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Princess Haya of Dubai honoured with Hunger Hero Award

posted on 23/01/2015: 31311 views

Princess Haya bint Al Hussain, the wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has been honoured by the United Nation's World Food Programme with the 2015 Hunger Hero Award.

She received the award on Thursday during the World Leaders Dinner at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

A former WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, Princess Haya is now a United Nations Messenger of Peace as well as the chairwoman of the International Humanitarian City in Dubai.

During her time as WFP Ambassador, she supported UN operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Gaza and Sub-Saharan Africa through field visits, fund-raising and publicity.

She also visited WFP operations in many countries, including Malawi, Syria and Cambodia.

To address hunger in her native Jordan, Princess Haya created the first food assistance non-government organisation in the Middle East called Tikiyet Um Ali. She expanded it so Jordanian families that cannot afford to pay for food now receive a monthly ration.

WFP executive director Ertharin Cousin said: "Princess Haya's steadfast support for our expanded capacity and operations out of Dubai as well as her advocacy for the people we serve throughout the world are greatly appreciated.

"She is a true champion of WFP's mission, and I look forward to continuing our work together in the future.” – The National -


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