UNICEF participates at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference in Dubai

2018 theme: Sustainability of Emergency Aid

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06 March 2018

DIHAD is an annual international conference and exhibition established in 2004  as the Middle East’s first ever humanitarian aid and development event. It brings together humanitarian actors and key decision makers from leading international organizations, NGOs, Governmental emergency management bodies, foundations ,charities, academia, the private sector and others. It is organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai.


DIHAD’s theme for 2018

Sustainability of Emergency Aid is the theme for this year and amongst others addresses the imperative of investing in education in emergencies. As Dubai Cares’ Annina Mattison said, when asked what her message of hope for a young Syrian refugee girl would be, “we see you and we hear you and we – the international community - will work tirelessly until we bring your life back to normalcy. Education during emergencies is crucial to it”.


UNICEF’s Hope Exhibit

This year UNICEF set up an interactive booth ensuring active participation and passionate discussions with the visitors - on the one hand politicians, global aid community and the private sector on the other young students and academia.

Using Hope as a symbol the exhibits celebrates the success stories of children in the last 70 years whose life UNICEF has impacted positively.  

His Highness Mohammed al Nuami, Chair of charity Human Appeal International giving UNICEF an award for its humanitarian work, received by UNICEF’s Deepali Sood.