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UAE to Host International Humanitarian Summit at Expo 2020

The United Arab Emirates will host the International Humanitarian Summit (IHS) on March 30, 2022 at the Expo 2020 Dubai, an IHS press release announced.

The announcement was made on Thursday, coinciding with World Humanitarian Day.

The IHS, which will take place as a hybrid event using Events10x, seeks to play a major role in promoting and assisting international humanitarian organizations that can better people’s lives and save more lives. 

The summit will bring together an international community of intellectuals, governmental institutions, human rights and philanthropic institutions, religious institutions, artists, media professionals, cultural associations and the private sector in order to discuss and shed light on important topics.

The topics on this year’s agenda include COVID-19 challenges and the persisting issues of racism, gender inequality, intolerance, and persecution. 

Gender Equality and Women Empowerment are two major topics that the summit will cover, specifically to enable private organization and governments in promoting more equality. Sessions will focus on creating an inclusive environment for women and marginalized populations.

The summit will also shed light on humanitarian workers who are reaching out to the most vulnerable people to save lives and alleviate suffering. It will honor these workers who haven’t stopped giving despite numerous challenges.

Other key summit features include a highly anticipated Global Leaders Debate that will explore the increase in global fragmentation due to extremism and intolerance. The debate will bring together international leaders to discuss policies to counter these problems and propose initiatives to boost human fraternity and tolerance.

The IHS will also feature the Humanitarian Art and Photography Gallery, which allows artists and photographers from around the world to showcase their work while promoting humanitarian values.

The event will also host a digital exhibition where local governments, private institutions and organizations from different countries will unveil their humanitarian efforts to virtual attendees.

And finally, Humanitarian Stories will provide participants with the opportunity to listen to encouraging stories about life-changing initiatives from around the world. 

On a similar note, the UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai announced on Wednesday that the UAE will offer Golden Visas to charity and humanitarian aid workers in recognition of their efforts and sacrifices. 

Mr. Dawood Al Shezawi, courtesy of IHS


In this regard, Dawood Al Shezawi, Secretary-General of the Board of Trustees, praised the UAE’s in humanitarian work at the regional and global levels.

“The UAE policies put humanitarian and development work at the center, which is evident by the establishment of hundreds of humanitarian projects and institutions. Globally, the UAE plays a leading humanitarian role, dedicating resources and efforts to empowering communities and removing barriers to sustainable development,” he said.

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