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UAE role in charity field appreciated

posted on 01/09/2002: 878 views

The Governing Board of the International Federation for Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has lauded the role of the UAE Red Crescent Society in the humanitarian and charity fields through its prompt response to programmes launched by the IFRC and its presence among the vulnerable worldwide, especially in Palestine and Afghanistan. The board noted that the UAE RC relief and development programmes target the vulnerable, and praised the cooperation of UAE delegations in all dealings with international humanitarian agencies.

Making its comments in Geneva last June, which were subsequently quoted by the latest volume of RCS' "Al Hilal”. magazine, during a five-day meeting, which was also attended by a UAE RCS delegation headed by Khalifa Nasser Al Suweidi, Chairman of the UAERC Board of Directors, and Dr Abdul Kareem Bensiali, adviser on international relations.

Later, briefing newsmen, Suweidi said that the board had discussed some core areas, including the IFRC strategy for supporting the national societies to enable them to fulfil their humanitarian missions as well as the funding methods of those programmes. The Governing Board discussed the work plans for the sub-committees till 2003, and their role in supporting the decrees issued by the IFRC General Assembly last November.

The UAE delegation held separate meetings with J.M.S. Del Toro, President of the IFRC, Didier Cherptill, IFRC's Secretary General, and some of the participants from other national societies and discussed cooperation in the future. During their stay in Geneva, the UAERC delegates also participated in a meeting of the Donors Forum, under the sponsorship of IFRC and ICRC, which was attended by 26 national societies. It also participated in a forum organised to debate the International law for refugees that was held at the San Rimo Institute of International Human Rights Law in Italy.

Dr Saleh Mousa Al Taie, Relief & Projects Department Manager, made a presentation at the forum emphasising the efforts of the RCS in helping and providing humanitarian care to refugees in various countries without discrimination. He explained the commendable role played by Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, wife of the President and Chairperson of the UAE Women's Federation, for her efforts in supporting refugees in general, and women in particular, citing the example of the Woman Refugee Fund, which was established under her directives to assist refugees worldwide and address their problems. Dr Taei mentioned the role of the UAE RCS in helping refugees in Albania which cost around US$26,500,000 and extending aid of Macedonian refugees which cost US$200,000 and benefited 6,842 individuals. (The Khaleej Times)


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