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UAE strives to leverage humanitarian work: Hamdan bin Zayed

posted on 19/08/2016: 586 views

The UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is proceeding with plans to promote core values of the nation's humanitarian work by transforming the immediate response to emergencies and crises into long-term development programmes that cater to the needs of vulnerable communities, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and President of the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), affirmed.

'Thanks to the directives given by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE has become a vibrant springboard for innovative humanitarian initiatives and for rallying support for pressing humanitarian issues that plague many peoples,' Sheikh Hamdan said in a statement prior to World Humanitarian Day.

Further, HH reiterated the UAE's determination to advance its humanitarian initiatives by staying the course drawn by the founding father of the nation, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan.

'The prominent standing and established approach adopted by the UAE, placed on our shoulders a greater commitment towards the humanity and a pivotal role in improving living standards and protecting vulnerable people from risks,' Sheikh Hamdan said, outlining the UAE's relentless efforts to reduce poverty, fight hunger and malnutrition, and alleviate suffering of peoples in the least developed countries by providing them with basic needs, particularly food.

Sheikh Hamdan urged the international community to shoulder its full responsibility, so as to ease suffering of affected peoples, eradicate extreme poverty, fight hunger and address increasing issues of concern, such as refugees, along with displaced and marginalised persons.

HH also expressed his hopes that the international community would find appropriate solutions to causes that result in increased numbers of refugees and displaced persons.

Current humanitarian conditions throughout the world, he noted, calls for collective international action to address them.

'The forces of good are required to seize the opportunity of World Humanitarian Day to mobilise energies, harness efforts and potentials to save lives and avert risks facing humanity by devising alternative plans that tackle consequences of crises and catastrophes,' he added.

Sheikh Hamdan also praised the partnership between the ERC and other international relief organisations that seek to build better futures for humanitarian work and secure decent lives for the underprivileged. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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