Dr. Al-Nuaimi: “Humanitarian Work Is the True Expression of Human Nature.”
- 19 August 2020
His Excellency Dr. Sultan Mohammed Al-Nuaimi, Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), stressed that humanitarian work, free of all agendas and interests, is the true expression of human nature as granted to us by God. This nature embraces goodness; respect for the sanctity of human life; a commitment to improving the quality of life for all; and, offering assistance and cooperation in the face of threats to individuals and communities, regardless of their nature or source.
His Excellency made the remarks in a statement on World Humanitarian Day, which is observed on August 19 each year to honor the efforts of relief and health care workers who, despite the challenges, support and protect those most in need. Dr. Al-Nuaimi said this year, the occasion comes as the world continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic, which poses a major threat to health, economic and social aspects of life worldwide. Every day the pandemic leaves an unprecedented impact on patterns of life, the nature of activities and the types of relationships to which we are accustomed. Furthermore, His Excellency pointed out that health care workers are on the frontlines in combating the pandemic, trying to stop its spread and mitigate the implications for the stability of communities. As a result, all people, organizations and countries should express their appreciation for the outstanding efforts made by health care workers.
He added that the actions of health care workers in confronting the pandemic, whether in stable countries or areas that suffer from crises and conflict, strengthen values related to protecting the sanctity of human life, and the right to a safe and secure life. Their efforts also promote empathy, compassion and solidarity among people, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion. This reaffirms that humanity stands united in confronting all threats to life, through efforts to save lives and alleviate the suffering of the infected, which plays a pivotal role in halting the spread of the virus. Therefore, health care workers deserve the gratitude of the entire world, as they symbolize the hope for a better life with fewer challenges that threaten the quality of life.
In this context, Dr. Al-Nuaimi highlighted the UAE’s humanitarian approach, which was established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace), and is carried on by the UAE’s wise leadership. This approach is based on cooperation for the good of all humanity, and taking the initiative to help and support people in facing crises and emergencies. The UAE extends a helping hand to all those affected by crises or disasters, regardless of color, race or religion. This approach is clearly seen in the medical assistance the UAE has sent to more than 107 countries throughout the world. This includes 1,277 tons of medical and preventive supplies, which benefited more than 1.2 million health care workers in frontline teams fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Once again, the UAE leads in the arena of humanitarian assistance, showing solidarity with all societies, and with those who protect health and life; the heroes on the frontlines, confronting an unseen enemy.