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Development Conference and Exhibition DIHAD Concludes a Successful 2017 Edition
DIHAD has witnessed a number of important initiatives to alleviate the suffering of children and wars

ROMA (Italy) - The 14th edition of Dubai International Humanitarian and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD) had concluded its three days agenda today at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. DIHAD 2017 has witnessed a number of important initiatives, campaigns, events, and partnerships that coordinate stances and joint programs in order to alleviate the suffering of children in disasters, conflicts and wars. From his side, Mr. Abdullah Al Wardat Director of the WFP UAE and GCC said: WFP is pleased to have the opportunity to showcase at this hackathon, a life event that can impact the well-being of children in crisis.


“The UAE Government has been incredibly active in raising awareness for the global refugee crisis and in encouraging actors from all sectors to play their part. The #FlyForPeace campaign at DIHAD, in which Syrian orphaned refugees depict their vision of peace on kites, is Bilqees Sarwar’s Foundation answer to this call. It embraces the value of art as a therapeutic outlet to process trauma. Designing and flying kites is an empowering way of expression among child refugees. It is shown in research that flying kites in particular provides a sense of freedom; it represents a life without borders and is a powerful symbol of limitless possibilities”, says Oliver Freeman from the Bilqees Sarwar Foundation.

This year saw the first ever hackathon to be held at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid Exhibition and Conference, was managed by the World Food Programme/UNHRD LAB Dubai.

Seventeen Computer programmers and behavioral neuroscience students jointly developed a unique software application for IOS and Android to aid children in crisis globally that they called SMILE. The developers worked skillfully under guidance of experienced professors from the Rochester Institute of Technology and WFP/UNHRD employees experienced in humanitarian and development aid. The app ‘SMILE’ provides specific services for the educator working with children in the heart of the crisis. It will increase their awareness on several aspects of behavioral abnormalities that children in crisis suffer from.

Dr. Yousef Al Assaf, Dean R.I.T. said: “RIT Dubai is proud to support the DIHAD 2017 Hackathon, run in conjunction with WFP –UNHRD. It is an excellent initiative and as a long-term partner of WFP, we are very much aware of the important and life-changing working the program carries out. This initiative combines the academic and technical expertise of our faculty and students to offer real life solutions and research that make a difference in the world.”

From his side, Mr. Abdullah Al Wardat Director of the WFP UAE and GCC said: “World Food Programme (WFP) is pleased to have the opportunity to showcase at this hackathon, a life event that can impact the well-being of children in crisis. The app ‘SMILE’ will gradually counteract to various vulnerabilities and promote emotional intelligence as part of an all-encompassing education. Further, we are honored to play a role in preparing students to contribute to the sustainability challenges of the today.”

On the other hand, the winner of the Red Cross & Red Crescent competition on innovation was announced yesterday at DIHAD. The Lebanese Red Cross received the award from the IFRC Secretary General Elhaj As Sy for its creative proposal on “Using humanitarian values towards a culture of non-violence and peace”. The project will promote non-discrimination and social inclusion by engaging different NGOs and address tensions among migrants and their host communities through interactive training and role-play known as “Our village’s treasure”. The theme is extremely critical as Lebanon is dramatically affected by the civil war in Syria and hosts a large number of refugees.

In his award receiving speech Mr. Sarkiss from the Lebanese Red Cross quoted the well-known saying from Ned Nodding, “Attitudes and mentalities are shaped, at least in part, by experience (because) self-knowledge is much more powerful than the inert and the inactive knowledge of others that we gain from books and lectures.”

The conference this year have discussed critical topics that included: How To Better Address The Often-Time Irreparable Damage Caused To Children In Conflict Situations, Children; Abuse and Exploitation, Breaking the Spiral of Violence, Children and Hunger, and Education in Emergencies, to name a few.

DIHAD is organized yearly by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions - member of INDEX Holding and supported by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Est, the United Nations, the UAE Red Crescent Authority, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, International Humanitarian City, OCHA- United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Dubai Cares.


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The prospects of humanitarian intervention in DIHAD 2017 opening in Dubai
Exceptional partner the United Nations through the important presence of the WFP
that just has a base in Dubai Humanitarian Response Depot UNHRD - 21 - 23 March 2017

ROMA (Italy) - Innovative data collection, analysis and dissemination on forced displacement for effective humanitarian response. Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai, supported by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Est., the United Nations, the UAE Red Crescent Authority, International Humanitarian City, Dubai Cares and the Organisation of Islamic Conference. This unique event will take place from the 21 – 23 March 2017 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre.


Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai, supported by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Est., the United Nations, the UAE Red Crescent Authority, International Humanitarian City, Dubai Cares and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). INDEX will host the 14th Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition – DIHAD – 2017. This unique event will take place from the 21 – 23 March 2017 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Message from the Chairman of DIHAD - On behalf of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Est., it gives me honour to invite you to participate in the 14th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition – DIHAD 2017 to be held in Dubai from March 21 – 23, 2017. As an active charity foundation in the UAE, we are proud to support DIHAD in all its activities where we can grow and share experiences with the regional and international humanitarian community. With a world blighted by suffering and poverty, we wish to further facilitate the work of local and regional humanitarian actors to meet with the ultimate goal of reducing suffering around the world. (Ibrahim Bumelha Cultural and Humanitarian Advisor of – His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President- Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Est - Chairman of the Higher Committee – DIHAD - Chairman of DISAB)

This year the Pre-DIHAD workshop will focus on forced displacement and specifically on the importance of “innovative data collection, analysis and dissemination on forced displacement for effective humanitarian response”. Today, the level of displacement in the world has reached unprecedented levels. Nearly 60 million people, half of them children, have had to flee their homes due to conflict and violence . The displacement situation is worst in the Middle East and North Africa region which has witnessed an upsurge in violent conflict. Since 2010, the number of conflicts, refugees and IDPs has grown in the region. Between 2009 and 2014, the number of conflicts increased by 35 per cent, from 55 to 74. In that same period, the number of IDPs more than doubled from 6.7 million to 15.6 million, while the number of refugees increased by nearly half from 5 million to 7.5 million . Any innovation that improves aid delivery to displaced people is bound to enhance the effectiveness of the overall humanitarian system since the displaced people constitute a higher proportion of people in need of global humanitarian assistance , and in particular the MENA region.

Within the thematic framework of displacement, the pre-DIHAD will zoom into the need for innovative data collection and analysis on displacement and movement. Timely and appropriate response to displaced people has been stifled in many parts of the world due to persistent skepticism about the reliability of displacement related information. The efficacy and effectiveness of humanitarian response plans in general, and those that address forced displacement in particular, is contingent on the existence of timely and accurate information about population movements. The pre-DIHAD workshop will endeavor to collect best practices on displacement/movement tracking and monitoring systems and how these tools and systems contribute to response policy and strategy development.


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La più grande "città umanitaria" del pianeta ha un nuovo CEO, l'italiano Giuseppe Saba
Saba dirigerà la International Humanitarian City (IHC) di Dubai

ROMA (Italy) - L'annuncio della nomina di Giuseppe Saba arriva direttamente dalla Principessa Haya Bint al Hussein attuale Presidente della "città umanitaria". Il prestigioso incarico prevede anche un coordinamento con tutte le forze a carattere umanitario che sono state costituite dalle Nazioni Unite per far fronte alle grandi emergenze mondiali. Mr. Saba, infatti, è un profondo conoscitore della materia avendo già svolto attività del genere per conto delle United Nations in varie parti del mondo compreso il WFP che a Roma ha il Quartier Generale e a Brindisi una delle 6 basi operative (UNHRD) per gli aiuti d'emergenza.


Come parte di una grande iniziativa di espansione per la International Humanitarian City (IHC) approvato dal Vice Presidente e Primo Ministro degli Emirati Arabi Uniti e governatore di Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, il mese scorso, Giuseppe Saba, uno dei maggiori esperti di logistica con una vasta esperienza con le Nazioni Unite, è stato nominato Chief executive Officer, con effetto dal 4 marzo 2017.

Presidente del (IHC) SAR la principessa Haya Bint al Hussein, moglie di HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, ha annunciato la nomina di Saba. "Non c'è nessuno nella comunità di aiuto globale con uno sfondo più forte nel settore della logistica di Giuseppe Saba. Siamo così fortunati ad avere lui. Egli è stato determinante nella fondazione del sistema delle Nazioni Unite di Depositi a risposta umanitaria (UNHRD), che HH Sheikh Mohammed ha così generosamente sostenuto, e lui ci guiderà ad espandere e migliorare l'IHC negli anni a venire."

Per più di un decennio, Saba ha servito come capo della UNHRD, che ha depositi di aiuti in Italia, Malesia, Ghana, Panama, Spagna oltre a quello di Dubai. Questi depositi sono stati impegnati nel fornire aiuto in crisi diverse come i terremoti in Pakistan e ad Haiti, la siccità in Africa orientale e meridionale, e dei conflitti civili in corso in Siria, Iraq e Yemen. All'inizio della sua carriera, Saba ha tenuto una posizione di alto livello nel settore della logistica con l'Ufficio delle Nazioni Unite per il coordinamento degli affari umanitari (OCHA) e servito nel settore sanitario con il Ministero degli Affari Esteri del Governo italiano.

La principessa Haya Bint al Hussein è presidente della Città Internazionale Umanitaria (IHC) di Dubai, che è stata fondata da Sua Altezza lo Sceicco Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, nel 2003, ed è oggi il più grande e più frequentato hub logistico del mondo per gli aiuti umanitari. La IHC ha capacità e posizione strategica - entro otto ore in aereo per due terzi della popolazione mondiale - ha contribuito a fornire assistenza ad alcune delle peggiori crisi umanitarie degli ultimi dieci anni, tra cui lo tsunami del 2004 in Thailandia e nel sud-est asiatico, la siccità ricorrente nel Corno d'Africa, la guerra civile in Afghanistan e Darfur, e il terremoto del 2010 ad Haiti. Inoltre, IHC è stata fortemente impegnata nelle risposte di emergenza alla Siria e le Filippine.

La Principessa Haya - www.princesshaya.net - tutti i giorni, mette il proprio fascino e la sua dolcezza a disposizione dei progetti umanitari di cui si occupa la "città umanitaria" ed altre organizzazioni che hanno gli stessi obiettivi. Tra questi, il World Food Programme (WFP) che proprio a Dubai ha il Deposito più attivo del pianeta, diretto dal Manager Stefano Peveri che prima di giungere negli Emirati ha gestito per molti anni la base hub UNHRD di Brindisi (Italy). (Giorgio Esposito)


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