DIHAD continues in its second day

March 26, 2014 1:13 pm

Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD) conference and exhibition continued in its second day with participation of key international humanitarians and important figures, whom highlighted different topics related to the conference’s theme “Women and Aid, Women on whom disasters and crises inflict a disproportionate amount of suffering and women, essential providers of relief and assistance.”

About the importance of DIHAD Conference & Exhibition, Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme, said: “DIHAD provides an invaluable platform annually bringing together humanitarian aid workers, private sector, government officials from around the world and the donor community in Dubai,”

Ertharin Cousin continued: “The delivery of humanitarian assistance particularly to women in crisis situations requires new and more innovative, cost effective tools and strategies. DIHAD offers the ideal forum for discussion and resolution that will help us achieve our shared goal of delivering better for the women and children depending on our collective support.”

From her side HE Kristalina Georgirva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian and Crisis Response (ECHO) commented: “DIHAD is a great forum and a fantastic opportunity for professionals to come together and exchange views and information on the latest developments as well as to learn about new technologies which will be useful for all of us in improving our humanitarian response.”

The conference agenda of the second day included various topics such as Women & Development, Women & Security and special sessions about the Syrian humanitarian crises and the in-country assistance and assistance required from neighboring countries for the sake of Syrian refugees.

Commenting on the Syrian humanitarian crises Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Emergency Coordinator for Syria and Neighbouring Countries said: “WFP moves around 40,000 metric tons of food each month to feed close to 4 million people across Syria. This is one of WFP’s largest and most complex operations worldwide.”

“We are grateful for the generous contributions that have enabled us to save lives. WFP requires $40m each week to assist affected people in Syria and refugees in neighbouring countries,” continued Muhannad Hadi.

From her side HE Kristalina Georgirva said: “The greatest challenges we face can be summed up in a word: access. Hundreds of thousands of innocents are trapped behind and between fighting lines where our aid cannot reach. We need the fighters to respect civilians and humanitarian workers. That is why I was relieved when the UN Security Council passed a humanitarian resolution. Now we need to ensure that it is implemented and that respect for International Humanitarian Law is restored. The international community’s role in advocating for this is crucial.”

Ertharin Cousin, WFP Executive Director, speaks for Women at DIHAD

Ertharin Cousin, the WFP Executive Director, delivered an important speech on the first day of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development (DIHAD) Conference and Exhibition. In her speech, she talked about women and how they are affected by war and disasters. Cousin focused in her speech on the massive impacts war and disasters have on women’s safety, food security, health and education.

Cousin was quoted saying: “We won’t forget you… That was my promise to women and children whom I met during my trip to the Central African Republic. I am keeping my word by being their voice in DIHAD. I am also the voice of many others in forgotten crises in different parts of the world. ”

She also explained that women and children make for more than three-quarters of those affected by disasters and crises. It is women whom most often bear the crippling consequences; be they physical, psychological, social or economic.

“Dealing with the issue of gender is not limited only to the issue of gender equality; it is about increasing opportunities for women and girls to survive during a crisis. Failure to do so is a serious threat to the lives and safety of women, and their families and communities,” she added.

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security in the world. Each year, WFP provides food to over 90 million people in 80 countries around the world.

Mohammed Assaf participates in DIHAD 2014

“Before I became a singer and the Arab Idol winner, and a Goodwill Ambassador – I am a Palestinian refugee, and a student of the UNRWA schools in Gaza.”

Mohammed Assaf, the Arab Idol singer and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), participated in the activities of the 11th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development (DIHAD) Conference and Exhibition.

Assaf gave a speech during the conference, where he appealed to all humanitarian institutions and associations to do all what they can to finance the UNRWA’s activities. “Such donations will allow the UNRWA to continue providing aid and relief to all Palestinian refugees until the day comes when there is a just and lasting solution to this crisis based on UN resolutions,” said Mohammad Assaf.

Assaf went on to saying: “Many of you here are familiar with the UNRWA, and many of you also are supporting it. You know that it is the largest of the UN agencies working closely with the Palestinians on the ground in the Middle East. However, you may not fully know what does the word “UNRWA” mean. More importantly, what does it mean for people like me.”

He added: “Fortunately for me, I know the UNRWA very well. Although I am very proud of my role as the UNRWA Goodwill Ambassador for young people, our association together goes way back. I and foremost – and before I became a singer and the Arab Idol winner, and a Goodwill Ambassador – I am a Palestinian refugee, and a student of the UNRWA schools in Gaza. I live in one of the UNRWA refugee camps. I seek medical treatment in many of its health centers. My dear mother was and still is a schoolteacher in UNRWA schools. She and my father supported me through their income from working there. There are nearly five million Palestinian refugees who rely solely on the UNRWA every day, like me and my family.”

Assaf also addressed the tragic conditions of the Syrian refugees, especially in the Yarmouk refugee camp. The UNRWA is deeply concerned about the bleak humanitarian situation in the Yarmouk camp, and about the escalating violence and armed conflict, which have impeded its efforts to alleviate the plight of civilians caught in the crossfire.

On the other hand, it is worth mentioning that this year, the UNRWA pavilion highlights the humanitarian situation in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, where a set of images that explain the suffering of the Palestinian refugee camps of Syria is on display. The UNRWA photo gallery shows a set of old photos handpicked from its archives to celebrate the long journey of the Palestinian women refugees.

HE Ms Kristalina Georgirva visits the International Humanitarian City (IHC) Warehouses

On the sidelines of DIHAD Conference & Exhibition, HE Ms Kristalina Georgirva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian and Crisis Response (ECHO) is visited the International Humanitarian City (IHC), Warehouses.

The IHC offers specialized and state-of-the-art facilities to its members. ECHO, as a major donor to many of IHC members, is welcoming such cost effective partnership, and the delivery of humanitarian goods and services are enabling rapid response in any emergency, regional and world-wide. A new reality-experience exposition allows the visitor to understand the importance of qualitative goods to be rapidly dispatched to disaster areas.

Dubai Ambulance displays the most technologically advanced ambulances at IECM Exhibition

Parallel to DIHAD Conference and Exhibition, the International Emergency & Catastrophe Management Conference & Exhibition, that is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai resumed in its 2nd day. IECM Conference focused on issues faced during emergencies through new practices, methodologies, and case studies discussed by experts from the field. The Conference brought up in its 2nd day various important topics. The conference’s agenda for the 2nd day included a number of disaster management workshops presented by the Coventry University such as Disaster Preparedness – Interoperability: Technical &Non-Technical Approaches to Multi Agency Disaster Response, Disaster Preparedness – Wide Area Emergencies: Issues & Challenges for Command & Control, How to plan, Deliver and evaluate disaster Response training and exercise, and Post Disaster Reconstruction.

On the other hand, IECM Exhibition displayed the latest equipments and techniques in Emergency Medical Services & Equipment, Ambulance Services, Emergency Service Vehicles, Emergency Medicines, Search & Rescue Equipment, Mobile Diagnostic & Laboratory Equipment, First Response Equipment & Tools, and many more.

“This unique ambulance prototype is designed to standardize the future fleets of Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services and reinforce the Expo-2020 vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of The U.A.E and Ruler of Dubai,” says Mr. John Slawson, President of Horton Emergency Vehicles and Mr. Khalifa Hassan Al Darrai, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services. Says Mr. John Slawson, President of Horton Emergency Vehicles and Mr. Khalifa Hassan Al Darrai, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services.

Based on information from Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services the ambulance is built with an all-aluminum body, the unit structure will last for decades, resisting bowing and providing extra strength protection during potential vehicular accidents. The interior of the unit features high-technology composite materials impervious to water rot, mold, fungus or infestation. Once used only in aircraft or aerospace applications, the composite materials are some of the most advanced offerings on the market.

DIHAD is organized by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – member of INDEX Holding and supported by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Est., the UN, the UAE Red Crescent Authority, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, International Humanitarian City, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai and Dubai Cares. . DIHAD is also sponsored by Al Khair Foundation & IQRA TV.


Index Shared Services
Suzan Mounzer
Media & PR Executive
Phone: +971 4 362 4717 Ext: 505

Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition
Attracta D’Silva
Project Manager
Phone: +971 4 362 4717 Ext: 116