UN launches $15b humanitarian aid appeal


Source: Khaleej Times

Shaikh Mohammed says UAE is one of the world’s most generous supporters of international humanitarian causes.

The United Nations reached out to the UAE to help generate fund that could help close $15b shortfall in global humanitarian aid on Sunday.

In an exceptional move, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon unveiled a report in Dubai on Sunday, which highlighted a need for an additional $15 billion to meet the growing humanitarian needs of victims in conflict zones around the world.

Ban hails the UAE’s generosity

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met on the sidelines of the launch of a UN report in Dubai.

Shaikh Mohammed and Ban discussed the state of refugees who are in need of special humanitarian aid to sustain them and provide certain minimum necessities of life as they battle dire conditions like cold weather, hunger and homelessness.

Ban hailed the UAE’s humanitarian assistance, and cooperation extended by Emirati authorities with UN organisations and programmes.

He also pointed out the role played by the Jebel Ali-based International Humanitarian City that is chaired by Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of Shaikh Mohammed.

Among those who attended the meeting were Princess Haya, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State, and other top officials. – Wam

The report, entitled “Too important to fail – addressing the humanitarian financial gap”, noted that the $25 billion currently spent on providing humanitarian aid to an estimated 125 million people globally, is insufficient to meet the rapidly increasing numbers of people in need.

The report also noted that Muslim majority countries are disproportionately affected by war, with 31 of 33 active conflicts taking place in those countries.

Among those on hand at Sunday’s event in the International Humanitarian City (IHC) was His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, Chairperson of IHC.

Shaikh Mohammed stressed that the UAE, led by The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has become a global humanitarian leader and one of the world’s most generous supporters of international humanitarian causes.

Thanking the United Nations and its secretary-general for launching the report in the UAE, Shaikh Mohammed stressed that the UAE continues to establish itself as a global humanitarian capital.

“This move shows that the international community has confidence in our state, and its international humanitarian efforts in particular,” he said.

“Joint international humanitarian action should be boosted to bridge the global shortfall in humanitarian assistance by improving the efficiency of humanitarian work, involving the private sector and establishing good governance in countries in need of assistance,” he added.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the report’s official unveiling, Ban Ki-moon noted that the world is facing crises of unprecedented proportion that demand urgent funding, particularly in the Middle East.

“This is an age of mega crises. Three out of four UN appeals for humanitarian funding for more than $1 billion are in the Middle East and North Africa,” he said.

“Globally, the world is shattering records we would have never wished to break.

“We are seeing all time high numbers for the amounts of money requested through humanitarian appeals.

“That is why, in May last year, I asked a high-level panel of eminent independent experts to urgently seek solutions for the funding gap,” he added.

“The report recommendations address three questions I posed at the outset. First, how to raise money and more funding for humanitarian aid. Second, how to make it more predictable. Third, how to improve its efficiency.”

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