UAE is proud of its volunteers, says Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed

Abu Dhabi - Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region makes statement marking International Volunteer Day on Saturday.

By Wam

Published: Sat 5 Dec 2020, 12:54 AM

The UAE, under the leadership of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, gives volunteer work a significant consideration in its national strategies to promote values of charity, giving and generosity and encourages such initiatives, said Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC).

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In a statement marking International Volunteer Day, which falls on Saturday, December 5, Sheikh Hamdan said that thanks to the keen support and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE has assumed a respectable global position for its humanitarian initiatives towards the countries hit by natural or man-made disasters.

Sheikh Hamdan also highlighted the notable contribution of the volunteers to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The UAE and its leadership are very proud of the volunteers who played a vital role in containing the pandemic and who are still on the frontline, translating the country's preventive and precautionary plans and strategies into tangible action. “Thanks to the initiatives taken by the volunteers, the UAE has been able to successfully overcome this pandemic," he added.

The ERC Chairman underlined the challenges facing volunteer work and volunteers, especially in areas of armed conflicts, while noting that dozens of humanitarian volunteers and workers are killed annually while performing their sacred duties. He referred to the recent attack against the ERC team members in Taiz, Yemen, which was strongly condemned by the international community and its organisations.

The International Volunteer Day was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteering. It offers an opportunity for volunteer organisations and individual volunteers to make their contributions visible at local, national and international levels to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution to their communities.

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