"Traditional relief first, development later approaches are not tenable in the kinds of complex and protracted crises we face today. That is why UNDP has championed resilience-based development approaches to dealing with protracted crises, like that which Syria and neighboring countries are experiencing," She added.
As part of the programme, Ibrahim Bumelha toured the exhibition area accompanied by a number of key leaders in humanitarian field, visiting the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment, the UAE Red Crescent Society, the Tkiyet Umm Ali, the International Humanitarian City (IHC), Dubai Cares, Dubai Police, the Al Jalila Foundation, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFA), King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, to name just a few.
Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Executive Chairman of DIHAD Conference and Exhibition and the international scientific committee DISAB welcomed all humanitarians taking part of DIHAD this year, and said, "It gives me immense pleasure and honor to see you all here gathering in Dubai for one purpose and one goal. It is really a pleasure to have this big number of attendees and participants who mark their calendars every year to be part of this international event and strive to make a change and create a better life for people and nations suffering from crisis, catastrophes and wars."
Dr. Al Madani continued, "DIHAD now occupies a distinctive position on the world map, and with every success we achieve, the responsibility becomes bigger and bigger. Through the years we took the lead to embrace all international organizations, associations, institutes and NGOs and encouraged them to cooperate and build partnerships in addition to join their efforts for the benefit of the people who are going through crisis and catastrophes."
Dr. Al Madani also reiterated on the role of media and social media in creating a change and innovation for the humanitarian field. He also referred to the 10 years plan that DISAB members are working on for DIHAD.
He said in that regard, "Today we are celebrating the inauguration of the thirteenth edition of DIHAD conference and exhibition. DIHAD adopts a 10 years plan that includes goals to expand our activities and conference agenda every decade. This year the turnout for DIHAD workshops was outstanding, they attracted lots of humanitarians, decision makers and key participants from all parts of the world, the theme was timely and attracted the attention of many organisations. Our plan is to attract more participants and associations every year and create change for those who need it."
Amin Awad, UNHCR's MENA Director said, "DIHAD's theme for this year is a reflection of the leadership and commitment of the United Arab Emirates' leadership to fostering a culture of innovation, particularly in humanitarianism. This commitment is aligned with UNHCR's emphasis on finding new and ground-breaking responses to refugee crises in the Middle East and North Africa, and globally."
DIHAD is organised by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions - member of INDEX Holding and supported by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Est, the UN, the UAE Red Crescent, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, International Humanitarian City, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai and Dubai Cares. DIHAD 2016 is also sponsored by Al Khair Foundation and IQRA TV.