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|UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah speaks at the launch of the Arabic version of UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action Report 2005 in Dubai.|
By Mario Diaz and Wolfgang Friedl
Dubai, 5 April 2005 – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah today launched the Arabic version of the Humanitarian Action Report 2005 and called for international donors and humanitarian agencies to renew their commitment and support for countries in crisis.
“We are at the risk of seeing the last decade’s achievements in the child development area decline, as we have failed to recommit to our moral and legal responsibility to safeguard future generations from harm and abuse,” Ms. Salah said at the launch.
Speaking at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Re-Development Conference and Exhibition, Ms. Salah emphasized the need to provide more technical assistance and increased humanitarian aid to countries ravaged by armed conflict, political instability, natural disasters and HIV/AIDS.
“Hundreds of millions of children worldwide are born with their basic rights already denied as the threats of poverty, armed conflict, and HIV/AIDS replicate from one generation to the next,” Ms. Salah said.
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|At the launch event, Ms. Salah made an appeal for assistance to Darfur, where an ongoing conflict and crisis has forced 1.5 million people to flee their homes.|
The UNICEF Humanitarian Action Report 2005 presents an overview of the situation of women and children in 33 countries and regions. It also outlines a plan of initiatives and funding appeals to facilitate humanitarian response.
The report also reviews the effect of humanitarian action in countries and regions affected by armed conflict, such as Iraq, Darfur, Sudan, and the occupied Palestinian territory. Another section of the report looks at the needs of countries vulnerable to natural disasters, such as Iran, Algeria, Djibouti, and Sudan.
“We expect that donors and governments will invest additional funds in children and make all possible resources available to ensure that developmental assistance is sustained. All that we require is the willingness from various sectors to get involved and stay engaged,” Salah added.
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