Humanitarian Approach of the UAE

  • 5 October 2009

The directives of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to send emergency aid to the victims of earthquakes and hurricanes that struck two countries (Indonesia and The Philippines), spearheaded by the UAE’s two leading humanitarian organizations—the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Charity and the UAE Red Crescent—highlights the UAE’s approach in providing humanitarian assistance to those in need around the world without discrimination of race, religion or color, and has been a fundamental policy of the State since its inception and remains part of the established foundations of its foreign policy.

The UAE’s humanitarian role is not limited to providing just aid to the disaster and conflict-ridden areas, but extends to providing help for alleviation of their problems and for close participation in the humanitarian efforts. The UAE Red Crescent Society has announced that it intends to send a relief convoy to Indonesia to supervise its relief operations on the ground and to get to know the requirements of the area afflicted by the calamity. Again, following directives from HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, the UAE search-and-rescue team, has left the country with necessary equipment to Indonesia to provide assistance following the earthquake that affected the island of Sumatra.

Undoubtedly, insistence on direct participation of the UAE’s respective bodies in dealing with impact of the disasters and crises in such a manner reflects the deep sense of humanitarian responsibility of the UAE’s leadership, and the firm belief of the humanitarian role of the United Arab Emirates at both the regional and international arenas. Again, it reflects the credibility of the UAE’s foreign policy in adopting the humanitarian dimension. Through its several humanitarian initiatives over the past several years in different parts of the world, the UAE has gained considerable experience in dealing with humanitarian crises resulting from wars or natural disasters.

The United Arab Emirates believes in a shared human destiny, and espouses peace, stability and development for all people on Earth, and makes all possible efforts to improve peoples' lives, to raise their performance, ease their suffering, and renounce war and conflict. It considers that any issue, regardless of its severity, can only be resolved through peaceful means. This is the starting point of its humanitarian approach, which has turned it a model for rescue, goodwill, and openness in the international arena.