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Current MENA humanitarian scene calls for reshaping partnership: Hamdan

posted on 27/03/2011: 908 views

The difficult humanitarian situation and radical transformations the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) is experiencing at present call for a review of the concept of humanitarian partnership and coordination, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and President of the UAE Red Crescent Authority (UAE RCA), said.

In his welcome address to the 7th MENA Conference being hosted by the UAE RCA in coordination with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Hamdan stressed the need for reconsidering humanitarian efforts and developing more comprehensive humanitarian and relief strategies taking into account the fresh events in the Arab scene.

Sheikh Hamdan also called on the international humanitarian community to find out more effective mechanisms for delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need at the flash-points without compromising basic principles.

'The prevailing humanitarian conditions in the region undoubtedly underscore that we are facing tremendous challenges that require optimum utilisation of energies and facilities of our national societies to the full throttle along with enhancement of partnership with other stakeholders and good coordination in the field,' Sheikh Hamdan said in his address which was read on his behalf by RCA Chairman Ahmed Humaid Al Mazrouie.

Sheikh Hamdan assured leaders of the international humanitarian community of the UAE's commitment - as a major donor - of its outstanding humanitarian approach and its matchless policy of spawning and upholding values and initiatives that ease human suffering and support human development in developing communities and meet the IFRC's strategy up to 2010.

Sheikh Hamdan issued a passionate call to the international family and its humanitarian organisations to exert more efforts towards developments of most fragile communities and join hands to prevent potential risks millions of people across the world are facing as a result of severe crises and disasters, climate change, world economic crisis, shortage of food, medicine, water, as well as of extreme poverty, widening gap of hunger and disease and epidemic outbreaks.

This conference, he noted, provides an ideal platform for partners to sharing ideas and views about critical topics dealing with the international humanitarian scene in general and the MENA in particular.

He paid homage to the IFRC and its national agencies for their commendable efforts in improving living conditions and safeguarding dignity of the humanity.

Finally, Sheikh Hamdan hoped the conference would produce initiatives that match the scale of challenges and address negative consequences of the current crisis that could add more legions of the underprivileged.

Conducted every two years since 1999, the MENA conferences provide useful platforms bringing together the National Societies from the three regions of the Gulf, Middle East and North Africa to discuss topical issues of common concern.

The significance of the issues discussed often transcends national and regional boundaries and carries implications within the wider global context especially within the International Red Cross Red Crescent movement Taking stock of the overall progress and challenges within the Red Cross Red Crescent context since the 6th conference held in Damascus in 2009, the 7th conference will explore the current issues and emerging trends impacting National Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in terms of both operations and strategic considerations.

The conference will also reflect on how effectively Strategy 2020 can be adapted and implemented within the MENA Zone. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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