‘UAE occupies unique position in humanitarian field regionally, globally’
Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has underscored the United Arab Emirate (UAE’s) unique position in humanitarian efforts regionally and internationally. He attributed this to the efforts of Emirate’s volunteers.
The UAE, under the leadership of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, gives volunteer work significant consideration in its national strategies to promote charity, giving and generosity and encourages volunteer initiatives, he affirmed.
In a statement marking International Volunteer Day on December 5, Sheikh Hamdan said, “The UAE is witnessing continuous momentum in its promotion of certain areas of volunteer work, owing to the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, 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.”
The ERC Chairman highlighted the challenges of volunteer work and volunteers, especially in areas of armed conflicts, noting that several humanitarian volunteers and workers get killed on an annual basis while performing their sacred duties.
Violation of international laws and conventions is a heinous crime against humanity, he noted, adding that the UAE was concerned about the humanitarian situation in several Arab countries, due to growing violence in the region.
Hamdan also stressed that exposure of volunteers, civilians and relief workers to violence and the obstacles to delivery of aid have led to deteriorating humanitarian conditions.