The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy (MBRGCEC), in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the ERC.

The signing ceremony took place at the Al Nakheel Palace and was attended by Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The first MoU aims at strengthening the ERC’s partnership with MBRGI in the humanitarian and social fields and helping achieve the UAE government's strategy to enhance social responsibility, as well as boosting their cooperation to drive the country’s humanitarian work and ensure its sustainability.

The MoU was signed by Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Secretary-General of MBRGI, and Dr. Hamdan Musallam Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the ERC’s Board of Directors.

Under the terms of the memorandum, the two sides will work to enhance the UAE’s leading global role in humanitarian and developmental fields, develop relevant innovative projects, initiatives, and campaigns, as well as upgrade the UAE’s 'development accelerators' model, promote innovation and creativity in the sector, develop relevant capabilities and talents, and enhance social responsibility across the public and private sectors.

The MoU also aims to encourage and hone the skills of youth through programmes that meet their needs and contribute to creating a positive and sustainable societal impact, in addition to developing a joint work strategy for exchanging knowledge and technical expertise.

As for the second MoU, it was signed by Hamoud Abdullah Al Junaibi, Secretary-General of the ERC, and Ali Al Mutawa, Secretary-General of the MBRGCEC.

During the meeting, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed was briefed on the initiatives and projects of MBRGI and MBRGCEC and their use of innovation across their operations in various sectors.

Sheikh Hamdan affirmed that the Emirates Red Crescent, under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the initiatives and support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, rolled out several projects that drive sustainability in humanitarian work, and initiatives that provide innovative solutions to many humanitarian challenges, which helped introduce a transitional shift in the field and enhance the UAE's humanitarian efforts, both locally and globally.

He explained that the legacy of the late Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in the field of humanitarian work continues to be a "beacon" that inspires future generations to continue giving towards advancing happiness across communities worldwide, and has helped advance the UAE’s global status in the field.

Sheikh Hamdan added that the authority has made major strides in expanding the scope and reach of its programmes and activities, stressing that the ERC's expertise continue to grow, especially with its ongoing global efforts to help vulnerable and underprivileged people of all faiths and nationalities.

He also underscored the ERC’s keenness to establish and strengthen such partnerships to help bolster the country’s drive in providing humanitarian and development aid.

For his part, Al Gergawi stressed that the Emirates Red Crescent, driven by the support and supervision of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has become one of the world’s leading international humanitarian organisations, highlighting Sheikh Hamdan’s role in carrying the torch which the late Sheikh Zayed lit to lead the UAE on its journey to become a pioneer in the field of providing humanitarian, relief and development aid.

For his part, Dr. Al Mazrouei affirmed the ERC’s keenness to establish such partnerships, which contribute to further developing its programmes and projects, underscoring the authority’s efforts to boost cooperation and coordination with the UAE’s institutions and community.

The signing ceremony was attended by a number of senior officials from the ERC, MBRGI and MBRGCEC.

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