15th edition of DIHAD Conference & Exhibition Concludes in Dubai today
Mar 07, 2018

Dubai --( ASIA TODAY )-- United Arab Emirates, 7 March, 2018: The Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition – DIHAD 2018, a dedicated event for meeting the humanitarian needs of people in the region and around the world, concluded its 15th edition today at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

On the 3rd and final day of DIHAD 2018, experts in the field of humanitarian affairs highlighted how new technologies such as Blockchain, Mobile Internet technology, 3D printing and Rural connectivity are revolutionizing the world of humanitarian aid. It was also stressed that technology is playing a key role in enabling access to previously unconnected communities, who are now able to receive and benefit from emergency aid, education, health and financial services in many parts of the world, which are often prone to disasters, conflicts and catastrophes.

HH Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi, Executive Director of Al Ahsan Charitable Association, Ajman visited DIHAD 2018 this year where he toured the exhibition and visited the stands of a number of leading local and international humanitarian organizations, NGOs, and charitable foundations.

Commenting on her participation in DIHAD this year, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Ursula Mueller said, “Despite the continued generosity of donors, humanitarian needs are vastly outpacing available resources, resulting in more hardship and suffering for people caught in emergencies. DIHAD represents an excellent opportunity for partners to come together, identify innovative solutions and seize new opportunities so that we can better support crisis-affected communities around the world.”

On her part, Nora Joumblatt, President of Kayany Foundation and Executive Board Member of the European Festival Association since 2011, said, “I come from Lebanon, a country that has been at the forefront of the Syrian refugee crisis, sheltering over 1.5 million refugees, giving it the highest concentration of refugees per capita in the world. I established ‘Kayany Foundation’ to help bring much needed education to thousands of the most vulnerable and marginalized Syrian refugee children living in the informal tented settlements.”

She added, “The DIHAD conference is highly critical and timely. I look forward to this exceptional humanitarian event to construct a new vision and help respond to the pressing needs of refugee populations. Refugees –as refugees -need and should be entitled to expect 3 things: rescue, autonomy and a route out of limbo.”

While stressing on the need for innovation while delivering humanitarian aid, H.E. Ambassador Laura Thompson, Deputy Director-General, International Organization for Migration, stated, “We need to encourage innovative approaches to financing, joined-up partnerships, the strategic leverage of existing humanitarian financing instruments and the development of more efficient operational praxis among humanitarian and development actors.”

According to experts, the field of humanitarian aid is today thirsty for innovation, as technology not only offers both transparency and security and help fight corruption but also offers refugees a virtual identity and reassures donors that their money is well-spent. With new technologies on offer, aid and development groups are able to deliver life-saving and life-improving medical emergency supplies, thereby transforming the way humanitarian aid is delivered and supply vital aid on demand, whenever and wherever it is needed.

Annina Mattson, Director of Programs at Dubai Cares said: “DIHAD is a global humanitarian platform that brings together top humanitarian leaders, international and local NGOs, governments, academia, and the private sector to exchange humanitarian ideas, values and practices. Through our participation this year, we want to highlight the importance of providing education to children and young people affected by emergencies. The right to education is most at risk during emergencies but it is also the exact time when it is needed the most. We at Dubai Cares believe that education is the key to resilience, as it provides children with safety, a sense of normalcy and the skills they need to bounce back from adversity.”

The Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition – DIHAD, is held every year under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, organized by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions - member of INDEX Holding.

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