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Zayed Foundation and UNDP sign MoU

posted on 29/09/2003: 854 views

The Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday , providing for closer cooperation between the two sides to alleviate poverty in the worst-affected through joint charity projects. The MoU was signed for the Zayed Foundation by Salem Obaid Al Dhaheri, Acting General Director of the Foundation and for the UNDP by Nadir Hadj-Hammou, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident representative.

In remarks shortly after the signing ceremony Al Dhaheri said the foundation seeks to reach out to the needy and the distressed everywhere around the world, irrespective of race or creed, as envisioned by the founder of the organisation, H.H President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He added that the MoU with the UNDP comes against the background of a similar successful cooperation with the United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1999, which led to the smooth delivery of relief assistance to Bosnian refugees.

The joint cooperation also led to a successful resettlement of refuges in the post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina. For his part, Hammou said the MoU would enhance cooperation towards supporting poverty alleviation and humanitarian projects and activities in the less developed countries worldwide. "This MoU has a special importance for the UNDP, as the Zayed Foundation is at present under the guidance of H.H President Sheikh Zayed.

The foundation is a major acting institution in the international humanitarian arena through its continued and consistent support to humanitarian to projects around the world" said Hammou. UN figures show that 1.2 billion of the global population earn less that a dollar per day and that 113 million children do not receive primary education, while half of the total women in the world still suffer from illiteracy. The figures also reveal that 11 million children are dying fro malnutrition.

Maternal mortality rate is still in many underdeveloped countries and one billion people have no access to clean-drinking water. The Zayed Foundation is currently implementing several projects, including water wells digging project in Africa at the cost of US$ 15 million and Fifty of the wells have been drilled in Sudan. In Tanzania, the Foundation has renovated a hospital in Zanzibar and built a hospital in the Comoros. This is in addition to a maternity hospital in Yemen and numerous other projects in Palestine and Afghanistan. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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