Di­had con­fer­ence 2018 to fo­cus on refugee aid

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Wam

DUBAI — The 15th edi­tion of the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Aid and De­vel­op­ment (Di­had 2018) Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion will launch on Mon­day.

The first event of its kind in the Mid­dle East, it will be on March 5-7, at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre. Held un­der the pa­tron­age of His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice-Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the con­fer­ence will see over 600 com­pa­nies from 84 coun­tries par­tic­i­pat­ing. Over 15,000 vis­i­tors and par­tic­i­pants from the re­gion and abroad are also ex­pected to visit.

Am­bas­sador Ger­hard Put­manCramer, di­rec­tor of the Di­had In­ter­na­tional Sci­en­tific Ad­vi­sory Board (Disab), said: “The cur­rent state of world af­fairs, with the rapidly grow­ing num­ber of vic­tims of dis­as­ters and cri­sis, both man­made and nat­u­ral, can­not con­tinue and call for ur­gent pre­ven­tive so­lu­tions and strate­gies.

“Ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions, there were nearly 102 mil­lion peo­ple in need for hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance in 2015, but now re­cent es­ti­mates suggest that the num­ber has grown to 142 mil­lion, in over 40 coun­tries. As re­quire­ments are out­grow­ing re­sources, we need a com­pre­hen­sive strat­egy to care of the needy, pro­vide shel­ter and plan for mil­lions of refugees who are cur­rently in­ac­ces­si­ble.”

Di­had and Disab’s ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Dr Ab­dul Salam Al Madani, added that the former has al­ways been at the fore­front of top­i­cal hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sues and will con­tinue to do so this year.

This year’s theme is ‘The Sus­tain­abil­ity of Emer­gency Aid: The In­ten­si­fy­ing Search for the Ap­pro­pri­ate Strate­gies, Method­olo­gies and Re­sources to Meet the Global Hu­man­i­tar­ian Chal­lenges in the Years Ahead’.

Di­had is or­gan­ised by IN­DEX Con­fer­ences and Ex­hi­bi­tions, sup­ported by the Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum Hu­man­i­tar­ian and Char­ity Estab­lish­men; United Na­tions; Emi­rates Red Cres­cent; Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion; In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian City; Gen­eral Direc­torate of Res­i­dency and For­eign­ers Af­fairs Dubai; and Dubai Cares. —

The united na­tions es­ti­mates that there are 142 mil­lion peo­ple in need for hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance in over 40 coun­tries.

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