Speaking on the second days of the World Government Summit in Dubai, H.R.H. Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has called on governments and humanitarian organisations to create a logistics database that will provide specialised data to aid and assist affected individuals.
In a summit session on the future of humanitarian aid, Princess Haya commented that ending world hunger is imperative for humanitarian, political and economic reasons. “If we do not act now, we will lose our humanity and this is a disaster greater than any other physical disaster,” Her Royal Highness said urging leaders and policymakers to pursue ways to help those in need.
Princess Haya highlighted the UAE’s generous humanitarian aid, saying, “The UAE gave AED32 billion in aid. The UAE will continue in line with the Year of Giving to be one of the most humanitarian countries in the world.”
She noted that work in humanitarian aid and development is still very traditional and that the sector is in need of innovative tools and technology for a quick response to help those in need, adding that more than US$22 billion is needed to tackle various humanitarian crises around the world, a figure that is 10 times more than that which was needed in 2000.
Princess Haya also commended the efforts and support of H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, as a role model for all humanitarian efforts in the UAE.