Dubai: UN Messenger of Peace and Chairperson of International Humanitarian City, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, received Mark Lowcock. UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, at the International Humanitarian City (IHC). Representatives of UN Agencies and other international organisations hosted at IHC were also present at the meeting, along with the IHC Chief Executive Officer.
The Under Secretary-General toured IHC warehouses where he witnessed an emergency operation simulation for visiting students. As part of the United Nations Children’s Fund’s initiative to celebrate the World Children’s Day, Dubai’s IHC handed over its management to a group of 30 children who raised their voices in support of children’s rights and wellness.
The young leaders spoke to Mark Lowcock about their relief items and day-to-day operations. They also interviewed him, focusing on the worldwide humanitarian situation and related challenges and solutions. “What I saw today is fantastic, and the best thing about it was the youngest people taking the lead,” said Lowcock. “Many elements are needed to better coordinate emergency responses. The most important thing would be logistics, and the work IHC does in this regard,” he added.
The 10-year-old students from GEMS Modern Academy School were taken, earlier in the morning, on a unique tour of IHC during which they learned about its mission as a humanitarian hub as well as its role in facilitating emergency responses across the globe.