Who: Ms. Rima Salah, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director
When: April 5th, 2005 / 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Dubai International Convention Centre
What: Launch of UNICEF Humanitarian Action Report - ARABIC Version (Presentation and Press Conference)
Parting from an overview of countries around the world still dominated by crisis, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah will launch the Arabic version of the Humanitarian Action Report 2005, a summary document of UNICEF’s humanitarian programmes, key actions and achievements worldwide during the previous year.
The Report describes the situation of children and women in 33 countries and regions and planned humanitarian action during 2005, including the funds required o safeguard and protect their rights with particular focus on longstanding, unstable situations.
UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah will call on the Arab and International Donor Community in the Gulf for sustained contributions to children affected by diverse types of emergency situations around the globe. UNICEF’s Rima Salah will also highlight Dubai’s distinctive model in becoming a major humanitarian hub in the Middle East, with proven success in the relief support provided to the January 2005 multi-country Tsunami crisis.
Set in the framework of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Re-Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD 2005) UNICEF will also address the audience with a detailed review of the present situation in Iraq, Sudan and the occupied Palestinian territory. Similarly, attention will be drawn to countries vulnerable to natural disasters, such as Iran Algeria, Sudan and Djibouti, where recent floods and earthquakes have left thousands of people displaced and homeless.
The UNICEF Humanitarian Action Report lays emphasis on funding appeals and plans of action in the area of humanitarian response in 2005. The HAR has also proven to be useful in fund-raising with donor countries, National Committees and the general public. The HAR 2005 expects to give a boost to resource mobilization for countries/regions in crisis, especially Darfur, where increased funding attention is needed in light of further population displacement and the world’s greatest dependence on humanitarian aid.
The Arabic version of HAR2005 will be made available at www.unicef.org/arabic
One-on-One interviews with UNICEF spokespersons, to be arranged upon request.
For more information, please contact:
M. Anis Salem
Regional Communication Advisor
Mobile: +96279 5732745