The UAE: A Model in International Humanitarian Efforts

  • 19 August 2015

Every year, on this day, the United Nations and the world celebrate World Humanitarian Day as a gesture to encourage and broaden humanitarian efforts around the globe, especially in disadvantaged and troubled areas, and wherever there is a need. The UAE’s foreign policy has followed a unique humanitarian approach since its foundations were laid down by Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul). President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) has followed the same approach making the UAE a model that can be emulated at the international level.

Humanitarian initiatives have become the UAE’s inseparable trait in every field as is evident in the acknowledgment it has received, especially from the United Nations. Today, the UAE has become one of the world’s largest contributors to humanitarian and charitable efforts. It routinely sends aid to the disadvantaged, refugees and those displaced from their homeland because of conflicts and wars. The UAE assists those suffering from hardships, deprivation, poverty, hunger, disease and are living in difficult conditions around the world and need a helping hand.

World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity for all countries, especially rich and developed ones, to redouble their humanitarian efforts. Countries around the world shouldn’t just provide financial assistance but also establish foundations of international human and social development by building infrastructure, hospitals, schools, roads and public facilities so that they overcome poverty, hunger, and disease. Experiences over the past two decades have proved that difficult living conditions of the people, especially youth, become one of the main breeding grounds for extremism, terrorism and lawlessness. This occasion presents a historic opportunity to build intergovernmental partnerships and cooperate with the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations to formulate programs and strategies that would help bring the poor out of their miseries.

Directives issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) and persistent follow-up from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect them), have propelled the UAE to the first rank among donors of humanitarian aid. The UAE has provided this aid to the poor around the world without any preconditions. Its sole aim is to help alleviate suffering, ensure decent living and promote stability and security for all.

This day symbolizes the hard work, sincere efforts and international cooperation that can help eliminate the suffering of all human beings around the world. Help should reach all the needy regardless of their language, religion, culture, gender, race, color, country or belief. Since people aspire to live in a peaceful world with security and prosperity, governments and international humanitarian organizations should join hands to achieve these aspirations.