Coordination office for charity lauded

ABU DHABI - Resident representatives of international organisations in the UAE have lauded UAE's move to establish the Foreign Aid Coordination Office (FACO) as the maiden initiative in the region to coordinate humanitarian and charitable works as per international standards.

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Published: Fri 11 Jul 2008, 1:31 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:09 PM

They said the move would also allow efficient follow-up, transparency and exchange of information with regard to assistance offered by UAE philanthropists to urgent situations across the world.

In a Press statement, Abdul Aziz Mohammed Al Rukban, special envoy of UN Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said the FACO would play a crucial role in bolstering cooperation between UN organisations and donors with the aim of ensuring prompt response and delivery of aid to the flashpoints and disaster-hit regions.

"The UAE's move revives hopes for further progress and excellence in performance with greater transparency and accuracy to improve outcome of international relief operations," he added.

Al Rukban hailed the UAE's efforts to alleviate the sufferings of people affected by conflicts, crises and disasters in many parts of the world.

He noted that the UAE's relief operations worldwide had earned respect and confidence of international organisations as an effective player and contributor among donor countries.

The Director of the Resident Office of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Abdul Haq Amiri, said, "By creating this office, the UAE has gone a long way in boosting the level of cooperation with other international organisations."

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