The 18th annual Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition – DIHAD 2022, will take place from 14th to 16th March, 2022.
The event will highlight the importance of strengthening partnerships and the need for global cooperation to tackle humanitarian issues.
DIHAD is the first-ever humanitarian aid and development event in the Middle East, and will be held in the Sheikh Rashid Hall of the Dubai World Trade Center.
The theme of the conference is “SDG 17, Partnerships and Cooperation for Sustainable Development.”
In 2015, the UAE was among the first United Nations members and first in the Arab world to commit to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.
At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 17), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership to end poverty, improve health and education, reduce inequality, and tackle climate change while working to preserve our oceans and forests.
The UAE is ensuring to follow up thoroughly on its commitment to the 2030 Agenda at DIHAD 2022, as well as succeeding its pledge of ‘Leaving No One Behind,’ against the backdrop of EXPO 2020.
Some of the most distinguished leaders in the humanitarian field will be in attendance, with 47 speakers expected to address various key topics such as Zero Hunger, Climate Action, Good Health and Wellbeing, Clean Water and Sanitation, Gender Equality, Economic Growth and Decent Work for All, among others.
Ambassador Gerhard Putman-Cramer, CEO of DIHAD Sustainable Humanitarian Foundation, said, “The realization of the importance of partnerships and global cooperation has led DIHAD’s International Advisory Board to decide that the DIHAD 2022 event would focus on ‘SDG 17, Partnerships for the Goals’.”
The United Nations Office for the Cooperation of Humanitarian Affairs is also set to hold a pre-conference workshop before the commencement of DIHAD to introduce participants to this year’s conference theme from the perspective of the multilateral humanitarian system.
DIHAD is supported by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives among many other institutions.