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Global agency to protect charity work suggested

posted on 10/04/2004: 885 views

An international conference on humanitarian aid and redevelopment has recommended the establishment of an international authority under the United Nations to protect charity work and charity organisations. Ibrahim Bu Melha, Chairman of the Higher Committee of Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Redevelopment Conference and Exhibition (Dihad) and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charitable Foundation, announced details of the Dubai Declaration which contained recommendations of the Dihad.

He said the delegates felt the institution what could be called the United Nations High Commission for Charity Affairs will be one of the solutions for a crisis facing charity organisations following the tragic September 11, 2001 incidents. "Anti-terrorism efforts have tightened the grip around charity organisations, deprived them of their resources, and complicated their philanthropic missions. Charity workers, once viewed as saviors of the poor and the needy, have now to undertake their activities in environments fraught with suspicion and distrust," he quoted the Dubai Declaration as saying.

According to a Gulf News report, the declaration added: "Perhaps one of the reasons for this could be the absence of an authority to protect charity work. The Dihad delegates demanded that humane image of charity work be restored, that confidence in charity organisations and their workers rebuilt, and that the philanthropic mission of organisations supported. "One effective way of achieving this is by establishing a United Nations High Commissioner for Charity Affairs that would act as the major international authority for charity work." (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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