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Gulf humanitarian organizations urged for more involvement in multilateral efforts

posted on 05/04/2007: 895 views



Humanitarian organizations from countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council should become even more involved in multilateral efforts. Increased cooperation should include joint training aiming at an enhanced understanding of the roles, responsibilities, capacities of the different actors, said participants in the Dubai Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition - DIHAD 2007.



"At the early stages of disaster response, such increased cooperation should focus particularly on the sharing of information, utilizing the many tools managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and available to the entire humanitarian community", a statement by organizers of the event said.



"This would allow for a better understanding of the needs and greater efficiency and effectiveness in the assistance provided by all. This would also serve to highlight the capacities and achievements of the humanitarian agencies and charity organizations of this region, which deserve greater international recognition." "In a constantly resource-challenged environment, organizations should share examples of best practices in the engagement with the totality of donors, including corporations, foundations and private citizens." "Governments and private donors from the Gulf region should share information with the multilateral Financial Tracking System, also in order to see their significant contributions better reflected", it added.



Participants said the proposed concept of the creation of a coordination structure among the humanitarian and aid organizations in the Gulf, should be given serious consideration, with a view to developing joint rapid response capacities and organizing joint capacity building activities.



The statement said participants in the 3-day conference which started on 1st April reached an agreement on a series of steps that the humanitarian community should take in order to make meaningful advances on the subjects discussed.



"The many actors involved in today's humanitarian operations who are aware of the fact that they share similarities much more than differences in terms of values, principles and practices, should engage in further cooperation and coordination." Participants in the 4th edition of DIHAD expressed their profound appreciation to the UAE leadership for hosting and supporting the event.



They also expressed special appreciation to H.R.H. Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai, for her contribution and for gracing the opening of the Conference with her presence. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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