Mon 20-03-2017 19:51 PM

UAE announces over 1400 initiatives for National Year of Giving

DUBAI, 20th March, 2017 (WAM)--The National Committee for the Year of Giving held a press conference on Monday to highlight the local initiatives and programmes that have been launched in order to consolidate the culture of giving and goodness generosity throughout the UAE.

The initiatives focus on instilling the culture of giving in across various communities, individuals and institutions, including the public and private sectors.

More than 1,400 initiatives have been launched, engaging both private and public sector entities, and targeting various segments of society in the UAE.

These initiatives aim to realise the mission behind the Year of Giving 2017, which was launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and supported by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who urged people to develop sustainable humanitarian initiatives, within a the agreed regulatory framework, that can have a positive impact on various communities in the state.

The Year of Giving includes six main pillars, which are Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Volunteerism, the growth of Humanitarian Organisations and the Development Ssector, the Role of the Media, the Development of a Legislative System, and Serving the Nation.

The initiatives also fall under the umbrella of the UAE National Strategy for the Year of Giving, which constitutes an integrated package of programmes and projects that aim to improve various aspects of humanitarian and charity work in each Emirate in the UAE.

The press conference was attended by Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future and the Chairman of the National Committee for the Year of Giving; Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Director of The Martyrs’ Families’ Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court; Dr. Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Secretary-General of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi; Abdulla Abdul Rahman Al Shaibani, Secretary-General of the Executive Council of Dubai; Mohamed Hilal, Deputy Chairman of the Year of Giving committee in Sharjah; Saeed Saif Al Matrooshi, Secretary-General of the Executive Council of Ajman; Dr. Mohammed Abdul Latif Khalifa, Secretary-General of the Executive Council of Ras al-Khaimah; Humaid Rashed Al Shamsi, Secretary-General of the Executive Council of Umm al-Qaiwain, and Mohammed Saeed Al Dhanhani, Director of the Emiri Diwan of Fujairah.

It was emphasised that all initiatives are dedicated to the UAE’s fallen heroes; those who sacrificed their lives for their homeland; they are the finest and most genuine givers of goodness, who uphold the status of the UAE and represent the country’s unity, cohesion and solidarity.

Al Gergawi noted, "The sacrifice of the martyrs is a clear message to us all that the selfless devotion to our national cause is the ultimate act of giving." He continued, "Their example inspires us, and in every generous deed we remember them."

Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun, said, "In mourning our fallen, we come together as a nation as their sacrifices remind us of our humanity and the importance of unity in our communities throughout the UAE. We come together to celebrate the spirit of giving, inspired by their example of selfless devotion to the nation."

Their heroism remains embedded in the people’s hearts, and their stories remain fresh in the minds of the communities, passed between generations and engrained in the nation’s journey.

Al Gergawi, Chairman of the National Committee for the Year of Giving, stated that local initiatives are an addition to the initiatives that have been launched on a nation-wide level, within the committee’s strategic objectives, that seek to establish the UAE as a humanitarian leader locally, regionally and globally. The initiatives also seek to regulate humanitarian work within a legislative framework, so that philanthropy becomes a tangible goal that is measurable in accordance with the overall vision and mission of the Year of Giving, he added.

He stated, "On the one hand, the local initiatives meet the requirements of each Emirate, but on the other, they complement one another as they embrace a common goal, under a holistic framework for giving. The initiatives prove that each Emirate enriches the Year of Giving in its own way, and that together, we achieve a wider reach and more benefits, building a fruitful and productive correlation between the various sectors, and contributing to the laying the foundation for integrated giving that takes into the account the needs of each community."

The Year of Giving is dedicated to UAE’s fallen heroes, Al Gergawi reiterated, addeing that the "the sacrifice of the martyrs is a clear message to us all that the selfless devotion to our national cause is the ultimate act of giving." He continued, "Their example inspires us, and in every generous deed with remember them."

Representatives from the Year of Giving executive boards of each of the seven Emirates shared their local initiatives, with a specific timeframe, specific goals and expected results.

Abu Dhabi: The government of Abu Dhabi prepared 247 initiatives that effectively fall under the six major pillars of the Year of Giving, covering various aspects of humanitarian work in several sectors of the local community.

Dr. Al Mazrouei, Secretary-General of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi said, "The Abu Dhabi government is keen to contribute actively to the Year of Giving with initiatives that promote and spread humanity throughout the UAE and the world." He continued, "Humanitarianism has always been a cherished value in the UAE, which has established a philanthropic identity that spreads beyond its borders, and supports those in need, regardless of race, colour or nationality."

One of the main Year of Giving initiatives from the Abu Dhabi government is titled "Spreading a culture Culture of Volunteerism". The initiative is an awareness campaign, which seeks to spread the culture of volunteerism throughout the emirate. Educational programmes and awareness campaigns will be launched, with the objective of establishing a culture of volunteering, an essential pillar in overall social development and social cohesion, in the community.

All government, quasi-government and private sector institutions are urged to participate by appealing to their employees and offering them volunteer opportunities to help those in need, including people with disabilities, orphans, the elderly, and hospitalised patients.

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