HE Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, Head of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, discussed with a delegation from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs the opportunities to open a United Nations office for the coordination of relief operations in the Gulf region, based in the UAE.
Sheikha Lubna welcomed this step as an extension to ongoing international efforts to support relief and humanitarian aid operations in the region, through the integration of experiences and capabilities, and the unification of efforts to achieve humanitarian goals.
This came during a meeting between HE Sheikh Lubna Al Qasimi and Kyung-wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator and her accompanying delegation at the ministry headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
Sheikha Lubna stressed that the UAE is keen to build and strengthen partnerships with international institutions involved in development and humanitarian work, in line with the directives of the wise leadership of the state.
Sheikha Lubna, on the sidelines of the meeting, discussed the efforts and contributions of UAE humanitarian institutions and donors, and their urgent response to situations resulting from humanitarian crises in various regions of the world.
HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi said that “The UAE is looking forward to strengthening partnership channels with UN committees and commissions through supporting international development and humanitarian response, the exchange of experiences, and mobilizing efforts in all relief areas.”
The meeting discussed joint efforts by both sides in responding to the crisis in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, and shed light on the UAE’s achievements in this regard.
Sheikha Lubna praised the efforts undertaken by the United Nations to support the international community, which has contributed to providing support to persons affected by conflicts and natural disasters.
HE Kyung-Wha Kang commended the UAE’s leading role in providing support and humanitarian aid to many communities and peoples of the world, especially in Syria and Yemen.
Kang said that the UAE’s humanitarian presence in the world, and its strong and effective role towards all issues in the region, in addition to the continuous follow-up by the UAE’s wise leadership, are factors that impacted the United Nations’ decision to expand its relief efforts by opening the Office for the Coordination of Foreign Aid (OCFA) in the UAE.
The meeting was attended by HE Hazza Mohammed Falah Al Qahtani, Undersecretary of Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, HE Najla Al Kaabi, Undersecretary Assistant for International Cooperation, Engineer Mohammed Al Ali, Director of Development policy and strategy, HE Rashid Khalikov, Director of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva, and Mr. Said Hirsi, Administrator of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Arabian Gulf region.