted for 95 per cent of Pakistan's polio cases in the past six months, resulting in wider spread of the disease into other areas. Mobile medical teams have ventured into difficult remote mountainous regions to deliver vaccines.
However, the U.A.E. efforts were fruitful thanks to the good planning, perfect field implementation, concerted coordination between the U.A.E. PAP and other stakeholders including command of Pakistani army, local and federal Pakistani health authorities, and the World Health Organisation.
Pakistan is one of three countries where polio is still categorised as an endemic viral infection. WHO warned of the polio situation in Pakistan which reported 198 cases in 2011, the highest in ten years, compared to 58 cases in 2012 and 93 in 2013. 99 cases were registered in the first seven months of the current year compared to 24 in the same period last year. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more: http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268290203.html

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ADFD funding in underdeveloped countries hit Dh61b
posted on 31/07/2014

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, or ADFD, which is celebrating its 43rd anniversary this month, has funded Dh61 billion development projects in the underdeveloped countries.
Established on July 15, 1971 on the directive of the U.A.E.'s founder President, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, ADFD is one of the most prominent development aid providers in the world and a role model in providing financial aid to fight the cause of global poverty.
The development finance institution articulates the U.A.E.'s continued commitment to support the development process of emerging countries. Towards this priority, the Fund offers soft loans and manages government grants to projects that play a key role in shaping the growth of these countries.
In addition, it also makes long-term investments and direct contributions that stimulate the private sector in the recipient countries and plays an essential role in accelerating economic growth.
ADFD's funding strategy focuses on sectors that are vital for both economic and social development such as agriculture, electricity, water, transportation, industry, renewable energy, as well as social, health and housing services.
Over the years, the fund has consistently responded to the changing directions of global development aid by increasing its capital from Dh8 billion to Dh16 billion, and lately by developing its five-year strategy (2012 - 2016).
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, director-general of ADFD, said: "The fund has become a pioneering example in the field of development aid. Starting with a capital of Dh500 million in 1971, the total value of the grants managed and loans provided by the fund by the end of the second quarter of 2014 reached Dh61 billion including Dh27.7 billion short and long-term loans, and Dh41 billion provided as government grants. The fund has so far financed 416 development projects in 69 countries around the world, reflecting its continuing commitment in playing an effective role in alleviating poverty in developing countries, and setting them on a development path.
In the Arab world, ADFD has provided more than Dh54 billion to finance projects in Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Algeria, Mauritania, Tunisia, Lebanon, Somalia, Djibouti, and the Comoros Islands.
In Asia, ADFD has financed projects worth Dh3.691 billion in Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mongolia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and the Maldives.
Additionally, it has provided around Dh2.73 billion to fund projects in Africa that have widely benefitted countries including Mauritius, Seychelles, Gambia, Eritrea, Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea, Tanzania, Lesotho, Senegal, Uganda, Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Kenya, Burundi, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Zambia, South Sudan and Cape Verde. Elsewhere, the Fund has provided Dh1.2 billion to finance development projects in countries such as Turkey, Malta, Albania and Montenegro, among others.
In 2009, ADFD signed a partnership agreement with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to provide soft loans worth Dh1.28 billion to finance renewable energy projects in developing countries, across a seven year period (Dh183 million a year).
In 2013, the fund continued its support for developing countries by providing loans to finance projects in Mauritania, Albania, Bangladesh and Kenya.
In the first half of 2014, ADFD signed a number of financing agreements with countries including Gambia, Senegal, Zambia, Serbia, Sierra Leone and Mauritania to provide development aid totalling over Dh534 million. 
 - Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/biz/inside.asp?xfile=/data/uaebusiness/2014/July/uaebusiness_July307.xml§ion=uaebusiness

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Emirati Charity Works Authority bestows nearly Dh1 million on orphans in Nablus Palestinian
posted on 24/07/2014

NABLUS: The Emirati Charity Works Authority has bestowed nearly Dh1 million on orphans sponsored by the authority in Nablus, whose number has now risen to more than a thousand.
Ibrahim Rashid, Director of the Human Appeal International Office in the West Bank, said in a speech during a ceremony to hand over the donation in the presence of a number of senior officials that the Authority will remain with the Palestinian people in the light of their suffering of injustice.
He stressed that the humanitarian role of the Authority is to continuously help Palestinians to overcome the tragic events they are exposed to in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Authority is also keen to take care of orphans, with the proliferation of this category because of the successive events in Palestine.
Ibrahim Rashid added that The Emirati Charity Works Authority is considered to be the largest sponsor of Palestinian children and is caring for nearly 20,000 orphans. With the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Authority supplements this category with more support and assistance whereby approximately Dh2 million has been allocated to the sponsored orphans. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395268051643.html

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Abu Dhabi Fund for Development celebrates 43rd Anniversary
posted on 24/07/2014

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the Abu Dhabi government-controlled leading provider of foreign development aid has reiterated U.A.E.'s continued commitment to support the development process of emerging countries.
Marking its 43rd anniversary this month, the fund which was established on July 15, 1971 on the directive of the U.A.E.'s founder President, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in a report has said that ADFD is today one of the most prominent development aid providers in the world and a role model in providing financial aid to fight the cause of global poverty.
Towards this priority, ADFD offers soft loans and manages government grants to projects that play a key role in shaping the growth of these countries. In addition, it also makes long-term investments and direct contributions that stimulate the private sector in the recipient countries and plays an essential role in accelerating economic growth.
ADFD's funding strategy focuses on sectors that are vital for both economic and social development such as agriculture, electricity, water, transportation, industry, renewable energy, as well as social, health and housing services.
Over the years, the fund has consistently responded to the changing directions of global development aid by increasing its capital from Dh8 billion to Dh16 billion, and lately by developing its five-year strategy (2012 - 2016).
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director- General of ADFD, said that "On the occasion of ADFD's 43rd anniversary, we would like to record our appreciation and gratitude to late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who established this fund out of his deep conviction that it is the duty of the U.A.E. to lend a helping hand to friendly countries, and contribute to the economic development and improved living standards of those countries." Al Suwaidi added that the fund has become a pioneering example in the field of development aid. Starting with a capital of Dh500 million in 1971, the total value of the grants managed and loans provided by the fund by the end of the second quarter of 2014 reached Dh61 billion including Dh27.7 billion short and long-term loans, and Dh41 billion provided as government grants.
The Fund has so far financed 416 development projects in 69 countries around the world, reflecting its continuing commitment in playing an effective role in alleviating poverty in developing countries, and setting them on a development path.
Among the major projects managed by ADFD are Ma'rib Dam in Yemen, which was financed by a government grant in 1986 and is considered one of the largest projects in Yemen. Other projects include Egypt's Sheikh Zayed City, a housing projects funded with Dh735 million government grant, Sheikh Zayed Canal built using an Dh348 million grant, and the Tangier Port in Morocco financed with Dh367 million. On a global scale, the Fund has contributed to the financing and managing of several projects in sectors including water and electricity, road and transportation, education and health in Arab, Asian and African countries.
In the Arab world, ADFD has provided more than Dh54 billion to finance projects in Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Algeria, Mauritania, Tunisia, Lebanon, Somalia, Djibouti, and the Comoros Islands.
In Asia, ADFD has financed projects worth Dh3.691 billion in Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mongolia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and the Maldives.
Additionally, it has provided around Dh2.73 billion to fund projects in Africa that have widely benefitted countries including Mauritius, Seychelles, Gambia, Eritrea, Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea, Tanzania, Lesotho, Senegal, Uganda, Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Kenya, Burundi, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Zambia, South Sudan and Cape Verde. Elsewhere, the Fund has provided Dh1.2 billion to finance development projects in countries such as Turkey, Malta, Albania and Montenegro, among others.
In 2009, ADFD signed a partnership agreement with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to provide soft loans worth Dh1.28 billion to finance renewable energy projects in developing countries, across a seven year period (Dh183 million a year).
In 2013, the U.A.E. Government provided three development grants within two GGC programmes to support development in Jordan, Morocco and Bahrain, estimated at a total value of US$19 billion. Of this Dh9.19 billion has been allocated to Bahrain and Dh4.6 billion to Jordan and Morocco towards developing vital growth projects in these countries.
In 2013, the fund continued its support for developing countries by providing loans to finance projects in Mauritania, Albania, Bangladesh and Kenya. In the first half of 2014, ADFD signed a number of financing agreements with countries including Gambia, Senegal, Zambia, Serbia, Sierra Leone and Mauritania to provide development aid totalling over Dh534 million.
The projects financed by ADFD undergo intensive technical and economic assessment to ensure their viability in stimulating sustainable economic development in the beneficiary countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268058216.html

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Lubna Al Qasimi chairs first meeting of National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid
posted on 23/07/2014

The National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid held its first meeting yesterday under the chairmanship of Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development and head of the committee.
The committee discussed its action plans and reviewed contributions of the U.A.E. on humanitarian front especially its response to crises and humanitarian disasters.
Sheikh Lubna speaking on the occasion said that the directives of the U.A.E.'s wise leadership represented by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on advancing the contributions of the U.A.E. in terms of humanitarian action have provided a stimulus for the members of the committee to continue further efforts in order to maintain the achievements made by the State to respond to humanitarian crises.
The meeting reviewed many topics on the agenda particularly committee's specifications which represents the application of the vision and policy of the U.A.E. to respond to humanitarian crises in coordination with the relevant authorities.
The committee will also propose a media plan in coordination with the National Media Council, and will refer reports periodically to the cabinet about the humanitarian response of the U.A.E.
The meeting also discussed U.A.E.'s contributions in a number of humanitarian issues and crises, in particular its aid to the displaced Syrian people and its efforts in providing support to Palestinians in Gaza Strip.
The meeting was attended by a number senior officials from the Ministry of Development and International Cooperation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more: http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268022842.html

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Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment carrying out 38 Ramadan humanitarian projects in 35 countries
posted on 22/07/2014

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment, on directives from Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is carrying 38 humanitarian projects in the U.A.E. and overseas to help the needy during the Holy Month of Ramadan, announced Ibrahim Bu Malha, Advisor to Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs, on Monday.
At a total value of more than Dh38.5 million, the establishment's Ramadan projects include the distribution of Zakat money, or alms, food rations and other aid in 35 countries in cooperation with their local charities and agencies, said Bu Malha, who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment, in a press briefing at the establishment's head office.
More than 27,000 families benefited from the Establishment's projects in the targeted countries which include 14 countries in Asia and 16 in Africa, in addition to U.S.A., Canada and Haiti.
In his remarks at the conference, the official commended U.A.E. Water Aid campaign, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on the first day of Ramadan, to raise donations for providing five million people worldwide with access to fresh drinking water through digging wells, providing water pumps and water purification equipment.
Bu Malha also noted that U.A.E. has marked Zayed Humanitarian Day and the 10th death anniversary of the nation's Founding Father and leading philanthropist, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, on 19 Ramadan which corresponds to 17 July. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395267992298.html

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