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Hamdan bin Zayed urges international community to protect human dignity

posted on 16/10/2009: 732 views

Abu Dhabi Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has said that the UAE's humanitarian initiatives aim at boosting human development efforts worldwide. He reiterated the UAE's commitment to meet its humanitarian and ethical obligations towards the victims of "silent disasters" like widespread poverty and hunger, drought and desertification and the spread of diseases and epidemics.

Sheikh Hamdan, who is also the Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA), was speaking on the occasion of the World Food Day, which falls on October 16. He said the shortage and high cost of food had worsened the plight of the most vulnerable segment of the society, shattering their hope for better future. He urged the international community to fully shoulder its responsibilities of alleviating the sufferings of this segment of the society and protecting human dignity by working to make life better for this category of people.

He said the current humanitarian situation demands the boosting of areas of cooperation and activating mechanism of partnership among international institutions and organisations to face the challenges and find lasting solutions to save humanity from acute shortage and high cost of food, adding that the current situation demands, more than ever before, the concerted efforts of all to arrest the situation. "It is high time for all to put their hands on deck to save lives and arrest the dangers looming against humanity. It is high time to find alternative solutions, to pluck the existing loopholes which, if left unchecked, would lead to food and financial crisis worldwide," he warned.

He expressed the hope that the current global financial and economic crunch would not adversely affect the international efforts to alleviate the sufferings of the poor as a result of poverty and malnutrition.

He also expressed grave concern on the tragic humanitarian situation of people living in areas affected by drought and desertification in various parts of the world. He said the plight of those people continues to aggravate daily due to scarcity of water and food. "This is a bad omen for real catastrophe threatening the lives of millions of innocent people worldwide," he added.

He warned that the situation demands concerted efforts of all to provide food for millions of hungry people in the world according to latest reports from the UN and other specialised international agencies. He said the RCA had realised the actual size of the challenges stemming from the food crisis hence its continues presence at all areas affected by humanitarian situation, adding that the RCA had taken several measures, through well-designed programmes, to help close the food shortage gap in flash point areas and countries suffering from conflicts and natural disasters. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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