The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation have endorsed a collaboration contract with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in order to support the humanitarian response plan in Myanmar, Yemen, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Additionally, it wants to support ICRC’s budget, amounting to AED40.4 million (US$11 million).
The accord was signed by the Minister of State for International Cooperation, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy and President of the ICRC, Peter Maurer, on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United National General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
Under the pact, the UAE would be providing the ICRC with US$6 million in order to support health centers as well as water and sanitation facilities in Yemen. US$1 million would be used in order to support the Organization’s charitable efforts in Myanmar. Another, US$1 million would be used to support the philanthropic efforts in DRC; apart from the additional US$3 million which is going to be used for supporting general programs.
Reem Al Hashemy stated that the signing of this accord mirrors the efforts of the UAE’s to achieve peace and growth in the world by making use of its foreign aid policy and through various humanitarian and development projects. All these would be in conformity with the vision of the wise leadership of the UAE. She stated that the purpose of this assistance is to support the charitable efforts that have been set in motion by the UAE in different nations around the world. It falls within the scheme of the charitable and advancement approach of the UAE. She emphasized that the UAE’s willingness in ensuing fruitful work with the ICRC, devoting to mitigate the suffering of humans and providing support to those who have been badly afflicted around the world can easily conquer the difficult humanitarian situation.
The accord which was signed with the ICRC included meeting the basic needs of the affected people. The pact also emphasized the importance of receiving the wounded as well as the sick for correct medical treatment, providing assistance to the disabled people through the offering of physical rehabilitation services.
In Myanmar and DRC, it aims to support health centers, water and rehabilitation of sanitation structures. Myanmar and DRC would receive basic services and relief materials, as well as medical assistance to the sick or wounded from armed conflicts or violence. The UAE is a member of the donor support group of the ICRC.