According to UNHCR, nearly 40 million IDP’s are on the run at home
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the 16th edition of Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition – DIHAD continued at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on the second day. The 3-day gathering of humanitarian leaders in Dubai, running until the 14th of March under the theme, ‘People on the Move’, focuses on the need to find innovative solutions to the most pressing issues and challenges facing refugees, migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s), fleeing as a result of conflict, violence, natural and man-made disasters. Continuing their activities on the 2nd day at DIHAD, top humanitarian leaders and industry experts highlighted many important issues that are impacting refugees and migrants during various key sessions such as ‘Humanitarian Responses to Forced Displacement and Migration’, ‘People on the Move and Security; What are the issues? and ‘The Primacy of Preserving Dignity: No Human Being is Illegal’ while a special session was held on ‘People on the Move and the SDG’s’ and ‘Victims of forced migration; the essential need for protection’. Meanwhile, top experts representing various world bodies such as UNHCR, ICRC, OCHA, WHO and MSF stressed on the need to incorporate the key issues facing IDP’s in their efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which promises a ‘leave no one behind’ policy. According to latest reports by UNHCR, IDP’s are accounting for nearly 40 million globally and as current programs and policies to protect and assist IDP’s are facing challenges, experts emphasized that a new approach is needed to overcome the real problems afflicting refugees and migrants. It was highlighted that beyond the most urgent humanitarian responses to such crises, the world community should focus their efforts on making more investments at the local, regional and international levels in peace building and sustainable development.On his part, Mr. Mario Stephan, Executive Director of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), UAE Regional Office, said: “People on the move should not be criminalized” and my session will focus on saving lives as a fundamental part of the global compact, and on policies designed to deter migration.”Commenting on his topic, ‘People on the Move, Causes and Consequences’, Amin Awad, Director of Middle East and North Africa Bureau and Regional Refugee Coordinator, UNHCR – Chair, said, “This year’s theme at DIHAD is an extremely critical one for the MENA region. Displacement remains one of the most pressing and distressing consequences of war. Unaddressed or addressed incompletely, displacement can reverse the long-term developmental trajectory of the region as a whole. We must unpack how to innovatively move forward in the search for comprehensive solutions.”
Additionally, this year, DIHAD is featuring 9 Innovation Workshops which included 2 UNHCR presentations on ‘Introduction of UNHCR Portal for Vendor Registration ‘E-supplier Connection’ while experts representing UNFPA and IOM focused their attention on the topic ‘Complementarity in addressing key humanitarian challenges and innovative approaches’. In addition, another session was entitled ‘CLASP: The Solution to Global Supply Chain Challenges #MobilityAids #Inclusion’, where experts offered their insights on ways to close the gap between assistance required and aid delivered in complex humanitarian situations.
While the conference featured many key insights and discussions on various topics by 48 renowned humanitarian speakers during 8 key sessions, the exhibition featured the ‘DIHAD Buyers Program’ for the first time with exclusive prescheduled one-on-one meetings and key business, networking and matchmaking opportunities for more than 60 Buyers. In addition, over 640 exhibitors including leading NGO’s, government bodies, charities, aid workers and foundations were provided a chance to showcase key technologies and the latest trends in operational support, supply services and products that are helpful for refugees and migrants in need.
DIHAD is organized annually by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of INDEX Holding with the support of United Nations, Emirates Red Crescent, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Est., UNHCR, UNOCHA, OIC, Dubai Cares and International Humanitarian City. The event is sponsored by UAE Water Aid – Suqia, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), King Abdullah Humanitarian Foundation and Life Relief and Development.
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