2700 Dubai Customs employees join international campaign for combating poverty and hunger

Published October 20th, 2009 - 02:51 GMT

As part of the campaign for combating hunger and poverty across the world launched by Princess Haya Al Hussain, United Nations Peace Ambassador, President of the Board of the International Humanitarian City and Wife of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, All Dubai Customs employees have joined yesterday Sunday  October 18th  2009 millions of people across the world in order to urge the world leaders to keep their commitments and meet the millennium’s developmental objectives by 2015.

Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Dubai Customs Director General, has urged all Customs employees to participate in this international humanitarian campaign where approximately 2700 Customs and Customs Centers employees gathered at 9: am in the morning and declared their effective support and participation in the campaign.

Ahmed Butti Ahmed has, in front of Customs Headquarters, delivered a speech on combating poverty and hunger around the world in the presence of all Customs employees. Simultaneously, Managers of 14 Customs centers and ports in Dubai have given the same speech in front of their respective employees.

Moreover, Dubai Customs Director General has praised in his speech UAE huge efforts in supporting the development causes around the world as well as the humanitarian initiatives launched by HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President and his brother HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and their expansive openhandedness towards different parts of the world.

Ahmed Butti Ahmed added that Customs contribution to the poverty and hunger combat campaign will last an entire week instead of just two days, starting yesterday, Sunday October 18th. He also inaugurated the humanitarian tent set by Customs for collecting food aid for the benefit of the international campaign raised under the logo: “Stand up and Take Action” and organized in the UAE by the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) and the Art of Living Foundation. It is worth mentioning that the international campaign is supported by the International Humanitarian City, the United Nations’ World Food Program and the Emirate Red Crescent.

In addition to that, H.E has also inaugurated in collaboration with the World Food Program and the International Humanitarian City a Photo Exhibition which will take place for an entire week at Dubai Customs lobby displaying photos on poverty and hunger aspects and their impact on children and women across the world. This photo Exhibition comes in line with Dubai Customs events aiming at raising awareness among its employees on the danger of this calamity which threatens billion of people across the world
The campaign at Dubai Customs will last for an entire week to give the opportunity to all employees to offer food aid at the tents set for this purpose at Customs Headquarters and the different Customs centers. Dubai Customs Child Care Center has in this context offered an amount of food and diary products as a way of demonstrating the Child Care Center’ kids empathy towards the poor children around the world.

On the other hand, in his speech Ahmed Butti Ahmed urged all to join their efforts in order to combat poverty and hunger causing the death of more than 50 thousands people daily, thing which no one should accept. He also called for the rich countries leaders to keep their commitments to combat poverty and hunger and provide better and extra support as well as poor countries leaders to consider saving their poorest citizens souls their highest priority.

Ahmed Butti Ahmed stressed:” Dubai Customs participation in the campaign comes as part of the UAE efforts to support development causes and help eliminate poverty across the world.” He pointed out that the poor around the world are the most affected by the economic downturn and the increase of food prices. Moreover, H.E. Ahmed Butti Ahmed urged employees to interact with these local and international campaigns.

He stated:” The growing rates of poverty and the poor’s numbers across the world contravene with all humanitarian norms that are sought by all religions.”

Dubai Customs organizes several charitable events throughout the year that aim at increasing employees’ contribution to voluntary and humanitarian action inline with the Department’s CSR. In this context, H.E. Ahmed Butti Ahmed had already issued a decision of giving employees the chance to donate a paid working day for a charitable action of their choice.

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