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European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
News article14 March 2022Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)

Commissioner Lenarčič participates in the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development event

Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič
© European Union, 2020 (photographer: Aurore Martignoni)

The 18th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development (DIHAD) conference and exhibition takes place on 14-16 March 2022. The event brings together key decision-makers from national government authorities, UN Agencies, international organisations, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, leading NGOs, foundations and charities, academic institutions, and the private sector.

Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič will deliver introductory remarks during the official opening ceremony: “This year's conference brings together our diverse development and humanitarian family to discuss how global partnerships can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It comes at a critical moment. The world is facing rising humanitarian needs across the globe. We are all now closely following the war in Ukraine where civilians are paying the highest price. The EU is mobilising much-needed relief items and humanitarian aid. I call on all donors to support people in Ukraine in need of our immediate help. But at the same time we should not forget rising needs in other crises.”

The Commissioner will meet Reem Al Hashimy, United Arab Emirates Minister of State for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Managing Director for EXPO 2020. They will discuss prospects for closer cooperation between the EU and the United Arab Emirates, as well as specific humanitarian crises notably Ukraine, Yemen, the Syria regional crisis, Afghanistan and the Rohingya.

Commissioner Lenarčič will also visit EXPO 2020 including the Slovenian and the Ukrainian pavilions. 

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