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Jawaher appointed as UNHCR Eminent Advocate

posted on 08/05/2013: 1463 views

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has appointed Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, as an Eminent Advocate for refugee children around the globe.

The appointment was announced at a special ceremony in Sharjah that was also attended by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah and Member of the Supreme Council.

This is one of the most distinguished positions in international humanitarianism, which the UNHCR gives to the most respected humanitarians who have established an exceptional track record worldwide.

Speaking at the ceremony, Sheikh Sultan stated, "It is a great occasion when Sheikha Jawaher has been honoured by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for her efforts to uplift the under privileged during her career. Through UNHCR it is possible to reach suffering refugees throughout the world. The commissioner has the best interests of refugees. Sheikha Jawahar's past work led to her being chosen for this position. We wish her success, and I will keep supporting her efforts and the efforts of others who work for the needy and the underprivileged here and in the rest of the world.”

This appointment is the culmination of the tireless humanitarian efforts of Sheikha Jawaher, in which she has devoted herself to helping victims of wars and conflict — especially children, as they are the most vulnerable.

Commenting on her appointment, Sheikha Jawaher said, "I wish to express my immense appreciation to the UNHCR for bestowing upon me this honour. I also wish to congratulate the High Commissioner and his hardworking personnel in the UNHCR for their tireless humanitarian efforts, which have made a life-saving and life-changing difference to the victims of war and crisis around the globe. To our long-suffering Syrian brothers and sisters, I would like to say hope is on the way and we will not let you walk alone.”

She also said, "I have always believed that charity knows no borders, and in our humanitarian efforts we are one: there is no ‘me' or ‘you', only ‘us'. That means religion, race, culture and nationality will all be invisible to us — what we only see is the suffering of today and the hope of a brighter tomorrow.” – The Gulf Today


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