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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

UAE aims to be the world hub for humanitarian aid

The goal is 'to ensure the readiness of relief work locally and internationally in anticipation of any disaster in an area inhabited by two billion people around us,' Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said.

DUBAI // The UAE aims by 2021 to be the first global logistics hub for distributing humanitarian aid in response to regional disasters and crises.

The goal is “to ensure the readiness of relief work locally and internationally in anticipation of any disaster in an area inhabited by two billion people around us,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said on Monday.

The strategy was launched at International Humanitarian City, the aid logistics centre in Dubai. IHC already hosts nine United Nations agencies and more than 40 NGOs and companies that deliver urgent crisis aid and also support long-term economic development.

Sheikh Mohammed also launched the new International Humanitarian Impact Fund, and donated Dh1 million to motivate the private sector to finance relief projects.

IHC will become a leading organiser and host of annual regional and world humanitarian events. The UAE will host a World Humanitarian Forum every two years from September.

In a recorded message at Monday’s launch, the United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon praised the UAE’s commitment to working with the UN and providing logistical and financial support.

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